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U2 Mini Android 4.0 On A Stick (1.5GHz A10, 1GB memory, 4GB storage +microSD, HDMI, USB Host) $20.50 @ DealExtreme

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Last Edited by widgit January 3, 2013 at 03:11 PM
DealExtreme has the U2 Mini Android on a Stick for $20.50

Link [dx.com]


Processor: Allwinner A10 (Cortex A8) 1.5GHZ
Memory: 1GB DDR3 RAM
USB: USB 2.0 HOST
Storage: 4GB + microsd slot

Reviews on amazon suggests it has access to Google Play store, as well as the product page from another store, envybox.com [enybox.com]


Full spec list from product page:
Model U2
Quantity 1
Material Plastic
Color Black
OS Android 4.0
Chipset Allwinner A10 / Cortex A8
Processor Frequency 1.5GHZ
RAM DDR III 1GB
Internal Memory 4GB
Memory Card Type Supports Micro SD / TF card up to 32GB
Expansion Slot USB 2.0
Audio Format MP3 / WMA / 3GP / WAV
Video Format AVI / RM / RMVB / MKV / WMV / MOV
Output Resolution 1080P
Picture Formats JPEG / BMP / PNG / GIF
Subtitle Formats SubRip [.srt]
OS Language South Africa Dutch / Amharic / Indonesian / Catalan / Czech / Danish / German / English / Spanish / French / Croatian / Italian / Latvian / Lithuanian / Hungarian / Malay / Dutch / Bokmål / Polish / Portuguese / Romanian / Rhaeto-Rumantsch / Slovak / Slovenian / Finnish / Swedish / Swahili / Tagalog / Vietnamese / Turkish / Zulu / Greek / Bulgarian / Russian / Serbian / Ukrainian / Hebrew / Arabic / Farsi / Hindi / Thai / Korean / Japanese / Chinese Traditional / Chinese Simplified
Video Interface HDMI
Audio Interface HDMI
Other Interface TF + USB + Mini USB OTG + HDMI
Other Features
Built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n network card,Support 3 G wireless network card online,support Video call(SKYPE), Support webcam, 2.4GHz wireless keyboard, mouse, air mouse
Power Input AC 100-240V (US Plug)
Packing List 1 x Network player
1 x Power adapter
1 x HDMI cable (8cm)
1 x USB cable (80cm)
1 x English user manual

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#151
Quote from TrueYears View Post :
If you guys want a smooth experience, considering waiting for 8-11 when companies show their products or consider getting a MK808, GK802 or ODROID U2
shipping of ODROID-U2 will cost you $30, and we are talking about Android stick for $20 total (free shipping)

these are devices from different classes (expensive developer board vs. cheap toy/gadget)

this is good deal not because of performance of A10@U2, its wide software support, future proof, latest/greatest quadcore CPU/GPU or wide range of ports (BT/WiFi/USB3.0/SATA)... NO... it is good deal because of it extremely low price while it is decent device for simple tasks like just playing movie
Last edited by Andrzej12 January 3, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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#152
Quote from marinemerchant View Post :
Not sure what proof there could be other than a review of someone ordering it from DX and confirming such, which we don't have.


I've ordered electronic gadgets from DX for 3-4 years now and products have always been what they said in the descriptions. The U1A comes in a white box [geekbuying.com] and DX's shows a blue box.


I know that's not a 100% assurance, but I ordered two myself and feel confident DX won't screw me over. I actually ordered the U1A few weeks back too for $35 and feel it's worth every penny after I put Plex on it. Out of the box...eh. I had a buddy order the MK808 off amazon for $60 and Play store didn't even work out of the box.
That's good enough for me then. I've order a time or two with DX and trust them over a few of the other online China shops, so I won't worry anymore. Thanks and rep'd.
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#153
Quote from TrueYears View Post :
Some input:

I have been developing and dealing with these sticks ever since the MK802 was first released;
Fast review on the standard MK802 which features the A10 chip. FIRST. Every chip that features a A10 that says its clocked at 1.5ghz are LYING. These are Soc which means everything is in the chip. the CPU is normally clocked at 998mhz and the GPU is at about 500mhz so what these companies who sell these sticks do is ADD together and advertise them as a 1.5ghz stick. the A10 is a GREAT AWESOME SUPER chip for HW decoding using MX Player and its built in player it actually has a dedicaded video decoder know as the VPU CedarX that can decode up 2160p. Which make the A10 a wonder video playback chip. BUT THAT IS IT. The company behind the chip has keep it pretty close source and and some developers were planning on brining XBMC to it but the project was forgotten because Allwinner Technology wasn't working with them on releasing important needed drivers/files. They send them emails and eventually got a response which turned out to be the SAME files their webpage has to download already. Out of the box, it handles MKV 1080p files great. DTS need that issue fixed (http://www.equisoforum.com/Thread...ICE-Player) i can play a lot of different video codec/containers/formats because the chinese don't give a shit about the licensing.

From your experience, is this device (or CPU) on Netflix's approved list? In other words, can I download Netflix from the Play Store and install it on the device without issue?
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#154
http://www.j1nx.nl/xbmc-allwinner...te-5-last/


Here we go

the A10 chips will never see XBMC support
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#155
Quote from poppyfire View Post :
From your experience, is this device (or CPU) on Netflix's approved list? In other words, can I download Netflix from the Play Store and install it on the device without issue?

