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Mele A2000 Android 2.3 Media Player Powered by AllWinner A10

Last month, I ordered a Mele A1000 in order to hack it to run Linux as it uses the same processor – the Cortex A8/Mali-400MP based AllWinner A10 – as the one planned for the low cost Rhombus Tech board. I have yet to receive the device, but Mele (迈乐) has already released  the Mele A2000, an Android 2.3 set-box box also powered by AllWinner A10.

Allwinner A10 Android Set-Top Box

Mele A2000 Android Media Player

Here are Mele A2000 specifications:

CPU: ARM Cortex A8 AllWinner A10 @ 1 GHz (It can be apparently be overclocked up to @ 1.5GHz)
GPU: Mali 4000
Memory: DDR3 512MB RAM / 4GB Nand Flash
OS System: Android 2.3.4 (Upgradable to Android 4.0)
External Storage: Supports SD card up to 32GB, supports 2.5″ SATA HDD up to 1TB, Supports max 16GB USB flash disk
Video codecs: HD MPEG-1/2/4. H.264. HD AVC/VC-1, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DviX 4/5/6, RealVideo 8/9/10, VP6
Video Formats: ts, m2ts, tp, trp, mkv, mp4, mov, avi, rm/rmvb, wmv, vob, asf, flv, dat, mpf and mpeg. NB: ISO format is not supported.
Maximum bitrate: 40Mpbs, maximum resolution 2160p (3840×2160)
Subtitle Format: SRT/SMI/SSA/ASS
Network interface: RJ45(10/100Mbps)
Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g and support for external 3G card (WCDMA 3.5G)
Video Output: HDMI 1.4 (1080p) / VGA / Composite
Audio Output: HDMI / Optical Out / Stereo
Interfaces: SD/SDHC + 3 x USB HOST + LAN
Features: Internet TV box, Software application supported, 1080P media player, QQ/MSN/Skype etc.
Language: Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/English
Accessories: 1 x 2.5 HDD cover (Following a comment below, it appears the Mele A2000 does not include it, contrary to Mele A1000. TBC)
  1 x AV cable (130cm)
  1 x AC 100~240V power adapter (2-flat-pin plug / 110cm cable)
  1 x Remote controller (2 x AAA batteries not included)
  1 x Chinese & English manual

Here’s the back of the device with all the audio/video connections, Ethernet, USB and power.

. Allwinner A10 STB Audio/Video Output, Power and Networking

Mele A2000 Connections

There is also one USB host port, SD card slot and power button on the front panel.

The only differences I can find with the Mele A1000 is the larger flash memory (4GB vs. 2GB) (It turns out the Mele A1000 also has 4GB NAND Flash) and support for an external 3G card. If the later is just a 3G USB dongle then it should also be supported in Mele A1000.  The specifications also mention the Allwinner A10 can be overclocked to 1.5 Ghz, but I don’t know if it has always been the case, or the Mele A2000 has a new revision of the chip.

Both devices are so similar that the latest firmware update (v1.5) is the same for both Mele A1000 and Mele A2000 and Mele also promises Android 4.0 (ICS) for a future update which I expect to be rolled out to both media players.

I suspect the hardware to be the same (except for the 4GB flash), so the Mele A2000 should also be hackable.

The Mele A1000 is available now on several Chinese websites such as 天猫 TMall.com for 489 RMB (77 USD) and will probably be available on dealextreme.com soon.

[Update: It is available for 90.77 USD or 92.71 USB with wireless mouse on smalltao.com. Shipping (which is pretty expensive) is not included. On this website, Mele A1000 is slightly more expensive (10 RMB ~2 USD) than Mele A2000]

[Update 2: It is now available on aliexpress.com for 75 USD + shipping.  Tom (the seller) can also provide the USB to TTL adapter for hacking the board for free if you purchase one of the Mele from him, just say you need it in the message box when you order.  He also sells the USB to serial adapter separately for 5 USD + shipping (around 2 USD).]

  1. Haris Sarwar
    April 4th, 2012 at 15:01 | #1

    Thank you for the comparison, i was just going to order A1000 but now i am ordering A2000 with Mele Fly F10.

  2. April 4th, 2012 at 15:07 | #2

    @ Haris Sarwar
    Haris, is the Mele Fly F10 wireless mouse part of a bundle with Mele A2000, or will you buy both items separately?
    If I may ask, where do you plan to order ?

  3. Haris Sarwar
    April 4th, 2012 at 15:19 | #3

    no it is sold separately but i can get a discount of 50 rmb if bought together.
    here is the link
    i am buying from the above link.

