New MELE M9 set-top-box mini PC features quad-core A31 CPU


MELE is probably better known for its original A1000 set-top-box models released in 2012. However, according to, the Chinese mini PC maker has just released a brand-new model featuring a quad-core CPU and external Wi-Fi antenna.

The Mele M9 is powered by Allwinner’s quad-core A31 ARM Cortex A7 SoC CPU and is accompanied by a decent 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB cache of flash storage.

Like most STB designs, this one features Fast Ethernet (100Mbps) on the back but gets a bonus built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi module with external antenna. It also comes with separate analog audio output and optical S/PDIF digital audio.

Its loaded up with three Type-A USB2.0 ports plus a miniUSB OTG port and a full-sized SD card slot.

It comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system, but with Allwinner releasing the source code for the A31 kernel earlier this year, it might be possible at some point, we’ll see a Linux distro here. The problem according to some will be the PowerVR SGX544 GPU – without GPU support, Linux video playback isn’t likely to be possible.

Still, as it is, the MeLE M9 should deliver decent gaming performance. It’s available now at Aliexpress for $US190.


ModelMeLE M9
ProcessorAllwinner A31 quad-core Cortex A7
ClockUp to 1GHz
GPU typePowerVR SGX544 MP2
Operating systemAndroid 4.1
Internal storage16GB
External storageSD, up to SDHC
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11n
No./type of USB portsUSB2.0 host x 3, USB OTG x 1
HDMI form factorv1.4
Announce DateJune 2013


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