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Tronsmart Draco AW80 is an Allwinner A80 Android mini PC with Up to 4GB RAM

An Allwinner A80 board for TV boxes / mini PC started to show up in the upcoming Z8C Alice TV box a few weeks ago, and the board, or another one with exactly the same layout, made it into Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta and Telos mini PCs with respectively 2GB RAM/16GB eMMC, and 4GB RAM/32GB eMMC, and selling for $149.99 and $199.99 on GeekBuying.

Tronsmart_AW80_DracoTronsmart Draco AW80 Meta/Telos specifications:

  • SoC – AllWinner Ultra Core A80 4x Cortex 15, 4x Cortex A7 big.LITTLE processor with Imagination Technologies PowerVR GC6230 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, Directx 9.3
  • System Memory – 2GB (Meta), or 4GB (Telos) DDR3
  • Storage – 16 GB (Meta) or 32GB (Telos) eMMC + SD card slot + SATA port (via a USB 2.0/3.0 bridge)
  • Video  Output – HDMI 1.4b + AV port
  • Audio – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • (Main) Video Codecs – H.265/VP9 up to 1080p @ 30 fps (software decode?), H.264/VP8 up to 4K2K @ 30fps, 1080p120, or 720p240
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with external antenna, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 OTG port (full size), 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 16.4 x 16.4 x 2.75 cm
  • Weight – 442 grams

Allwinner_A80_TV_Box_Connectors

The box runs a rooted Android 4.4 firmware pre-loaded with XBMC/Kodi, Netflix, Youtube, Hulu Plus, Plex Skype, and supporting OTA updates. Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora?) beta images will be released by the end of November. Draco AW80 is sold with a simple IR remote control, a SATA cable, and HDMI cable, a male to male USB cable (for OTG port), a power adapter, and a user’s manual. Allwinner A80 Antutu scores are usually all over the place, but for reference only, this device manages to get 55,106 points in Antutu 5.1.5. Beside the fast processor, this is only of the rare boxes with fast interface include Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and SATA. The main downside is that the price is very close to competing fanless Intel based mini PCs.

Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta (2GB/16GB) will ship now, but the 4GB RAM version, AW80 Telos is only available for pre-order with shipping scheduled for the end of November. I understand people who purchased Tronsmart Orion R28 Beta may be able to get a $20 discount, and an SDK for the device will be released. However, based on previous experience, the Android SDK is likely to be outdated.

  1. newbie
    October 31st, 2014 at 18:12 | #1

    “…Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora?) beta images will be released by the end of November”

    VPU, GPU HW acceleration?

  2. Harley
    October 31st, 2014 at 19:24 | #2

    HDMI 1.4 or HDMI 2.0?

  3. Johny007
    October 31st, 2014 at 20:04 | #3

    I wonder if that USB3 to SATA bridge is able to supply SMART info from HDD.

  4. Paulin ARBOUX
    October 31st, 2014 at 22:02 | #4

    @Harley

    Geekbuying refered to hmdi “a” for 2/16go and hdmi 1.4b for 4/32go

  5. October 31st, 2014 at 22:33 | #5

    Paulin ARBOUX :
    @Harley
    Geekbuying refered to hmdi “a” for 2/16go and hdmi 1.4b for 4/32go

    both of them should be hdmi 1.4b.

  6. leToff
    November 1st, 2014 at 00:50 | #6

    Has anybody here have experienced Tronsmart hardware before ? I’m fed up of my Minix’s freezes and consider buying something more reliable.

  7. November 1st, 2014 at 00:50 | #7

    Nice to see these A80 devices starting to show up. That will help push Linux adoption on them!

  8. Kevin Young
    November 1st, 2014 at 03:18 | #8

    1.4b

    Harley :
    HDMI 1.4 or HDMI 2.0?

  9. anon
    November 1st, 2014 at 03:21 | #9

    @miniNodes
    How exactly would any of these AllWinner A80 system Linux adoption in any way?

    Sure both A10 and A20 processors did help, but A80?

    For pure brute force computation there are much better choices available, with similar lack of openness.

  10. anon
    November 1st, 2014 at 03:24 | #10

    @anon
    *A80 systems help Linux adoptation

  11. javqui
    November 2nd, 2014 at 05:45 | #11

    For pure brute force computation there are much better choices available, with similar lack of openness.

    I’m interested in “much better choices available”. Could you mention a few before order this device for $149?
    Thanks

  12. November 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 | #12

    @javqui
    I’m not sure it’s much better, but something like ECS LIVA (now $180) could be a better choice, especially if you plan to run Linux.

  13. Jibril
  14. javqui
    November 4th, 2014 at 12:58 | #14

    Thanks for your suggestions, these boards are really interesting but they didn’t provide the 4k features that A80 have. According with the specs on geekbuying, this board is capable to encode 4k video h.265 @30fps.
    I’m looking for a board with 4k features with enough power to handle it and looks like the A80 is the right path.
    If somebody know a board with similar features, I will really appreciate any suggestion. At the moment, looks like this is the only board available (apart from Optimus board) with this huge amount of video decoding and encoding, a critical part (decoding) for a 4k settop box.
    Considering the large and deep experience of miniNodes with the A80, hope he will have some extra comments and suggestions.

  15. javqui
    November 4th, 2014 at 13:02 | #15

    cnxsoft :
    @javqui
    I’m not sure it’s much better, but something like ECS LIVA (now $180) could be a better choice, especially if you plan to run Linux.

    Thanks for your suggestion. Your site is an excellent reference point for A80 news and other SoCs and boards. You are doing an excellent job. Thanks for the great editorial and content.

  16. Harley
    November 5th, 2014 at 16:30 | #16

    XBMC should work on A80 as it uses LibStageFright and MediaCodec API

  17. Fred phoesh
    November 25th, 2014 at 04:54 | #17

    Audio Quality – anyone know if this SOC is able to do HD Audio, 24 or 32 bit 192khz ?

  18. December 4th, 2014 at 11:16 | #18

    Serial port seems to match:

    http://linux-sunxi.org/Merrii_A80_Optimus_Board#Serial_console_port

    J13:
    1: GND (arrow) (blue)
    2:
    3:
    4: rx (red)
    5: tx (green)
    Colors: https://www.olimex.com/Products/Components/Cables/USB-Serial-Cable/USB-Serial-Cable-F/

    U-Boot 2011.09-rc1-00001-gb2cf859 (Sep 18 2014 – 16:37:24) Allwinner Technology

    [ 0.723]version: 1.1.0
    [ 0.730]pmbus: ready
    use pmu by pmu_id from sys_config.fex
    [ 0.737]PMU: AXP808
    [ 0.739]PMU: AXP808 found
    [ 0.742]power: oz found

  19. Jibril
    December 8th, 2014 at 02:05 | #19

    the same board of Tronsmart Draco AW80 is also on CX-X8 from http://www.Sunchip-tech.com (on Alibaba is sold as CX-A99)

  20. matej
    February 27th, 2015 at 17:04 | #20

    @Fred phoesh
    hi, have you found out about audio quality of Tronsmart Draco AW80 ?

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