With Android gaining in popularity with every passing year, more and more forked versions of the open-source OS are springing up all over the place, with Amazon’s Fire OS being one of the most popular ones in the Western hemisphere. However, a relatively newer desktop-optimized fork of Android-x86 has also started to tickle the fancy of tech-lovers worldwide. Called Remix OS, the platform was developed by Jide Technologies, and allows users to run Android apps on personal computers powered by Intel x86 and x86-64 processors. While Jide itself comes out with devices running Remix OS out of the box, other OEMs are also free to use the software in their devices, although, the software itself is closed-source unlike Android-x86.
MeeGoPad is one such company that has now introduced the MeeGoPad A02, which happens to be its first-ever PC-on-a-stick that runs on Remix OS. The Chinese vendor has already listed the device as a crowdfunding venture on the website of retailer JD.com, and is currently accepting pre-orders for the same. The initial pricing seems to be fairly attractive, with the 1 GB RAM / 16 GB storage model being sold at 199 Yuan ($30), while the 2GB/32GB model carries a 299 RMB ($46) price-tag. Sadly for people around the world, though, MeeGoPad is yet to clarify whether the device will be restricted to China only, or whether it has plans to eventually take it to global markets.
Taking a quick look at the tech specs, the MeeGoPad A02 is powered by an Allwinner A83t ARM Cortex-A7 chip that comes with an integrated octa-core processor. As mentioned already, the device comes in two different RAM and storage configurations, with a base model sporting 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while a more premium version comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. As for connectivity options, the MeeGoPad A02 stick PC comes with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port for charging, a standard 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card reader. So while not exactly the cutting edge of technology, the product still looks fairly interesting for the price it is asking.