CoolShip Android computer in a keyboard is the latest Android-powered computer. But this one is unlike other Android units. It’s not in a USB stick, but in a keyboard with most of the connectivity of a standard desktop or notebook computer.
As non-standard computers come, the CoolShip is unlike others that are powered by Android. Think the Commodore 64/128, but less bulky. And aside from Android 4.0, there is a customized Android operating system appropriately named CoolShip OS that has a Windows-like UI.
This all-in-keyboard computer is powered by a Rockchip Dualcore RK3066 1.5Ghz processor, has a standard power input plus a 300mAh Li-battery that provides backup in the event of a power outage. The rest of the specs for the CoolShip are:
- Quad-core ARM Mali™-400 GPU
- 1G DDR3 RAM and 4 or 8 GB Nand flash storage
- 100Mbps Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity
- Input: VGA, HDMI, SD card slot, USB2.0 (x2)
The hardware that powers the CoolShip is contained in a single, palm-sized core board. As such, it is not possible to upgrade individual parts. Upgrade means swapping the whole board for a new one. And no, there is no SATA capability.
A screen shot of CoolShip OS’s graphical interface.
Here’s a video introduction of the CoolShip.
The CoolShip is a product of FocusWill Information Technology Co., Ltd, an outfit based in Shenzhen, China. It’s currently being crowd-funded at Indiegogo. Target date of shipping is April (2013). The base package is $89.00, which gets you one CoolShip computer. More information about the funding is available here. Product details here.