Utilite ARM-based Mini-PC features Android or Linux, starts at $99

by: Andrew GrushJuly 15, 2013


Recently we’ve seen quite a few attempts to bring Android over to the desktop and laptop market. Some of these solutions are designed to work as laptop/tablet hybrids, others as AIO desktops. Then there are even mini-computers that are flexible enough to work as media centers, enthusiast devices or even full desktop replacements.

Compulab’s upcoming Utilite falls into the mini-computer category, and while it is far from the first of its kind, the computer’s wide-ranging specs and features certainly help it stand out.

The Utilite is powered by a Freescale i.M6 processor, and will be available in either single, dual or quad-core configurations. Love the idea of tons of RAM? The Utilite will support up to 4GB, which is pretty impressive for an ARM-based mini-PC.

The new mini-PC also offers plenty of storage space, with its top configuration being a 512GB mSATA drive. If that’s not enough storage for you, the Utilite will also support up to 128GB removable storage via SDXC.

Some of the other specs include 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, HDMI and DVI ports, S/PDIF and stereo jacks, Wifi, Bluetooth, 4 USB 2.0 ports and two RS232 serial ports.

As for the OS? The enthusiast mini-PC will be available with either Ubuntu or Android pre-installed. No word on what version of Android, though at the very least it will probably support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Utilite goes on sale next month, with pricing starting at just $99 for a ‘base’ configuration. What do you think, interested or not?

  • MasterMuffin

    Dumb question: 2Gb ethernet ports or 2 1Gb ethernet ports?

  • Daniel Nasim

    Yep. Very interested!

    • spade

      yeah :D

  • Michael ONeal

    I’ll never buy another computer with a spinning hard drive.

    • kaja

      good for you

  • Phil Hoe

    Hope this will be available in UK, would love an android version under my tv.

    • taz89

      Agree been looking for an mini android PC to turn my bedroom TV into a smart TV… There are all these cheap mk808 etc from chinese markets but not sure about them..if this comes in the UK than I may purchase one.

      • MrMagoo

        I’ve had an MK808b for about a year now. The original with rk3066 and 1GB RAM. Eventually flashed it with a finless BOB rom which gave all kinds of extra goodies! Play all kinds of games, surf the web, and use it with skype on my tv. Paid $50 bucks shipped and now the RK3188 with 2GB RAM are around for the same price. If you’re a tinkerer you’ll love it!

  • Kormakur Danielsson

    so, bare bones, lowest end model would be $99? Meh, Might make a nice router or set-top box.

  • Ryan Burke

    im a bit intrigued..cheap. might just do what it needs to bare bones.

  • Marm

    This unit doesn’t impress me at all. I would far rather see no spinning hard drive and a smaller unit with less power consumption. Personally I prefer to use cloud storage or sourcing data from my LAN. I am hoping to get the much smaller MK802 IV Android 4.1 Quad Core RK3188 2GB RAM A9 1.8GHZ WIFI MINI PC HD TV BOX. That has everything I want including lots of power and bluetooth keyboard/remote.

    • kaja

      very nice

  • Rifki Harahap

    Look like raspberry pi with fancy box

  • Jayd

    Nice. Only 3-8 watts when running and with an mSata (ie: SSD) drive optional at the top end. I want this.

  • Tabor Kelly

    I will buy it if it has a JTAG port.

  • captnbli

    sounds great

  • Sean Hunt

    I like the concept but I already have this with my note2 + smart dock…

  • Ryan Burke

    very cool