If you’ve been wanting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a stick this little device is worth the wait. We first reported on the FXI Cotton Candy USB stick back in January, and received some hands-on during Mobile World Congress in February. The Computer-on-a-stick was supposed to ship in March but pre-orders will now be shipping at the end of the month with a slight design change and improved hardware.
FXI Tech calls this the “world’s smallest PC” running on Ubuntu and now Android 4.0, along with embedded virtualization clients for Windows, Linux and Mac if you’d like. The March release date was delayed until the end of May as they improved Android 4.0 support, tweaked and improved the design with black end covers and more, and even beefed up the internals so all those wanna-be computers-on-a-stick don’t stand a chance. The Cotton Candy is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, a quad-core Mali 400 GPU for graphics (Galaxy S II power), 1GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth and even a micro-SD slot for up to 64GB of storage.
Yup, all of that in a 3-inch device the size of a pack of gum. Who wants one? On the ends we have HDMI out with 1080p performance to connect to your HDTV, USB 2.0 on the other end, with microUSB in the middle for additional options for peripherals or a mouse. If you didn’t want one before, you’ll surely want one now with the new design shown above.
FXI is shipping late this month in Norway (their home country) and they will be available for the US and other parts of the world later this summer, hopefully late June because I want (need) one. Pre-orders were for $199 but they appear to be sold out for now and will be available again shortly. Get your own via the link below.