TAIWANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Gigabyte previewed a mini PC called Brix that could see the firm take on the Raspberry Pi at a "tech tour" event in London last night.
Boasting what the firm claims is "the same power as a tower PC", the mini computer boasts a choice of Intel Celeron or Core processors as powerful as the Core i7 chip for "low to high power".
Full specifications of the aluminium bodied device are thin on the ground as yet, but we do know Brix will feature support for dual monitors and have an onboard mSATA SSD drive.
The Brix has much more connectivity on offer than seen on the Raspberry Pi, including a mini Display Port, HDMI out, two USB 3.0 ports and a LAN port as well as a WiFi card for internet access.
However, we can't be completely sure if Brix is a worthy competitor to the Raspberry Pi - which costs £35 for the more expensive model B and offers two USB slots, 512MB of RAM and an Ethernet port - due to the lack of pricing confirmation from Gigabyte. It is very likely it will be more expensive, due to its higher specifications.
The firm's product specialist, Isabel Goy told us she expects the device will launch in the UK within the next month or so, but couldn't tell us any more than that.
While Gigabyte didn't directly state the Raspberry Pi as the market it was going after, it alluded to this with its reference to "having only one main competitor". In the same way the Raspberry Pi Foundation markets its mini PC, Gigabyte also intends for Brix to be used in educational establishments, as well as for businesses and personal use. µ