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A couple of companies have started promoting new Android mini PCs featuring dual core Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 processors over the past week. Now South African distributor Reno Botes has received his first shipment from the manufacturer, and he plans to start filling orders tomorrow.

But he’s also taken the time to share a few photos with us, so we can get a better look at what the little computers look like.

 

The mini PC is the size of a large USB flash drive — if a flash drive had a dual core CPU, 4GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM, as well as a microSD card slot, full and micro-sized USB ports, 802.11n WiFi, and an HDMI connector.

The little computer runs Google Android 4.0 and it’s designed to be plugged directly into the HDMI port on a TV. You can hook up a mouse and/or keyboard to navigate through the Android interface.

There case is pretty much covered with vents, which should help keep the little computer from overheating.

Botes also included a few photos of the retail packaging and images of what the mini PC looks like when you remove its plastic shell if you want to go for that Raspberry Pi-esque look.

Reno Botes isn’t the only one offering this sort of product. This week US retailer Oval Elephant started taking pre-orders for an identical mini PC for $90. It’s expected to start shipping in September.

Meanwhile, a company called Minix plans to launch a similar device called the Minix NEO G4 soon. Like the other two mini PCs, it features a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor. But the Neo G4 comes with 8GB of storage instead of 4GB. The case design is also a little different.

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