Android in your pocket? OK, you already have that if you have an Android phone, but in terms of flexibility, nothing quite beats an actual PC. So what if you could carry about a small portable computer running Android, just waiting for whatever task you want to throw at it? Enter the AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 mini PC.
The tiny 8.8 x 3.5 x 1.2cm package weighs a comfortable 200g, which is heavier than the average smartphone but for what it packs is very acceptable. A 1.5GHz CPU with a speedy Mali 400 GPU from ARM delivers grunt, while 512MB RAM, 4GB of on-board Flash and a MicroSD slot take care of your storage and memory needs.
There's a USB port and 802.11b/g connectivity is there, as well as the ability to output 1080p video via HDMI. Running the show, as mentioned, is Android — Ice Cream Sandwich to be exact.
The cost is $US74, but a full machine (let alone a phone with comparable specs) will cost you much more than that. It doesn't make calls obviously, but that's not what it's for.
I can't wait until these things are small and powerful enough to run PC games — just make sure a monitor, mouse and keyboard await you at your destination and you have the ultimate portable LAN machine.
Image: Ars Technica