Reko QT800 mini PC powered by Allwinner A20 CPU

rekoqt800Dual-core TV stick-style mini PCs are everywhere at the moment but this new Reko QT800 is a little different.

The QT800 doesn’t take the normal Rockchip SoC CPU route but instead, powers on Allwinner’s A20 dual-core Cortex A7. That’s accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash storage, preloaded with Android 4.2.2. Most sellers seem to be claiming a clock speed of 1.5GHz, but we’re a bit suspicious of that since we’ve never seen it go beyond 1.2GHz normally. thinks it’s more likely to be 1GHz.

Storage can be expanded via MicroSD card slot, up to 32GB per card.┬áThere’s no Bluetooth here but you do get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi but no external Wi-Fi antenna as you do with many others these days.

As for ports, it’s pretty standard for a sub-$50 mini PC with HDMI, Type-A USB host, microUSB OTG and the MicroSD card slot.

Probably the weakest point is the Allwinner A20 CPU itself – since its a Cortex A7, it’s likely not to match the Cortex A9 cores inside the RK3066 but should be a little more power efficient.

You’ll find this one from various retailers on Aliexpress for around $44 including shipping. We do like the CX803, even the US636 from U-SEEK, mainly because of that faster Rockchip RK3066 CPU and the external Wi-Fi antenna. The days of Allwinner having that monopoly advantage of being able to boot up a genuine Linux distro are gone since the RK3066 generally has that option too.

There’s certainly no shortage of choice for dual-core mini PCs under $50, but if you want something different from a Rockchip-powered option, this is an alternative.

ProcessorAllwinner A230 dual-core Cortex A7
ClockUp to 1.5GHz(TBC)
GPU typeARM Mali-400
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage8GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
No./type of USB ports1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x MicroUSB OTG
HDMI form factorv1.4
Announce DateJuly 2013




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