In the world today, consumers only need a simple, small PC that is at the same time affordable. And this has been a thriving market as of late, all thanks to Intel's Compute Stick and NUC, Android set-top boxes, ECS' LIVA Mini PC series and so forth. While there are cheaper offerings available today, most of them still require additional parts and further tinkering that would probably be beyond a regular consumer's knowledge. This is where Endless' Mini comes in--an affordable mini PC that brings not only a well-rounded desktop but also preloaded content for resources to boot.
During the Consumer Electronics Show 2016, Endless Mobile has announced the US$79 spherical Endless Mini. It's an affordable Mini PC that comes with decent hardware specifications and neat features, as well as preloaded content such as full encyclopedia, educational lectures, recipes, health information and over a hundred of other apps, making its target the emerging, developing countries where Internet connectivity is scarce, unreliable or nonexistent.
"If people don't have Internet, what do they do?" said Endless CEO Matt Dalio. "We need to make a computer with Internet, without Internet, and something in between where it is spotty."
As far as its specifications go, the Endless Mini comes with an Amlogic S805 chipset with a 1.5GHz quad-core A5 CPU and Mali-450 GPU. It will also arrive in two variants: there's one with 24GB of internal SSD storage, and there's another with 32GB of it. For connectivity and peripherals, it features an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port, a total of three USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and an HDMI and composite video port for its display. Its power draw only amounts to 15W as well. However, only the 32GB variant will have Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.