MeLE PCG02U Intel Bay Trail TV Stick Runs Ubuntu, Costs $59

Once I asked MeLE if they planned to sells Bay Trail Ubuntu mini PCs, and they did not really seem interested, but the company has now changes their mind, as they are about to launch PCG02U TV stick powered by Intel Atom Z3735F processor with 1GB RAM, and 32GB flash for $59, which is likely to be the factory price, not the retail price.

PCG02U_Ubuntu_TV_Stick

MeLE PCG02U specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F  “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics Gen 7 (2W TDP)
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB port (for power only)
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port.
  • Dimensions – N/A

These specifications are very similar to MeLE PCG02 TV stick running Windows 10, except the memory has been decrease to 1GB, and the case is now Ubuntu Orange. A version with 2GB RAM will also be available for $69. Charbax got a short demo with the stick at MeLE office.

Some other manufacturer such as MeegoPad also provided Ubuntu TV sticks, but they simply loaded images made by Linuxium, and not even the latest one. We’ll have to see what MeLE provides, and the retail price. For reference, Ubuntu PCG02 with 2GB RAM now sells for $98.60 including shipping and a Windows 10 license, so I’d expect the Ubuntu version to be slightly cheaper since it does not include the Windows 10 “mini PCs” license, and the version with 1GB RAM to be even cheaper.

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.

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Gabe
Gabe
4 years ago

Too little(memory) too late(old processor).

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago

Will this support audio over HDMI?
Is still a big problem on these Intel Atom chips so far …

drmail377@yahoo.com
4 years ago

1GB isn’t enough memory, especially if they are forced to run 64-bit Ubuntu because of a lack of 32-bit drivers (a common problem with a lot of hardware these days).

milkboy
milkboy
4 years ago

@GunterO
Atom Z3735F ,AFAIK, has no more major problem.
the new CT(cherry trail) ATOM still has audio issue, last i checked.

baoboa
baoboa
4 years ago
baoboa
baoboa
4 years ago

it make a nice thin client and there is the possibility to add a security cable

Sander
Sander
4 years ago

@baoboa
“a security cable” = Kensington lock?

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago

baoboa :
if i remember right linuxium did a dirty hack over the dts to get sound over hdmi

Yes, but read this (same guy): http://www.linuxium.com.au/how-tos/soundontheintelcomputesticksterlingcity

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago
baoboa
baoboa
4 years ago

@Sander
yes, the brand free name πŸ™‚

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago

cnxsoft :
@GunterO
HDMI audio is supported on Bay Trail (hack, not mainline), but not on Cherry Trail.
PCG02U will support HDMI audio.

I believe it when I see it πŸ™‚

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago

That would really be silly of MeLE not to support HDMI audio on PCG02-U since all info is available around the web. But better safe than sorry :).

Indeed, but I meant mainline. I think Intel should put some resources in that.
I have bought a Rikomagic MK36S LE (yep, Linux-Edition) and guess what. No HDMI audio.
When you ask Rikomagic about the status of it, they say “depends on the Linux community”…
So they are not putting any work in it :-/
Same for the Up-Board (kickstarter), they are struggling to get audio over HDMI.

GunterO
GunterO
4 years ago

The Up-Board developers replied this when I asked:
Yes, we know it. We’re working with Intel on it.
Hopefully we can get it ready before the UP board delivery.

So, there is maybe a little hope for the Cherry Trail?

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