AllWinner A20 is a dual core Cortex A7 processor destined to provide an easy pin-to-pin compatible upgrade for AllWinner A10 devices, and the first devices start to appear on the market with several Cloudsto offerings running the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean:
- A20 Media Stick – AllWinner A20 mini PC with 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, HDMI output, 2x USB Ports and IR receiver. Price: 59.99 GBP ($90.88 US)
- A20 Media PC – AllWinner A20 set-top box with 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND Flash, onboard Ethernet, HDMI + RCA Video output, Optical output, and 2 x USB Ports. Price: 84.99 GBP ($128.77 US)
- Cloudsto Media PC PRO DRIVEDOCK – AllWinner A20 set-top box with 1GB RAM, 4 GB Flash, a 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive Bay, HDMI, VGA, and RCA video output and more. Price: 94.99 GBP ($143.92 US)
The Media PC PRO DRIVESTOCK is the star of the show, and just looks like an upgraded version of the Mele A1000/A2000 set-top box powered by AllWinner A10. Cloudsto is based in the UK, so prices include VAT, and the usual European markup, so hopefully, it will be possible to get this device for around $100 from China.
Here are the full specifications of the device:
- SoC – AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 + Mali-400MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- 4GB NAND Flash
- SD/MMC memory slot (up to 32 GB)
- SATA dock with 2.5″ drive (up to 2 TB)
- Video Output – AV out, HDMI and VGA
- Audio Ouput – Optical out, HDMI and AV
- Video Container Formats – RM, RMVB, MPEG1/2/4, MPEG2 Transport Stream, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP4, RMP4, IFO, ISO
- Audio Codec – AAC, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, M4A
- 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- USB – 4x USB Host ports
The device comes with a remote control, a power supply (100-240V), an AV-RCA cable, and an English user’s manual. It can be pre-ordered now for delivery in mid-march.
Contrary to the Mele A1000, source code is not yet available, but once (if?) it becomes available, I’m pretty sure linux-sunxi community will be all over it (and/or other A20 devices) to provide Linux support to A20 SoC, unless they got fed-up with AllWinner lack of documentation and compliance with the GPL… [Update: It turns out that A20 and A31 code is already leaked. It’s based on linux 3.3, but linux-sunxi guys have already started to clean it, and will start integrating it into 3.4 and mainline once they get some hardware to play with. Thanks to Alejandro Mery (amery) for the correction]
You can find more information on Cloudsto Android mini PCs page.
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.