The TBS8240 Android mini PC is a yet another quad core Android mini PC that has shown up on some online shelves lately. However, unlike all the other quad core models that we have seen so far, the TBS8240 is powered by a quad core Freescale i.MX6 chip. All of the other quad core devices we have seen so far are mostly powered by the Rockchip RK3188 and the Allwinner A31.
We have not seen many Freescale i.MX6 Android mini PC devices except for the Zealz GK802. In fact, if you look closely, the TBS8240 does look identical to the Zealz GK802 except for the markings. I would even say that the TBS8240 is actually a re-branded GK802. The rest of the hardware specification for both units are also identical. They both have 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM and built-in Bluetooth.
The main reason that I am posting this is the fact that the TBS8240 is currently available for purchase from Amazon. I know there are many who are interested in buying the latest quad core Android mini PCs but are more comfortable buying from Amazon due to their support and return policy. The TBS8240 is shipped and sold by DTV Shop who claims to be the sole authorized distributor for TBS branded products.
The Freescale i.MX6 is a 1.2 GHz quad core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU paired with a Vivante GC2000 GPU. The Freescale i.MX6 is of great interest to Linux enthusiasts because unlike other chip makers, Freescale makes available the i.MX6 documentation to developers. Although the i.MX6 GK802 was released not too long ago, the work to port Ubuntu over has already progressed to quite an advanced stage. Having access to the hardware documentation will mean that hardware video decoding will be possible on Linux. If you are interested in getting the GK802/TBS8240, you should check out this thread over at ArmTvTech Forum.