Sunvell H3 Allwinner H3 TV Box with 2GB RAM Sells for $27.99 (Promo)

There aren’t that many Allwinner H3 TV boxes with some models coming to mind being Zidoo X1 or Beelink X2, but of which appear to be phased out. If you are just looking for Android boxes, Amlogic S905X/S905W boxes are probably better options due to better support for video playback, but if you have desktop/server Linux in mind, then Allwinner H3 may be considered, and Beelink X2 used to be supported in Armbian, but is now EOS (End-of-Support).

Nevertheless, it should still be possible to run Linux on Allwinner H3 TV boxes with some efforts, and GearBest now has a promotion for Sunvell H3 TV box which comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, and sells for $27.99 plus some small shipping fee ($0.68 here).

Sunvell H3 TV BoxSunvell H3 specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Arm Cortex A7 with quad core Mali-400MP2
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 64 GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K2K @ 30Hz + AV port (composite + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, power button and LED
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A (power barrel)
  • Dimensions – 9.20 x 9.20 x 1.70 cm
  • Weight – 150 grams

Sunvell H3The box runs Android 7.0, and ships with a power adapter, an IR remote control, a HDMI cable, and an user manual in English. For reference, if you wanted a somewhat  equivalent Allwinner H3 development board, you could get Orange Pi Plus 2E, with the same 2GB/16GB configuration but adding GbE, and I/O headers for about $46 on Aliexpress. This price does not include the case, nor power supply, but the board is officially supported by Armbian.

Thanks to Suren for the tip.

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KotCzarny
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interesting, but compared to opi+2e/tritium-2gb:
– no gigabit
– how is the cooling done: if it’s metal box you cant easily add fan (although it *might* be done well, but don’t kid yourself), if it’s plastic it’s cooking without the fan
– what is the wifi chip? xr819? it’s bad.
– only 2 usb ports
– no access to expansion pins
– price is a *promo*
– funny bit from ‘specs’: System Bit: 64Bit 😉

so all in all might work nice due to 2gb, but overall might be lower performance (still better than 1gb).

KotCzarny
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more thoughts:
– case is most likely plastic (or you should route wifi antenna outside yourself)
– above + using droid7 without any voltage regulation means it’s COOKING and throttling/core killing like 7th ring of hell

tkaiser
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tkaiser

> using droid7

Android? On an Allwinner box? Why? Since you didn’t realize that Amlogic exists?

Su Zet
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Su Zet

I’m so teased to buy one but there are many unknowns as KotCzarny mentioned. For a media box I think an Android is more useful than Armbian. Don’t take me wrong – I use two instances of Armbian at home (Octoprint and OpenHab) and they perform beautifully beside some freezes that occur once a month but I’m still investigating where is the reason. But I’m using them only with the web interface on a PC.
Another unknown is if Android is not made well (no voltage regulation or just buggy) how I will boot from microSD/local storage to run Armbian.

tkaiser
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tkaiser

> For a media box I think an Android is more useful than Armbian

Of course. But why would you then choose a cheap Allwinner box? Especially with an outdated SoC from 2014 with inferior codec support. If cheap and Android then Amlogic. At least if you’re interested in watching video and IO bandwidth is irrelevant.

People who want to run Linux on such a TV box… better do some research first even if the box looks like a bargain. But usually with Allwinner at least booting something that is on SD card is no issue due to higher boot priority.

theguyuk
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theguyuk

Several of these products get bundled with IPTV packages, so is this a left over stock clearence, hence the price dump?

This box has been around for a while, but not seens reviews of the android or box build quality from many users

theguyuk
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theguyuk

They have many brands and spot the HDR ect claims in the photos on this 1ghz box?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Vmade-V96S-mini-Android-7-1-OS-octa-core-mini-Smart-TV-Box-Allwinner-H3-Quad/32902006734.html?

Comrade Capitalist-Running-Dog Deng
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Comrade Capitalist-Running-Dog Deng

Are the price of these boxes slow low because they are effectively being subsidized by tax payers in the Peoples Republic of China (taxes -> government -> grants/handouts/tax breaks to new technology companies -> unrealistic low price product compared to non-Red-China corporations)?

JotaMG
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JotaMG

One more futile advertisement for gearbest…

Matthew
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Althought not the best example of a TV box, this little thing runs Armbian pretty well.