52.99 USD CX-01 Mini Android 4.0 TV Box Powered by TeleChips TCC8925 (Cortex A5)

If you thought the 74 USD MK802 Android mini PC was cheap, think again. One of my reader informed me that Pandawill started selling a similar product for 52.99 USD (inc shipping). The “CS-01 Mini Android TV Box” features a Telechips TCC8923 dual TCC8925 Cortex A5 processor clocked at 1 GHz 800 MHz with 512 MB RAM and 4GB NAND Flash, and runs Android 4.0.4.

Telechips TCC8923 Android HDMI Stick
CX-01 Android 4.0 Android TV Stick

Here are the specifications of the device:

  • SoC –  Telechips TCC8923 (dual core Cortex A5) TCC8925 @ 1GHz 800 MHz with Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND flash
  • Video output – HDMI (Up to 1080p60)
  • Video formats – AVI, RMVB, MKV & FLV (1080P)
  • Audio formats – MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, AAC, FLAC, OGG
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi  802.11 b/g/n
  • USB – 1 x USB 2.0 port + 1 x micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 90 x 40 x 29mm
  • Weight – 80g

The package is said to include one USB Cable, so it is apparently not sold with a power supply and you are expected to power it with your own or with the TV USB port.

Contrary to the MK802, it has a male HDMI connector and can just be plugged into the TV like that:

CX-01 mini PC Connected to HDMI TV

There are 2 main other differences compared to MK802 mini PC.

The first and most important one is that there isn’t any microSD card slot, which means you won’t be able to easily add external storage. After you’ve connected a USB wireless dongle for your mouse and keyboard, and the power supply, you won’t have any available USB ports for a USB Thumbdrive. The only solution would be to use a USB hub (preferably powered).

Whereas MK802 features an Allwinner A10 with an ARM Cortex A8 core, the Telechips SoC embeds a Cortex A5 core. I initially believed Cortex A5 was a low cost and low power version of the Cortex A8 that would yield lower performance. However, some synthetic benchmarks show that Cortex A5 may actually be faster than Cortex A8 and only slightly slower than Cortex A9.

The lack of microSD card slot and developer community around Telechips TCC8925 will also make it much more tricky to run Linux on that platform.

Nevertheless, if you are mainly interested in having an Android mini PC to browse the web, read emails and watch online videos, this product is really at the right price point which performance which should be similar to MK802. You can buy it for 52.99 USD on Pandawill Store including international shipping by China Post. However, if you don’t want your device to get lost on the way, it might be wiser to use registered mail with Hong Kong or Singapore post which only costs slightly more (about $2). If you are a distributor, you can also buy in quantities (500 to 1000 pcs) for about $30 per piece.

[Update: It’s now also available on Aliexpress for the same price with free international shipping via Hong Kong Post]

[Update 2: Dealextreme added it for $51 inc. shipping and they have both White and Black versions.]

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florianoooo
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has the usb boot?

Different
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Telechips TCC8923 (Cortex A5) @ 1GHz with Mali-400 GPU ? Very low price for such a good CPU+GPU.
May be TCC8923 600MHz + Mali-400MP 395MHz ~= 1GHz ?

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@ cnxsoft
Everyone can find a mention about Telechips TCC8923, 1.2GHz, Cortex-A5 Dual Core. For example, the TCC8923 is referred to in the description of the tablet PC PD10.
May be this is a mistake in the description, and CX-01 has a TCC8925 in fact πŸ˜‰

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Sorry for multiple posts, but you should see it here: RS-TV100-W from Shenzhen Raysun Electronics Co.
Frame of the device looks identical.
Telechips TCC8925 @ 1.0 Ghz (max) / Cortex-A5 (45nm CMOS) / 3D GPU Mail-400
Wireless: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (AR6103)
DDR3: 512M (16bit) or 1024M
Internal 4G/8G/16G Nand Flash
Power consumption: Main Unit + 2.4G sender (Mouse) ≀[email protected]
Link: http://www.touchpadtabletcomputer.com/china-android_iptv_html_stick_dongle_with_web_browser_gallery_viewer_adobe_flash_player-314441.html

Alex
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Alex

Is it really run on this device Ubuntu or Puppylinux or Debian?

Different
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@ cnxsoft
But the PD10 Tablet has a frequency 1.2GHz, and the device CX-01 only 1GHz. Shamanism!

Different
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The CX-01 $52.99 + Free Shipping is already on Aliexpress.
MK802 vs CX-01 – who wins?

max
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also found one here is this same? $52 http://www.chinabuye.com/c77-mini-android-pc-android-tv-box-android-4-0-cortex-a5-hdmi-usb-4gb

Some other stuff on this site got interesting pricing, like an aniol dualcore, 1gb ram, 1024×600 7″ for $119 http://www.chinabuye.com/ainol-novo-7-elf-ii-android-4-0-7-8gb-cortex-a9-dual-core-1-5ghz-1gb-ddr-hdmi-webcam-tablet-pc-black
Or may be I’m too greedy πŸ™‚

steve
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I’m wondering if there’s an app that would let me control this thing from my iPhone or iPad. That would make the deal for me, since it doesn’t come with a remote or thumb pad or anything.

