I’ve been tipped off about a new Android mini PC called IP878 selling for less than $40 on a site called ahappydeal.com. This HDMI Stick is said to run Android 2.3, features an ARM CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB flash and comes with a basic remote control.
There’s no mention of the exact processor on the website mentioned above, but I found what looks like the (a?) manufacturer website (NewMi), which describes IP878 features as follows:
- SoC – ALLWINNER TECH A10S
- RAM – 512MB DDR2
- Storage – 2GB Flash + microSD card slot
- Video and Audio out – HDMI (high-resolution video output up to 720P ???)
- Video Containers – *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.mp4 *.wmv, *.FLV, *.3GP
- Video Codecs – H.264, H.263,VP8,RV8/9,MPEG4,Xvid,Divx 3/4/5,MPEG1/2
- USB – USB 2.0 Host & OTG
- Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g
- Power – 5V/1A
- Remote control – IR extender
- Weight – 25 g
- Dimensions – 9.2 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm
According to the manufacturer website IP878 is supposed to run Android 4.0, which seems normal for AllWinner A10 device, but there is also another device with the same casing called IP872 based on InfoTMIC iMAPX210 (ARM11) that runs Android 2.3, which makes me wary of the $38.5 announced on the site, as the cheapest A10 devices I’ve found cost just above $50, and some online sellers have (purposely) misleading titles and/or descriptions. The flash size also differs between the manufacturer website (2GB) and reseller(s) website (4GB), but it could be a mistake on the newmi website as they indicate that A10 can only output to 720p…
Having said that, this device sells on several other English and Chinese websites for 250 CNY (about 40 USD), and some show it’s based on AllWinner A10, so that must be true. I can’t find it on Aliexpress or Dealextreme yet.
The device sells with a user’s manual, a power supply cable and a remote control. No power supply is included. They said it’s not needed, even though my A10 based Smallart U-Host won’t boot without connecting 2 USB ports, or using an external power supply. Every system is different, so it’s possible they have better power management…
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
12 Replies to “IP878 Android TV Box – $40 AllWinner A10 mini PC?”
I was considering buying something ahappydeal a few months ago, but when I googled it there were quite a lot of reports of problems. But maybe they’re more reliable now…
Thanks for the feedback. There are some other options (none of which I’ve ever used or even heard of) that sell for almost the same price. I suppose it will show up in Aliexpress within a few days, or maybe it’s already there under a different name.
Hi, this is A10S not A10, there are some difference.
I’ve never heard about 10S. Is it new? What’s the difference ?
Here it is ddr2 256mb aand seem to be the same but maybe it is not:
Oups sorry just saw that you spoke of it in your blog (IP872). Please delete my two comments. Cheers.
That’s OK, I’ll leave in case somebody is interested in an ARM11 mini PC.
@Hipboi: when are you guys releasing your dual or quad core processor? And do you think there would be better cooperation with the xbmc guys?
I ordered and received a product that looks like this from Asia Pads for $42.50. Ordered 9-5 and got 9-18 from China.
It worked right away. I’m still learning, no manual. Remote works, good display on 42″.
I ordered one of these from ahappydeal and here are the real specs:
Model iP872 mini Android TV Box
CPU Infotmic IMAPX 200, 800MHz
Operation System Android 2.3.3
Nand Flash 256B
Shell Material Plastic
Extend Card Yes, support TF card up to 16GB
Android Market Yes
Video Support AVI, RMVB, MKV& FLV Video Format, Support 1080P HD Player
Ebook TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
HDMI Interface 1920 x 1080P (60Hz) HD Video Output
Email and Browser Yes, built in
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
Battery Not built in, it needs power supply
Language Dutch, Indonesian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Roman, Slovenian, Finnish, Swedish, Swahili, Vietnamese, Turkish, Zulu, Greek, Ukrainian, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Bengali, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Other Applications Office, Browser, Gallery, Clock, Calculator, Calendar, Taskiller, Gmail…
Product Size 90 x 32 x 13mm
Product Weight 27g
Extend Port 1 x HDMI Port
1 x TF Card Slot
1 x USB Host(wired keyboard;
2.4G keyboard, mouse, hand grip, etc
1 x Mini USB Port
1 x IR Port
I know this because I used a program to show me and did some research. This device is not very good for 10 bucks more you can buy a better one.
If they sent you IP872, then they sent the wrong model (should have been IP878), as both models exist.