Last July, I reviewed Smallart U-Host (U1A), an Android TV stick based on AllWinner A10 with 1GB RAM and 4GB RAM. At the time, I had a positive opinion of the device as the Android firmware was stable, and mostly did it was supposed, and it was feasible to run Linux distributions on the device. At that time, it was sold for $70, but this morning, Clint, one of my reader, informed me he spotted an AllWinner A10 device selling for $20.50 on Dealextreme.
This device and the user interface resembles very much to Smallart U-Host, but the model name reported on Dealextreme is U2. According to Smallart U2 page, this device is based on Rockchip RK3066, so it’s just another naming mistake on DealExtreme. The rest of the specs are identical to Smallart U-Host:
- SoC – Allwinner A10 (Cortex A8) @ 1.5GHZ
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM
- Storage – 4GB NAND flash + microSD slot (upt to 32GB)
- Video Output – HDMI + mini USB OTG
- Video Format – AVI, RM/RMVB, MKV, WMV and MOV
- USB – USB 2.0 host port
- WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
- Dimensions – 9.7 cm x 4.1 cm x 1.2 cm
- Weight – 38g
The device is sold with a power adapter, a 8cm HDMI cable (8cm), a USB cable (80cm) and an English user manual, exactly the same accessories I received with Smallart U-Host (aka Oval Elephant).
The $20 price tag is either a mistake, or the device does not sell that well and they want to get rid of existing stock.
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.