Entering the band of keyboard-based desktop computers, China’s FocusWill Information Technology has come up with an Android based desktop dubbed the “CoolShip,” that looks more like a keyboard than a computer. Powered by a 1.5 GHz Rockchip dual-core RK3066 ARM processor with Mali-400 graphics, the new computer runs on Android 4.0, with an optional Windows-like custom skin, especially for Chinese users.
Featuring 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and standard 4 GB of NAND flash storage as, together with optional 8 GB, the CoolShip integrates a full-size keyboard that sports 104 chiclet-style keys with touchpad to the right, other than stereo speakers (each rated at 0.7 W) underneath the major keys. Incorporating two USB 2.0 ports, 3.5-mm audio in and out, SD card slot, Ethernet LAN and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technology, the keyboard-based desktop supports 1080p HD video playback on a connected monitor via VGA or HDMI as well.
Integrating a 3.7 V (300 mAh) lithium battery to protect the OS, in case of a power failure, the CoolShip is currently seeking funding at Indiegogo for global production. When it’s produced, users will get 8 GB of storage, USB mouse, 16 GB SD card and a tested version of the English version of the custom Android overlay for just $119.