Alex, one of my regular reader, informed me about a new mini PC, called the MTB025, running on Wondermedia WM8850 cortex A9 processor with 512 MB RAM & 4 GB Flash, and sold on Pandawill for $39.99 including international shipping. Since it’s the first time I’ve heard about a Wondermedia based mini PC, I’ve decided to have a look.
Here are the specifications of this Android 4.0.3 device:
- SoC – VIA Wondermedia WM8850 (Cortex-A9) @ 1.2GHz with Mali-400 GPU.
- System Memory – 512 MB RAM
- Storage – 4 GB NAND Flash + microSD slot (up to 16GB?)
- Video output – HDMI (Up to 1080p60)
- Video formats – AVI, RMVB, MKV & FLV
- Audio codecs – MP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
- Connectivity – WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
- USB – USB host 2.0 + micro USB OTG
- Dimensions – 98 x 30 x 11 mm
- Weight – 24g
The package also includes an HDMI Cable, a USB Cable and a power supply (DC 5V, 2A). This is basically the same specs as my WM8850-MID tablet, so you can check the review to get an idea of the performance of the device. Rooting on WM8850 devices was really a pain, but there are now some solutions. Some source code for WM8850 is available, but I’ve never been able to complete the download.
You won’t get the performance and level of support you get from RK3066 mini PCs with this device, but if you look for a cheap device with decent performance that could be an option.
Pandawill also sells a WM8850 based Android set-top box (MTB024) for $56.99, with roughly the same specs except it features 1GB RAM, and adds Ethernet and one extra USB port.
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.