IP878 Android TV Box – $40 AllWinner A10 mini PC?

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.

IP878 mini PC

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:

  • 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…

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12 Replies to “IP878 Android TV Box – $40 AllWinner A10 mini PC?”

  1. 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…

  2. @Onebir
    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.

  3. Oups sorry just saw that you spoke of it in your blog (IP872). Please delete my two comments. Cheers.

  4. @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?

  5. 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″.

  6. 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
    RAM 256B
    Nand Flash 256B
    Shell Material Plastic
    Screen No

    Extend Card Yes, support TF card up to 16GB
    Camera No

    Android Market Yes
    Youtube Yes

    Video Support AVI, RMVB, MKV& FLV Video Format, Support 1080P HD Player
    Ebook TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
    Skype Yes
    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.

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