MEEGO-T01 HDMI TV Stick Supports Android, Windows 8.1, and Ubuntu/Linux

ARM based HDMI TV dongles have been available for over two years, mostly running Android, but the community has managed to install Linux desktop operating systems such as Ubuntu or Debian on these tiny gadgets with some limitations. But now that Intel is making low power SoC for tablets, at least one company has decided to make an HDMI TV stick powered by Intel “Bay Trail-T” Z3735F/G quad core processor, which can run Android, Windows 8.1, and Linux based desktop operating systems such as Ubuntu.

MEEGO-T01Meegopad MEEGO-T01 (aka APM-D01?) hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F / Z3735G “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics (2W TDP)
  • System Memory
    • 1 GB DDR3L-1333 for Z3735G (32-bit up to 5.3 GB/s)
    • 2 GB DDR3L-1333 for Z3735F (64-bit up to 10.6 GB/s)
  • Storage – 16 or 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Realtek RTL8723BS)
  • USB – 2x micro USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port.
  • Dimensions – 99.6 x 37.6 x 9.6 mm
  • Weight – 46 grams

Android and Windows 8.1 are supported according to the specifications, and Linux/Ubuntu is vaguely mentioned, so it may not be fully supported at this time, other Bay Trail-T mini PC can run Ubuntu with some caveats, so hopefully issues can be ironed out, and we can finally have an HDMI stick running Ubuntu / Debian with full 2D/3D GPU acceleration, and video hardware decoding support.

Intel_HDMI_TV_Stick_BoardThe PCB name is DAONH1MB6A0, and appears to have been designed by a Taiwanese public company called “HannStar Board Corporation“.

MEEGO-T01 / APM-D01 / Meegopad T01 (not sure of the name) is not available for retail yet, but it’s listed on Alibaba, as well as on Shenzhen APEC Electronic’s APM-D01 product page. I could not find any price information, except the very vague, and unreliable, “$1 to $70” on Alibaba.

[Update: you can now purchase MeegoPad T01 on DealExtreme for $99.99 for the 2GB/16GB version, and $109.99 for the 2GB/32GB version]

Via Mini PC G+ community

31 Replies to “MEEGO-T01 HDMI TV Stick Supports Android, Windows 8.1, and Ubuntu/Linux”

  1. Only n00bs use binary blobs, like Windows, OS X, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, etc..

    All the cool kids write their own with asm, semi-nerds compile with already existing compilers. 😉

  2. @adem
    Heh, aren’t we all, I bet pretty much everyone has at least one blob system for use/backup.

    Seriously though, pretty cool overall, too bad Intel is one of the bad guys, so nobody respecting fair business practises should favor other than x86 archs.

  3. Both Z3735F and Z3735G are 64bit. It’s just that Z3735F can only see 1GB of RAM and Win 8.1 asks 2GB as a minimum.

    Also in the specs you have in the article, Z3735F and Z3735G are reversed. Z3735G is the model with the 2GB, Z3735F is the one with the 1GB.

  4. @John
    Both are using 64-bit instruction sets, but The 32-bit/64-bit must refer to the memory interface. I got this on Shenzhen APEC Electronic’s APM-D01 product page, where Z3735G = 1GB/32-bit, Z3735F = 2GB/64-bit. This is also in line with the specs on Intel website where Z3735G supports 1GB max, and Z3735F 2GB max. But I reckon the nomenclature is confusing.

  5. @Alex
    Got a message from seller over the weekend. Does not sound like it is coming. I’m not willing to wait for it, so I will cancel after the guaranteed delivery time expires.

    “Hi Chris ….,
    How are you ? Thanks for your interesting into our products. Due to our heavy sample request for a lot of customers, now our sample shipping time will be sheduled to next middle month ,so if it’s possible we can delay the shipping time? Sorry for that . “

  6. @Chris
    I think you can request an extension of the “guaranteed delivery time”, and still be covered with Aliexpress protection.

    That device has gone viral, so I’m not surprised they are having issues filling demand.

  7. I’m also on the waiting list for a sample of this little stick. I’m pretty excited!
    Based off the emails they will be mass produced starting in mid-November.

    From what I understand the Meego-T01 will have either Android or Windows 8.1 available. I’m not yet sure if they will ship dual booting or not.

    I’m planning on remixing a Ubuntu livecd to run properly and install properly on this stick. Currently there are only a couple of distro’s that MIGHT boot on it, but won’t have working wifi. It needs a 32-bit bootloader and 64-bit os.

    The hardest parts should be the rtl8723bs wifi which is working on some other tablets in linux, and the bluetooth which isn’t working yet in linux. I hear that the kernel will need to be patched to make the internal flash work in linux without a ton of errors being spit out.

    Something to also keep in mind is that the Meego-T01 will not boot from the micro-sd card. However it should be possible to put a boot partition/kernel on the internal flash and have the filesystem on a micro-sd card.

  8. I’m looking for an analysis of the partitions on this system. I got a similar device released by Lemel in Taiwan. They decided not to include Android in the system and the BIOS will only run a 32bit installer so I’m unable to install 64bit windows on it.

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