Stella Mira is the company behind this new Android Pocket Console, which is how this start-up company christened their variant of the Android-on-a-Stick niche. The Android Pocket Console is marginally bigger than other Android on a Stick and certainly it is packed with goodies.
One of the particularly interesting goodies is a docking station -sold separately- which we assume can be left hooked into your TV, so you can just snap your Android Pocket Console into it when you arrive at home. At this time we may place some emphasis on the “assume” side of the information, as there is not much information about this pocket docking station, other than some intriguing claims (more on this later).
What is inside Stella Mira’s Android Pocket Console ?
The Android Pocket Console is powered by an Allwinner A10 Cortex-A8 processor running at 1.5Ghz with a GPU coprocessor running at 500hz. It also includes a Quad-core Mali 400MP 720p / 1080P graphics processor.
It runs on Android 4.x out of the box, and to do so smoothly enough, it includes 1Gb of DDr3 RAM. On the connectivity side, it includes WIFI (b/g only!) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Stella Mira is promising an optional version of their Android Pocket Console with 3G connectivity.
For wired connectivity the Android Pocket Console portrays 3 USB 2.0 ports (OTG), a microSD card slot, a micro USB port, and an HDMI port.
On the included storage side, you may select from different flash ram sizes ranging from 8gb (the base Android Pocket Console) which is priced at U$S 130 up to 128gb model (that is a first!) carrying a hefty price tag of U$S 250. The 3G model is based on the 16Gb flash ram model and you will find it on pre-order at a price tag of U$S 200.
Pocket dock for the Android Pocket Console
You may thing that the Pocket Dock for the Android Pocket Console would only add a bunch of wired connectivity options, in order to facilitate the home / office integration with your TV or monitor. It does that, but also includes the ability to get a different operative system stored inside it, which will make your Android Pocket Console to boot into it.
The list of OS available at this time is exclusively on the Linux side, including Ubuntu, Lubunto, Xubuntu and Fedora distributions. You need to choose your operative system at the time of your purchase, as it comes pre-loaded inside the Pocket Dock. This last bit of information sounds a bit weird … We would like to know if the OS at the pocket dock can be user-changed.
The Pocket Dock for the Android Pocket Console has a price tag of U$S 50. It is interesting to note that you are redirected from Stella Mira’s website into ebay in order to purchase either the Android Pocket Console or the Pocket Dock.
Intended uses for the Android Pocket Console
There is a large list of intended uses on Stella Mira’s website and some of them we shall copy in here, as they will better confer the idea behind the Android Pocket Console to you:
- All kind of network client functions, including Bittorrent, Web, Ftp, NAS, Proxy, etc.
- Wearable and Portable Computer (you will need a monitor, keyboard and touchpad)
- Media Server and Receiver (add XBMC and a bunch of USB drives)
- Thin Client and even CyberCafé computer (again, you will need at least a monitor)
- Video Conferencing System
You may take a peek into the original applications list for Stella Mira’s Android Pocket Console: On the most creative side of the list of tasks that may be performed by your Android Pocket Console, you will find some really creative -if not weird- ones.