Its not approved at all but doesnt stop us from trying

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vjcg471...-1.8.1.apk


I think this version will work about a 97%


However, I have MK802 with a custom ROM and i just installed the newest rom




TIP


For of you wanting the XBMC experience, I may have an alternative

Download Mizuu from the PlayStore, And use MX Player to play videos

Mizuu is sort of like XBMC but just basic. Just a video organizer

Quote from Andrzej12 View Post :
shipping of ODROID-U2 will cost you $30, and we are talking about Android stick for $20 total (free shipping)

these are devices from different classes (expensive developer board vs. cheap toy/gadget)

this is good deal not because of performance of A10@U2, its wide software support, future proof, latest/greatest quadcore CPU/GPU or wide range of ports (BT/WiFi/USB3.0/SATA)... NO... it is good deal because of it extremely low price while it is decent device for simple tasks like just playing movie
I am not saying its not a good deal! its a great deal to be honest. These cheap android sticks get the job done. My sister is currently using hers and she finds it okay. ALl she does is watch netflix on it and she came from using a Blueray Player that had a netflix and that sucked




Just dont have high standards
Last edited by TrueYears January 3, 2013 at 06:18 PM
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#156
Quote from TrueYears View Post :
This but since Chinese are the ones making these boards they dont give a shit about codec licenses so they can just built in their players lmao however, MX and DICE I think drop support for DTS in fear of getting sued.


Really anything with a A10 will play back 1080P MKV fine. BUT That IS IT. For anything else., look for something else. But like I said, if you want a device that supports 5.1 and a lot of different types of video formats something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...QgodmB4ABQ
How about any device that support RMVB format?
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#157
Quote from TrueYears View Post :
http://www.j1nx.nl/xbmc-allwinner...te-5-last/

the A10 chips will never see XBMC support
I've read that previously, he sounds like a pompous whiner.

The facts are that a number of other video players DO support hardware accelerated video on on the Allwinner SOC. That dev blames Allwinner, yet other devs have worked with them without issues? Perhaps a lot of the fault isn't with Allwinner, but the XBMC devs. This is just another area where XBMC has fallen behind.

Use a DNLA client with one of the better video players and a few utils and you'll get most of the features of XBMC. The truth is that MX Player and Mobo Player (and others) are adding features like mad, it won't be long until they're doing everything XBMC is doing. The way things are going with the XBMC devs, it may not be long until XBMC is completely left behind by the competition.

Keep in mind that XBMC does work on this chip. The problem is that the XBMC devs are too slack to implement hardware video decoding, making it worthless for HD video, but fine for low def web videos and live streams.
Last edited by Larron January 3, 2013 at 06:46 PM
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#158
oh no... OOS.
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#159
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oh no... OOS.
yup, looks dead Frown
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#160
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yup, looks dead Frown
Looks like I saved $20. Austerity measures win again!
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#161
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Looks like I saved $20. Austerity measures win again!
same here...was debating it... and decision became easy...
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#162
Quote from Larron View Post :
I've read that previously, he sounds like a pompous whiner.

The facts are that a number of other video players DO support hardware accelerated video on on the Allwinner SOC. That dev blames Allwinner, yet other devs have worked with them without issues? Perhaps a lot of the fault isn't with Allwinner, but the XBMC devs. This is just another area where XBMC has fallen behind.

Use a DNLA client with one of the better video players and a few utils and you'll get most of the features of XBMC. The truth is that MX Player and Mobo Player (and others) are adding features like mad, it won't be long until they're doing everything XBMC is doing. The way things are going with the XBMC devs, it may not be long until XBMC is completely left behind by the competition.

Keep in mind that XBMC does work on this chip. The problem is that the XBMC devs are too slack to implement hardware video decoding, making it worthless for HD video, but fine for low def web videos and live streams.

Yeah I give a few months before we start to see some HW decoding using XBMC
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#163
http://dx.com/p/u2-mini-android-4...1gb-145864
Seems to go in and out of stock (Im assuming they're adding more as it runs out, as it's extremely popular given its price point)
It shows as $20.50 USD for me with free shipping although I'm in Australia, I'm assuming you would get the same deal since DX ship globally

Appears to be similiar to http://slickdeals.net/f/5654884-Lowest-Priced-Android-4-0-PC-Stick-1Ghz-CPU-HDMI-GPU-FREE-SHIPPING-34-99?v=1
except this one has specs that state 1.5ghz instead of 1.0

From DX Page:
OS Android 4.0
Chipset Allwinner A10 / Cortex A8
Processor Frequency 1.5GHZ
RAM DDR III 1GB
Internal Memory 4GB
Memory Card Type Supports Micro SD / TF card up to 32GB
Expansion Slot USB 2.0
Audio Format MP3 / WMA / 3GP / WAV
Video Format AVI / RM / RMVB / MKV / WMV / MOV
Output Resolution 1080P
Video Interface HDMI
Audio Interface HDMI
Other Interface TF + USB + Mini USB OTG + HDMI
Other Features
Built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n network card,Support 3 G wireless network card online,support Video call(SKYPE), Support webcam, 2.4GHz wireless keyboard, mouse, air mouse
Power Input AC 100-240V (US Plug)
Packing List 1 x Network player
1 x Power adapter
1 x HDMI cable (8cm)
1 x USB cable (80cm)
1 x English user manual
Last edited by aborder January 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM
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#164
I feel like this was posted earlier..
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