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APC Paper: a $99 Android PC That Looks Like a Book

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

APC is expanding its idea of cheap Android computers with a device that is actually a fully functional, encased product and not just a mainboard.

The APC "Paper" integrates the company's $79 APC Rock board with case made from recycled cardboard. It is not the prettiest case you will ever see, but if basic Internet access is all that you need the Paper could be worth a look.

The computer is based on Android 4.0, and uses an 800 MHz Via ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB flash storage, as well as HDMI, 2 x USB 2.0, microUSB, audio in/out, and 10/100 Ethernet connectivity. There is also a microSD card slot.

Preorders start in March and will be priced at $99.


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    zzz_b , January 18, 2013 5:42 PM
    I do not think I would buy one, but the idea is very cool!
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    DSpider , January 18, 2013 5:49 PM
    I expected something else after reading the title... I expected an e-reader-like device (with an actual screen or two).
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 7:03 PM
    Those are terrible specs for a box with no display. They need to either cut the price in half or pump up the specs to something like a dual-core 1.2ghz.

    Right now you could buy a tablet more powerful than that, with all the same inputs, AND a 7 inch 1024 by 600 capacitive touch screen, and still pay under $80.
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    felix666 , January 18, 2013 7:32 PM
    I would be surprised if a cardboard casing passes the UL approval.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 7:36 PM
    Specs suck...needs dual core @ 1ghz , 1gb ram, and gigabit network adapter for me to even consider this.
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    friikazoid , January 18, 2013 8:26 PM
    TblatThose are terrible specs for a box with no display. They need to either cut the price in half or pump up the specs to something like a dual-core 1.2ghz.Right now you could buy a tablet more powerful than that, with all the same inputs, AND a 7 inch 1024 by 600 capacitive touch screen, and still pay under $80.


    Oh really?? Link ONE such tablet
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    cooldex , January 19, 2013 12:12 AM
    yea the specs are horrible it need to be 1.2ghz or better like a quadcore with 2gb ram cause YouTube is a powerful website even for Android and plus in 1080p Res yea it going have to do better then that or like 20$
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    MasterMace , January 19, 2013 2:46 AM
    It will burst into flames.
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    doive1231 , January 19, 2013 7:41 AM
    Inside is a cheap smartphone.
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    phillipw , January 19, 2013 7:39 PM
    felix666I would be surprised if a cardboard casing passes the UL approval.



    No need for UL approval. It has a low voltage input.
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    madjimms , January 20, 2013 1:33 AM
    Those specs are just horrible at that price point...
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    madjimms , January 20, 2013 1:33 AM
    MadjimmsThose specs are just horrible at that price point...

    Sorry, I take that back, the CPU is horrible.
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    joebob2000 , February 19, 2013 12:57 PM
    For $99 you could buy one of the cheap stick-PC type units, a USB hub, and a hollowed out book of any shape or color and have a much faster version of this rather odd product... I wish them all the luck as the idea is great, a book that can sit on a shelf near a TV and blend in with its surroundings while its actually a HTPC is brilliant.

    But then again with the Android mini-stick i bought for $50, it hides completely behind the TV quite nicely so I personally would probably never buy one of these things.
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    koga73 , June 18, 2013 2:21 PM
    Are there any Android PCs that support PoE (power-over-ethernet)?