Stella Mira Pocket Console AllWinner A10 mini PC with Built-in Bluetooth and Up to 128 GB Flash

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Stella mirapcStella Mira, a new technology startup, has come up with a new Android mini-PC based on AllWinner A10 (how original!) called the Pocket Console (aka MiraPC). What makes it stand apart is that it comes with built-in Bluetooth, has several versions based on the NAND flash size: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64 GB and even 128 GB, and the company plans to release a 3G version in September.

The company also provides a dock, the Stella Mira Pocket Dock, that comes pre-loaded with one of supported Linux distributions, without the requiring the knowledge and time to configure microSD card for Linux.

Pocket Console in Pocket Dock

The company will provide 4 Linux distributions:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 (Custom build – Ready)
  • Lubuntu 12.04 (Custom build – Ready)
  • Xubuntu 12.04 (Custom build – Final stage of development)
  • Fedora 17 XFCE (Not officially supported, but backed by a large development community)

Beside running Linux, the Pocket Console can also “run media center applications, such as XBMC or Plex”, according to Stella Mira.

Stella also explains that the dock helps with cooling of the device, because it exposes both sides and the ventilation holes.

Here are the specs of the device:

Model No. SMUR-1A-00
CPU Allwinner A10 1.5GHz Cortex-A8
GPU Quad-Core ARM Mali 400MP GPU @ 500 MHz 720P/1080P Open GL ES Version 2.0
Operating System Android 4.0.3 / Android 4.1 update coming soon
DDR RAM 1GB DDR3 RAM
Nand Flash Storage 8GB (base model) 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB models available
Network & Connectivity Wireless 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Cellular (optional model)
External Storage External storage via USB and microSD
Language Full Android language list, including English
I/O 3x USB 2.0 ports,  1x microSD card slot,  1x micro USB and 1x HDMI
Video formats and decoders MKV, TS, TP, M2TS, RM, RMVB, BD-ISO, AVI, VOB, DAT, ASF, TRP, FLV, WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, MPEG 1/2/4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, DivX, Xvid, MJPEG, RV10
Audio formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
Video output 720P, 576P, 480P, 1080P, Super HD 2160P, 3D Film
Image formats JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG
Subtitle formats SRT, SUB, IDX, SSA, SMI

The package will include the Pocket Console, a quick-start guide, an HDMI cable, a USB cable and a USB adapter.

The device is rooted and the company will provide SDK and early firmware builds to registered developers on stella-mira.com.

You must now be at the point where one word comes to mind “AWESOME”!

Unfortunately, time has come to talk about pricing and availability:

  • 8 GB Flash MiraPC – $129.99
  • 16 GB Flash MiraPC – $149.99
  • 32 GB Flash MiraPC – $199.99
  • 64 GB Flash MiraPC – $199.99
  • 128 GB Flash MiraPC – $249.99
  • 3G Version with 16GB flash – $199.99 (Pre-order)

This is where this product all fall apart for me. I understand that it has more features, but an AllWinner A10 miniPC with 1GB RAM and 4GB Flash costs about $73 on Dealextreme (and it’s not the cheapest option). If you add around $5 dollar for upgrading to 8 GB Flash, around $10 for Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (probably too much since I’ve seen Bt 2.1 + EDR USB dongle for $7 on Amazon…), and a few more dollars for extra USB connectors (let’s be wild and add $5 for this), we find a total price of $93. So I think that an acceptable price for the 8GB version should be closer to $100 than $130.

Another issue if that they currently only ship the device to the United States (for US $5.35 extra). They sell the device via Ebay, accept orders from July 23rd to August 6th for the first batch, and expect to ship them at the end of August.

You can find more information on Stella-Mira website.

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They seem to be getting ahead of themselves, XBMC does not support the Allwinner VPU under Android or linux so no video playback is possible.

It’s hoped Allwinner will give XBMC team full access to what they need but it’s not guaranteed & a lot of people already made the mistake of jumping the gun on this.

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it’s incredible to see the number of mini android pc selling this year, is this the beginning of a new era for pc ? really interresting for my part I want the ouya android game pc 🙂

Peter
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I agree. To expensive! Did not noticed that price card before. If they lower it, they might get a piece of the pie, otherwise most people will indeed still choose the uHost/OvalElephant and MK802 type of devices.

Alex
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Alex

Quad-Core ARM Mali 400MP GPU @ 500 MHz
Is it an A10 ???

rm
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> an AllWinner A10 miniPC with 1GB RAM and 4GB Flash costs about $73 on Dealextreme.

Yep, and these are now can be found for as low as $60 on Aliexpress (yes with 1GB RAM).

rm
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BTW, what is

> 3 GB Version with 8GB flash – $199.99 (Pre-order)

3GB of RAM on an A10 device, is that even supported?

bradlinder
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I’m pretty sure that was supposed to read “3G version with 16GB flash.” @ rm

Lacroser
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Interesting, What about OpenGL drivers in their Ubuntu…

max
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@cnxsoft you’ve mentioned “Quad-Core ARM Mali 400MP GPU”

I thought Allwinner A10 comes only with a Dual-Core Mali400MP GPU.

max
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@cnxsoft Or may be its a Chinese style 500MHz |
@250Mhz each Mali core so 250×2= 500MHz 🙂

mac me
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mac me

not just the price .. no ethernet or SATA .. so i’ll stick to the mele until something comes along thats better … it looks like it may be a quad CPU core tegra3 based board for circa $100 .. please please 🙂