Tronsmart Draco H3 is a Low Cost HDMI TV Stick based on Allwinner H3 SoC

Allwinner H3 was unveiled as a quad core processor for 4K media players that would sell for less than $50, but so far devices like TVPP0030 are selling for an unattractive $80, but this may be about to change thanks to devices like Tronsmart Draco H3 HDMI TV stick that are expected to sell between $30 to $40 retail, possibly excluding shipping, and it would then compete against Amlogic S805 platforms such as MK808B Plus that only support 1080p video decoding and output.

Tronsmart_Draco_H3Preliminary specifications for Tronsmart Draco H3:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.5GHz with quad core Mali-400MP2 @ 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6212 module)
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 male connector up to 4K2K @ 30Hz, with HDMI CEC support
  • Video Codec – H.265/HEVC up to 4K30, 1080p60 decoding for H.264, VP8, MPEG-1/2,  MPEG-4, H.263. WMV9, VC1, etc…
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port (full size), 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Misc – Function key (recovery?)
  • Power Supply – 5V with micro USB port
  • Dimensions – N/A
  • Weight – N/A

Allwinner_H3_HDMI_TV_Stick
The TV dongle should run Android 4.4, and I’ve been told Allwinner assigned extra resources to properly support Kodi on their Allwinner H3 processor.

Tronsmart Draco H3 should start shipping in the middle of May.

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Jon Smirl
5 years ago

Anyone found a copy of the H3 SDK yet?

eric
5 years ago

We will push them to release the h3 sdk asap.

also just add something, the draco h3 will use the emmc, not nano flash. also built in OTA.

the fn button is used for firmware update if you need it.

Freire
Freire
5 years ago
kusta
kusta
5 years ago

All allwinner soc have bad hw acceleration and decoding support. I will be not buying another sh*t based on Allwinner

mirror
5 years ago

@kusta Allwinner uses a decoding engine called Cedarx with pretty high technology, among all of chinese chipset manufacturers. Therefore, it has changed the API standard of original Android. Because Allwinner thinks it’s not efficient for the Android native architecture. It brought to stronger local player. However, it couldn’t dock prefectly with the interface of hardware decoding. Besides, it has a worse effect in the aspect of support third party players, such as: MX Player, Archos, Kodi. It’s with little third players in the mainland of China. But, there is a good news, Allwinner attaches great importances to overseas markets currently,… Read more »

kusta
kusta
5 years ago

@mirror

last move of allwinner is not promising, as if you read news here they also do some nasty things such as packing some opensource things and representing them as their.

I am sure they will never deliver support for current soc’s maybe inly for new one as that is their strategy.

JotaMG
JotaMG
5 years ago

I couldn’t agree more with “mirror”, CedarX, when it works, it is very good.
The only problem is the “when”…

Despite I don’t like the support Allwinner has give in the past I also believe they are now on the right path.
(well, it’s either that or be out of business ;-))

Tadej
Tadej
5 years ago

Why did they make this move? Use A7 cores, instead of create CPU with A53 cores?

Hulk Hogan
5 years ago

New SOC from All-loser ? How do they cheat on Antutu this time ? Is it still the ro.sys.hiritsu stuff in the build.prop like with the Allwinner A80 ?

Screw them for trying to screw us.

eric
5 years ago

The tronsmart draco h3 is release in our site, here is the link:

http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Tronsmart-Draco-Allwinner-H3-TV-Dongle-Mini-PC-Quad-Core-1G-8G-HDMI-802-11-b-g-n-2-4G-BT4-0-4K-H-265-OTA-346201.html

also tronsmart open the draco h3 sdk for developer, and stock firmware, detail is here:

http://www.tronsmart.com/?cat=58

onebir
onebir
5 years ago


You could mention it’s on sale – $35! 😉

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[…] H3 based Android TV boxes have been selling for a few months for $80 or less, and Draco H3 HDMI TV stick even goes for just $35. Zidoo has been working on their own Allwinner H3 platform […]

iFX
iFX
5 years ago

@mirror – you work for Zidoo, right? I understand when you’ve worked hard on creating some code that your competitors would love to get a hold of, you might feel uneasy about releasing it under GPL… but if you want to keep your source closed – then don’t use a GPL code base to begin with! If you want to keep your code proprietary, write your own “Kodi” if that’s the path you want to take. Don’t discount the many years of hard work the XBMC/Kodi team have saved you by using their code on your devices – for free…… Read more »

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[…] Tronsmart Draco H3 is a low cost HDMI TV stick powered by Allwinner H3 quad core processor. At $35, the device costs about $5 more than Amlogic S805 based sticks like MK808B Plus with about the same specs (quad core Cortex A7/A5, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, HDMI out..), but with the added benefit of 4K @ 30Hz support. […]

Joe Mont
Joe Mont
5 years ago

So who do we buy Soc’s from if allwinner tries to scam its userbase while not adhering to the GPL?

AMlogic, Rockchip?

Jon Smirl
5 years ago

@Joe Mont
All of the SOC vendors are violating the GPL in some form or another. Allwinner just has someone following it who is complaining loudly. In all fairness Allwinner’s GPL compliance is above average for a SOC vendor.

Salinas
Salinas
4 years ago

I am reading from Tronsmart’s website: “Tronsmart Draco H3, THE WORLD’S FIRST 4K DONGLE”

LOL!!! I own a 4K dongle from maybe 1 year ago! Is this a joke?

One reviewed here last August 2014:
http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/08/18/122-mk903v-may-be-the-first-android-hdmi-tv-dongle-powered-by-rockchip-rk3288-soc/

One here from last November 2014:
http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/11/26/zero-devices-z5c-thinko-review/

Another one from November 2014:
http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/11/25/rk3288-tv-stick-ethernet-unboxing/

Really, I am tired reading some chinese companies constantly lying…

Please! Launch your products when they are stable!

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