Sunlike UMPC-1021: 85 USD AllWinner A10 Based 10.2″ Android 4.0 Netbook

SUNLIKESunlike, a Shenzhen-based manufacturer, showcased their UMPC-1021 Android 4.0 netbook at the China sourcing fair last week. This netbook is powered by an AllWinner A10 (ARM Cortex A8) processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB flash and features a 10.2″ LCD display (but not a touchscreen), a 1.3MP front camera and a 2100mAh battery.

Here are the specifications of Sunlike UMPC-1021 Android netbook.

CPU AllWinner A10 @ 1.2 GHz
Operation system Android 4.0 ICS or WinCE
Memory 1G RAM
Storage Device 2/4/8G NAND Flash
LCD 10.2″ PANEL 16:9 wide screen. 1024×600 Resolution
LAN 10/100M Ethernet
WIFI 802.11b/g
USB Port 3x USB 2.0 Host
External Storage SD Card Slot
Build-in camera 1.3 MPixel
Audio Build-in stereo speaker
Dimensions 280 x 189 x 25 mm
Battery 7.4V 2100 mAh – 3 to 5 hours usage

The company also explains that this netbook can be used for 5 hours with the “default” 2,100 mAh battery, but they can extend that to 10 hours with a 4,000 mAh battery.

Watch the video below to see the device running Android 4.0.

By the way, you may hear Charbax and some other people talk about Boxchip A10 instead of AllWinner A10. Both are the same, but I’m not really sure why there are 2 names flying around…

The Sunlike UMPC-1021 netbook (4GB flash) costs 85 USD if you order 1,000 pieces, and 6 USD more with a 4,000 battery. I’ve seen the device is also available on Alibaba for 95 to 100 USD for 100 pieces order.

If you don’t like Android 4.0 or WinCE in a netbook, it will most probably be possible to have Ubuntu or Debian running on the device since some development resources are already publicly available for AllWinner A10 and some developers are already working on AllWinner A10 Linux (See arm-netbook mailing list). The main technical challenge should be getting the different drivers to work for this netbook.

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14 Replies to “Sunlike UMPC-1021: 85 USD AllWinner A10 Based 10.2″ Android 4.0 Netbook”

  1. Wow, fascinating. What would be a typical retail price on DX be, so per piece, including tax and shipping? About 170 USD?

    BTW: great clip! 🙂

  2. BTW: does it have Android Market / Google Play? If not, is there a known way to install that yourself?

  3. the main thing that will make this product successful is to NOT have a 1024×600 LCD but at least a 1200×720, preferably 1280×768.

    the difference in the cost between these two types of LCDs is about $5 in mass-volume, but the difference in the useability is just immense.

    do you see ipads with 1024×600 LCD panels?

    what is the resolution of an ipad screen?

    the resolution of an ipad screen is 1024×768, isn’t it?

    why is the resolution of an ipad screen 1024×768?

    the reason is because, amazingly, those extra 168 pixels allow a whopping TWENTY EIGHT percent more information to be viewed on-screen. that translates into 28% less use of the up/down keys; 28% less scrolling; 28% less eye-strain; 28% less stress for the user.

  4. @ Luke Leighton
    I’ve just checked my Acer netbook has a 1024×600 display, so this type of resolution may be quite standard with netbooks. I’m quite happy with it, the main point of netbooks for me is that they are cheap, small and light.

    If the company was to provide a 1024×768 display they would also have to make a new casing for it.

  5. I have ASUS Transformer with the keyboard (docking). I have used the keyboard only once since I have it.

    Why? No Android app is made for keyboard users! I am 100% sure WindowsCE users will be much more productive using this netbook than if you have Android on it. I hope installing Linux on it would be easy as that is what I would do if I had this beautiful piece of hardware.

    My opinion: Android, iOS, Symbian are systems made for consumers, not for people who want to do productive work.

  6. @ Dejan Lekic
    I’m writing this using an Android set-top box (Mele a1000) with a keyboard, and this is certainly faster than with the soft keyboard available in android. However, there are many issues. For example I can’t use the arrow keys (which are used by the soft keyboard), the soft keyboard pops up each time I used my USB keyboard, and each time you validate you need to used the mouse to click on the soft keyboard. There are also many applications that will simply not work without touchscreen (mainly games).

  7. @ Brian
    My only guess is that they don’t have the option to add a 2.5″ SATA drive inside, so you’d be stuck with the 2/4/8 GB flash, unless you use an external USB drive or SD card.

  8. I bought a UMPC-1021 about a year ago. I hardly used it but now that I have intentions of using it the netbook just would not boot up. All I see on the screen is an android icon in a hazzy blue circle. How can I fix this problem.

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