Leo
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Leo

Hello everybody! CX-01 is really interesting product. My friend is owner of Russian group-buying site togetho.ru (We already made several successful group-buying for interesting models (A7HD, Ten3, ThL V9, PD10 Freelander, etc.) . And he opened group-buying subscription for CX-01 for only $39.99 including Singapore post shipping on Pandawill.com !
This works in such way: on http://togetho.ru/cx01.html you can find input textbox. You need to enter your email to subscribe for group-buying deal. When deal will ON you will receive an email with discount coupon code for Pandawill.com. You can apply it with product from this link on Pandawill store: http://www.pandawill.com/cx01-mini-android-tv-box-android-40-cortex-a5-hdmi-usb-4gb-p63620.html

I already talked with him, he will prepare international page later.
Sorry for my English πŸ™‚

Leo
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$39.99 including Singapore post

Small correction: $39.99 including China Post shipping. But as mentioned before you can add several bucks to get HongKong or Singapore post shipping.

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A benchmark for TCC8923 (Hyundai A7ART): “Comprehensive performance test tools Quadrant is run A7ART points results for 1080, slightly higher than the same program Freelander PD10, but the experience did not particularly clear distinction.”
Link: http://j.mp/MwFezE

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Look closely at the 10 th image below in #4 post from pandawillforum.com. The photo shows a string: TCC8925_HDMI_DONGLE
No mention of TCC8923 πŸ™‚

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@ cnxsoft
Yeah, I saw the CX-01 + Rii R900 yesterday. It is suitable for presentations.
I want to show you a new weblink. This is very interesting.
http://www.newmi.com/en/products/IP887-HDMI-Dongle.html

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@ cnxsoft
Hi cnxsoft,
I found another the AnTuTu test of CX-01. The score is 2288. This seems like a good result, considering the clock speed of CPU does not exceed 808 MHz. But still it’s a synthetic test. Now I can see only one advantage of this device – low power consumption. This device can be powered from a single USB port ([email protected]).
I bought a similar device based on the chip TCC8925, but with microSD slot. It will be interesting to compare the results…

Different
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So, Pandawill clarified the issue of naming the chip. It’s really TCC8925. Link.

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@ cnxsoft
The CPU TCC8925 can operates from 625 to 833 MHz only…

Different
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cnxsoft :@ Different Since Valueplus Tizzbird TCC8925 is clocked at 800 MHz, you may be right. But Telechips does not release any info about their new chips, where did you get this info ?

A Google search found on the datasheet TCC8925 πŸ˜‰

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Different
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I found an interesting video, which is clearly visible plate heatsink, exept on the CPU. Probably, the chip is still in need of cooling, even at a frequency of 800MHz. But I have not seen mention of overheating CX-01 πŸ™‚
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUfxhCBy1lM

Different
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This is another picture settings for the device CX-01. Note that the frequencies 531.66MHz!..
http://pic.yupoo.com/subor_v/C5JrwpSB/NrJ4x.jpg

Marco
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Different :I found an interesting video, which is clearly visible plate heatsink, exept on the CPU. Probably, the chip is still in need of cooling, even at a frequency of 800MHz. But I have not seen mention of overheating CX-01 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUfxhCBy1lM

it’s our video! thanks for featuring it! you do a great job πŸ™‚

Different
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@ Marco
Excellent video! It really heatsink in? How much heatsink is heated?
I just want to stick a heatsink on the CPU in my MK802… πŸ™‚

Different
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@ cnxsoft
Aluminum plate between the PCB so much in thickness that can serve as a heat sink completely, I think.

Marco
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@ cnxsoft
there’s a tiny plate on the SoC, I don’t think we can consider it an heatsink
I did not test the MK802, so I don’t know about that
the CX-01 runs hot but the temperature is under control

Different
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Sorry for offtopic. I think it will be interesting. Although up to Christmas is still far, but still… πŸ™‚
Mini PCs are becoming more beautiful. Meet the new model SP-FSD25 based on Cortex A5. A great gift!

max
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Different :
Sorry for offtopic. I think it will be interesting. Although up to Christmas is still far, but still…
Mini PCs are becoming more beautiful. Meet the new model SP-FSD25 based on Cortex A5. A great gift!

Hey what’s the price of this thing? Nice to see inbuilt Bluetooth 4.0 , could have better if they had 1GB model with sale /shipping price

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@ max
The product is still very raw, a lot of bugs there. But still very interesting.

tronic
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@ Marco
Do you have your device rooted? Mine isn’t. I’ve checked it using Root Checker, any other way to check it?

Gabe
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Gabe

Here is the same device(by appearance and specifications) branded as ipazzport NC-812-16 by other manufacturer(unisen):
http://www.ipazzport.com/NC-812-16.html