I’ve been tipped yet another time by one of my reader (Thank you Alex!) about an interesting low cost ARM device. H6 Netbook is powered by AllWinner A10 processor with 1 GB RAM and 4GB Flash, features a 10″ display (non touch) and runs Android 4.0.3. I wrote about the Sunlike UMPC-1021 in April, but the H6 is the first AllWinner A10 netbook – that I know of – that is available for retail.
Here are the specs of this ARM netbook.
- CPU – AllWinner A10 @ 1.0GHz (Cortex A8;) with Mali 400 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 4GB Flash + SD Card slot (up to 32 GB)
- Display – 10″ LCD Display (no touchscreen) with 1024×600 resolution.
- 10/100M Ethernet
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n built-in
- 3G support via external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W…
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 Host ports
- Camera – 0.3 MP front camera
- Audio I/O – 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone,
- Sensors – Gravity Sensor
- Battery – 2800mAh – Up to 3 hours usage
- Dimensions – 278 x 188 x 25 mm
- Weight – 807g
This device supports the usually videos (AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…) and audio (MP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG) formats supported by AllWinner processor. Google Play is pre-installed and Skype is said to work as well.
Since it’s based on AllWinner A10, you’ll certainly be able to run Linux on this device, however I’ve noticed that 1024×600 resolution can be a problem on Ubuntu with some inaccessible buttons on some pop-up windows. The battery has a low capacity and I’d rather have around 10 hours battery life for an ARM netbook.
It sells for $140 on Pandawill including shipping, which is a fairly decent price as 10″ tablets based on Allwinner A10 start at around $130 on Chinese websites. [Update: I found an A10 Netbook with similar specs that sells for $99.5 + shipping on Aliexpress. For example, the total cost to Thailand is $116.49 via China Post. I could not find anything about the battery capacity however.]