AllWinner A10 Based H6 Android 4.0 Netbook Sells for $140

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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.

H6 Netbook

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.
  • Connectivity
    • 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.]

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From aliexpress delivery is about 50$.
On Panda it’s just arrived, so the price will be lower(hope so).

CampGareth
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No HDMI out? Shame, but otherwise a nice little device. Might have to buy one and put Ubuntu on it, also open it up to see if I can’t increase the battery capacity or swap out the board. No HDMI is making me think it might have a converter board for HDMI to LVDS weirdness

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Oops! Looks like I found a cheaper/better deal in 7″ segment.
$83
http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/600384892-2012-Newest-Free-shipping-7-inch-VIA8850-DDR3-1G-4G-HDD-1-5GHZ-Android-4-0-wholesalers.html

If the objective is just to play then I think this should do the trick + via 8850 (cortex a9) is 25% faster then allwinner a10 (cortex a8) Also with 7″ screen means less pixel counts, can also mean faster performance.

I think @cnxsoft can evaluate and can throw more light on this, vis a vis linaro port or Ubuntu port availability / development case etc.

*Also some $10 coupon on $50+ purchase at aliexpress was in rounds a week back. “US $10 off $50”

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sukhumthaug
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i am an hour out of bangkok at present. if you are anywhere nearby i would like to give you my novo7 aurora to play with and perhaps get it to run any linux. i have failed all tries and given up.
email me.

sukhumthaug
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yes a little too far for my current plan. but i am mobile, perhaps loy gratong. but just perhaps.

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[…] processor that runs both Android and Ubuntu operating systems. This device looks very much like the H6 netbook  with a 10″ 1024×600 display, 1 GB RAM, 4 to 8 GB flash. an SD card slot, 3 USD ports, […]

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[…] price looking at the hardware specs, but is somehow spoiled by only 3 hours of battery life. Source CNXSoft via […]

thomass
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I have one and ended up here while searching for a firmware update. The firmware it came with is too unstable for the device to be functional. So far no luck finding an update so I’d avoid the product everyone (re: for now).

gabe
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@thomass
could you post a vid about it ? Or link it if you already shot it ?

Onebir
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I just noticed this strange beast (Via8850 1gb/4gb netbook with a 7″ touchscreen, HDMI, wifi) for $90:
http://www.buyincoins.com/new_en/details/7-mini-notebook-google-android-4-0-via-8850-1-5ghz-laptop-4gb-1gb-ram-wifi-pc-product-18655.html

Onebir
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I was disappointed they didn’t have a 10″ one too. Didn’t realise there were firmware issues with WM8850 :s Ah well, a step in the right direction…

wzz
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What do you think of this one, also AllWinner A10-based: http://www.ahappydeal.com/product-91858.html ?
Mention of 4500mAh battery attracts me.

Also, do you think it’s possible to replace stock LCD screen with PixelQi 10.1″: http://www.pixelqi.com/our_screens ?

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jean.michel
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hello i have the same one i dont succeed to boot linux . have you succeeded ?

jean-michel
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i have tried the linaro img it seems that something happens but i have nothing on screen
i suppose it is almost working because i can see some logs in the /var/log folder somebody has succeeded to install linux ?

jean.michel
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hello good news it works now the H6 netbook can boots on linux done with a linaro distribution
i will put the script.bin here http://jeanmichel.gens.free.fr/script.bin

jean-michel
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you can find script.bin in /dev/nanda a vfat partition you can mount under a terminal emulator
i am very happy with my N6 netbook under linaro only 1G used for the moment

jean-michel
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now i start directly linux linqro from the internal sdcard ( /dev/nandi ) and i can come back to android by replacing a file ( u-boot.bin )

dendroid
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@cnxsoft

Im need firmware on this device (H6) too.
Do you find firmware?
Can you post link on it

Sanks