pcduino-3sTo get a sense of perspective on the theory of relativity, the recently introduced $1,099 21” iMac is touted to be cheap – at least for an Apple desktop, and here we are with (an arguably far weaker) a $99 dual-core computer that is simply known as the pcDuino3. This single-board computer will be able to run on either Android or Ubuntu Linux, where it will be powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, all enclosed within a steel case

Other hardware specifications of the pcDuino3 include 1GB RAM, a paltry 4GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card reader for expansion purposes, 10/100 Ethernet connectivity, a trio of USB ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is also an HDMI port that allows the pcDuino3 to keep up with the times in order for it to hook up to an external display.

Of course, it must be noted that with a 1GHz Allwinner A20 processor coupled with the Mali-400 graphics chipset is not the most powerful and fastest chip around, but it is good enough to handle the most simple of tasks. Being specially designed as a developer-friendly board, the pcDuino3 works best when it functions as a media player, a thin client, or for other low-power PC tasks.

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