This mips board is dual-core 32-bit. Other manufacturers have shipped mini-pc form factor boards with: -Intel octacore 64-bit, -ARM octa-core 32-bit, -ARM quad-core 32-bit, -ARM dual-core 64-bit.
It's very interesting to have another alternative, but MIPS manufacturers will have play catch up in terms of core-count, price and GNU/Linux open-source support with respect to the kernel and the graphics chipset aspect in order to turn some heads and have people fork out cash for them. I'm still conservative. In my humble-opinon dual-core ARM or MIPS running at ~ 1GHz doesn't compare well-enough with >3GHz dual-core Intel product in terms of GUI responsiveness. Battery life isn't the only concern and never will be. INTEL/AMD rock my world on the desktop, but ARM QUAD-CORE is adequate and I'll admit that. I have no problems recommending QUAD-CORE anything, provided they have 4-8 GB RAM, SATA, USB 3.0, and Gigabit Ethernet. Anything else will frustrate users or users will end up wanting for more a couple of days after the purchase. I'm not talking mobile devices here. I'm talking wanna-be hybrid tv-box/mini-PC as desktop replacements. Why are we still selling 1GB RAM to 2GB RAM devices? I'll tell you why: MANUFACTURERS want to dump their legacy product before they ship the newer gen stuff. I won't sell that stuff because nobody wants that or will be frustrated with that stuff. Is it just me or do the manufacturers have a "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT" attitude towards the consumers. Didn't dual/quad core-32bit exist 15 years ago? Something doesn't smell right in this picture. Shouldn't we be octa-core 64-bit on the desktop/mobile already?