$59.40 HD18M Android 4.0 Media Player Powered by AMLogic AML8726-M3

Mygica A11 ($65) was the cheapest AMLogic AML8726-M3 Android set-top box I was aware of, but today I’ve come across HD18M with very similar specs (e.g. 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash…) that sells for $59.40 on DealExtreme including shipping.


Here are HD18M Android STB Specifications:

  • SoC – AMLogic AML8726-M3 (Cortex A9) processor @ 1.0GHz with Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB Flash + microSD slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 (Up to 1080p)
  • Video Formats – AVI, RM, RMVB, TS, VOB, MKV, MOV, WMV, ISO, ASF, FLV, DAT, MPG & MPEG
  • Video Codecs – MPEG1/2/4, H.264, AVC/VC-1, Xvid ,DivX3/4/5/6, and Real Video 8/9/10
  • Audio Formats – MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, APE, TrueHD, AAC, AC3, AC-D, DDP & DTS.
  • Subtitle – srt, smi, ssa and ass
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 Host ports
  • Connectivity – 10/100 Mbit Ethernet + Wi-Fi 802.11b/g

The only differences I could spot based on Dealextreme specifications (BIG FAT WARNING) are that HD18M is said to feature HDMI 1.4, instead of HDMI 1.3 used in A11, as well as built-in Wi-Fi, but HD18M has only 2 USB host ports vs 3 USB ports in Mygica A11.

This Android 4.0 media player ships with an IR remote control, a 100~220V power supply, and a user’s manual in English and Chinese. This type of box is mainly interesting to potentially run XBMC natively in Linux [Update: There’s now a (preliminary?) XBMC Linux ROM for the Mygica A11] or with proper XBMC UI integration in Android (i.e. not via external player), since you’ll soon (February) be able to get a Rockchip RK3066 set-top box for the same price.

One of the picture on DX.com shows the MAC address “c4:4e:ac:xx:xx:xx” on the device, and a MAC address lookup shows Shenzhen Shiningworth Tech owns this address range. The company sells what appears to be the same box, but called “U2M”, on Alibaba for $46 to $48 per unit for 100 pieces orders.

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5 Replies to “$59.40 HD18M Android 4.0 Media Player Powered by AMLogic AML8726-M3”

  1. BTW: The linux XBMC build released for the A11, is basically the GBox build with the install check removed. When I am back from my trip I will include the A11 into the build system

  2. Hello,

    i tried to change the Uboot settings of this device to boot from sdcard. I found the TX and RX pins.
    In uboot I wanted to set the uboot parameters as described on openlinux.amlogic.com:


    First I couldn’t save the settings and I had to unlock the nand flash: nand write_protect off
    Then It worked, it found the uImage on the mmc, but then it couldn’t load the kernel on 82000000

    Is this because the uImage is to big? I know the 82000000 is the part where it writes the kernel to in memory. But I don’t find a explanation how You get to this value. On every tutorial it’s differen, mostly starting with 0x. I assume that writing 0x is the same as writing nothing (as in the tutorial from amlogic) and it only means starting from 0 to the value that follows?

    Or ther some uboot experts or amlogic experts that can help me with this or send me a link with a easy to follow tutorial. I googled for it but don’t get decent results, but it could be it due to my search words.

    Another thing. I think I made the big mistake to not check the original environment settings to boot from nand. I thought when it couldn’t boot from sd, it would boot back from nand, but that is not the case. Is there a way to determine the boot settings from nand?


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