VIA ARM DS and Android PC Market niche
A month or so ago VIA announced the imminent availability of their APC (Android PC) motherboard, in neo-ITC form factor. Later on, VIA announced that they pre-sold their whole first batch of their APC product, marking the eagerness of the consumer market for an Android PC motherboard.
Now they present us into their VIA ARM DS system, which seems to be a revamped APC Motherboard, inside a very compact case. It is not available for sale, yet, as it has just been announced, by some nice specifications are already available for the VIA ARM DS system on VIA website:
VIA ARM DS specifications
The VIA ARM DS is an all-in-one system designed for running Android OS. Includes a standard ARM 9 “system on a chip” solution. It is cased in a very small form factor which can be placed in a stand-up position thus using very little space on your desk. The VIA ARM DS is powered also by an video accelerator capable of coping with 1080p resolutions, 64GB of NAND Flash memory for storage and up to 2gb DDR3 SDRAM.
I/O Ports on the VIA ARM DS
The VIA ARM DS includes four USB 2.0 ports, one 10/100 ethernet port, audio IN / OUT and a DVI-D display port, which can be easily converted into an HDMI port.
To sum it up, the VIA ARM DS is a very nice Android PC system. The downside will be -we suppose- it’s pricing, which remains to be announced. How much would be a fair price for you ? We would say about U$S 100 or less. Hopefully VIA surprises us with a nice price tag for the VIA ARM DS.