  4. Patrick
    April 8th, 2012 at 22:28 | #4

    @ Haris Sarwar
    Also ordered the same A2000+F10 bundle from TaoBao. Go to http://www.taobaoenglish.com if you don’t speak Chinese 😉

  5. April 12th, 2012 at 17:24 | #5
  6. Elis’
    April 29th, 2012 at 03:15 | #6

    Does it have the same UART connector inside as the A1000?

  7. April 29th, 2012 at 08:43 | #7

    @ Elis’
    I don’t have it, but somebody reported that the main board was the same as the A2000, so it’s likely it has the same UART connector – See http://lists.phcomp.co.uk/pipermail/arm-netbook/2012-April/003232.html

  8. Haris Sarwar
    May 4th, 2012 at 16:06 | #8

    Mele A2000 doesn’t include sata harddisk enclosure in the packing.

  9. May 4th, 2012 at 16:17 | #9

    @ Haris Sarwar
    If that’s the case the pictures in taobao are quite deceiving. I’ll update the post.

  10. mic
    May 9th, 2012 at 06:12 | #10

    Just recieved the A2000,opened the box, but the model number on the device is A100 and internal flash available is 1.6gb.Can Any body else check and verify this,or am i the only one.

    Bought this from tom cubie on aliexpress

  11. May 9th, 2012 at 08:35 | #11

    @ mic
    I don’t have the Mele a2000, but you should be able to see the difference by looking at the back of the device. If it is the same as the picture above it is the Mele A2000, otherwise it is really the Mele A1000.

    I’ll have to correct the specs of the Mele A1000, the NAND Flash is actually 3800 MB (as reported by U-Boot), part of the flash is reserved for the system, and the other part (1.6GB) is for the user data.

  12. Anton
    May 13th, 2012 at 20:28 | #12

    @ Anton
    Looking at the AUDIO format section. You see difference in supported formats. I have the A1000, and A1000 lacks DTS and AC3 formats. A1000 does not play DTS and AC3 movies, even við optical out to my Denon, it plays nothing. Using software decoding player (like BS Player) you can get it in 2ch audio. But never the 5ch.

    If A2000 plays multi channel – and work’s in other features like A1000, it is much better deal! For me!

  13. May 13th, 2012 at 21:23 | #13

    @ Anton
    I don’t have Mele A2000 myself, those are specs I gathered on several websites.
    AFAIK, the hardware and firmware is the same for both the Mele A1000 and A2000 so if something does not work on one, it won’t work on the other other.

    It may also depend on the software used, if DTS/AC3 passthru can be enabled it should definitely plays on capable receivers.

    The only setting I can find is in Audio Settings->Audio Output Mode, you can choose between “CODEC” and “SPDIF”. But you have probably tried that already.

  14. tom
    May 20th, 2012 at 22:40 | #14

    Hey it seems that A2000 has 1GB ram!… can you confirm this? refer the below link thanks!

  15. May 21st, 2012 at 10:30 | #15

    @ tom
    Last time, Deal Extreme mentioned 2GB NAND flash in Mele A1000 (which has 4GB), so I think it’s just a mistake on their part, and the Mele A2000 really only have 512 MB RAM.

  16. Eric
    June 12th, 2012 at 13:21 | #16

    Hey, i got my mele A2000 from that site http://www.cect-shop.com/de/mele-a2000-android-4-0-tv-box.html and it´s got only 512MB Ram

  17. Jason Roberts
    June 24th, 2012 at 04:02 | #17

    I bought a Mele a2000 from ebay. The firmware version is 1.3. I downloaded a version 1.6 package from the Mele website. I have used Winimage (which confirms that the image disc has been successfully created) to create a boot disc

    I turn the power off, insert the SD card into the slot and turn the power off. When I turn the box back on, the box ignores the disc completely and enters into the routine of loading the Mele logo and going straight into the box, somewhere along the line it checks and reports the presence of the disc, but after several attempts still refuses to boot from the sdcard.

    The sdcard is a PNY and size is 4GB.
    What could I be doing wrong. Can one upgrade from a 1.3 straight to 1.6?

  18. Jason Roberts
    June 24th, 2012 at 04:03 | #18

    Correction: after inserting the sd card, I turn the power back on

  19. June 24th, 2012 at 09:40 | #19

    @ Jason Roberts
    You need to use the Phoenix Utility, which is available in firmware version 1.5, to prepare the SD card for firmware update. This image is not suitable for dd / Winimage.

  20. Stu
    August 11th, 2012 at 06:37 | #20

    Android 4.0.4 is official now.


  21. Steven Vo
    August 24th, 2012 at 10:53 | #21

    Just ordered one from AliExpress, Tom is quite happy to provide a USB-TTL adapter for free. Hopefully I will receive mine soon.

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