FXI’s Cotton Candy PC-on-a-stick goes up for pre-order, will come with Android 4.0 or Ubuntu

FXI Cotton Candy PCIt has only been a few months since we last looked at FXI Technologies’ Cotton Candy PC, but it has now reached the point where it’s ready to be put on sale, and keen buyers can pre-order the device today.

If this is the first time you’ve heard of the Cotton Candy, here’s a refresher: It’s a tiny computer stuffed inside a case no bigger than your average USB thumb drive, which connects to any screen with a USB input, providing a completely portable computing experience.

Since the last time around a few points have changed, most obviously in the looks department, as the little PC has a new casing design which is a huge improvement over the prototype seen in November. Also, rather than ship with Android Gingerbread, the Cotton Candy comes with either Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Ubuntu Linux, and your choice is downloaded through FXI’s website.

The hardware spec appears to be unchanged though, with a 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex dual-core processor, the ARM Mali 400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. A microSD card slot will provide up to 64GB of storage space, plus there is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

A USB and HDMI 1.3 connector are on hand to connect the Cotton Candy to your screen, and the little PC can play HD video, show various picture file formats and if you choose Android, run all the usual apps from the Android Market. The Bluetooth connection lets you use a wireless keyboard and mouse too.

The pre-order page says the Cotton Candy has “limited availability from March” and can be pre-ordered for $199 or £139 excluding any taxes and shipping. 

It sounds great, but if you’re after a similarly miniscule computer and only want a Linux OS, then the Raspberry Pi is also almost ready to ship, and it costs a far more pocket-friendly $35.

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