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$65 Cheerlink B712 and B716 Android Media Players Powered by Actions Semi ATM7029

February 25th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Actions Semi ATM7029 is a quad core ARM Cortex A5 class SoC usually found in low cost Android tablets. A manufacturer, which might be Egotronics, has decided to make Android STBs with the processor, and B712 and B716 are now sold for about $65 on dx.com under the brand Cheerlink. This price should make them one of the cheapest full size quad core Android TV boxes on the market, albeit with much lower performance compared to devices based on Rockchip RK3188 or AllWinner A31.


Cheerlink B712

Cheerlink B712/B716 specifications:

  • SoC – Actions Semi ATM7029 Quad Core ARM Cortex A5 @ 1.2 GHz with Vivante GC1000 Plus GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB SDRAM DDR3 (512MB as an option)
  • Storage – 4 GB NAND Flash (8GB/16GB as options) + microSD slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4A, AV (3.5mm jack)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB host ports
  • Power Supply – DC 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 16 x 11.8 x 2.4 cm (B712), 15.7 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm (B716)
  • Weight – 552 g (B712), 547.7 g (B716). Note: this must be the package weight…

Both media players run Android 4.2.2, and are said to support Google Play, and features like Miracast or DLNA. They are sold with an IR remote (2x AAA batteries not included), HDMI and AV cables, and a universal power adapter.


Cheerlink B716 (Back)

In terms of performance, you should expect about half the score of RK3188 in popular CPU and GPU benchmark. I could well be that these media players have a performance similar to Android TV Boxes based on Rockchip RK3066. In theory, power consumption may be lower. AFAIK, there’s no Linux source code available for ATM7029, but hackability would be limited too.

  1. onebir
    February 25th, 2014 at 14:18 | #1

    Thought you’d spot these 😉 I’ve noticed 2gb RAM ATM7029 tablets too btw, typically at a slight discount to RK3188 models with similar specs.

  2. adem
    February 25th, 2014 at 17:35 | #2

    is it xbmc friendly

  3. Harley
    February 25th, 2014 at 19:49 | #3

    Does its VPU support OpenMAX on Android like Rockchip? If not then hardware acceleration won’t work in XBMC out-of-the-box

  4. February 25th, 2014 at 20:12 | #4

    ATM7029 based tablets have been around for over a year, there must be somebody who must have tried XBMC… I can’t find anything though.

    It should work with XBMC Custom XAF however.

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