New mini PC brand Ditter has launched a set-top box model called the Ditter U24, the unusual feature being the VIA processor on-board. However at this stage, it’s not exactly clear which version resellers will have on sale.
In the marketing material, Ditter has decided the U24 will feature a choice of either VIA 8850 single-core or 8880 dual-core Cortex A9 CPU. We think this isn’t a great idea because it isn’t easy to tell which U24 will have the single- or the dual-core CPU. As an example, the first Aliexpress reseller we’ve seen hasn’t made it clear which version they’re selling at the $57 inc shipping price tag – the single or dual-core option.
Unfortunately, this is one of the issues when buying online where some resellers aren’t exactly clear on the specifications. Even in the device specifications panel for this one Aliexpress reseller, both CPUs are listed so you’re no closer to knowing what’s going on. And just to make it even more confusing, there’s an extra text box that mentions “Amlogic-MX dual-core processor faster 1.5 GHZ” so it’s almost a lottery as to what you’ll end up with.
Elsewhere however, this STB mini PC is reasonably well supported with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and what we think is 8GB of on-board flash, but it may well yet be only 4GB. Showing its age just a little, the U24 only features Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and there’s no information on whether an upgrade will be available to anything more recent.
There’s a very decent list of peripheral ports with two USB2.0 host (type-A) ports and a microUSB OTG port. There’s also an SD card slot, good for up to 32GB per card to expand whether the on-board storage ends up being. Networking isn’t too bad with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and RJ45 Fast Ethernet on-board. Sadly, there appears to be no Bluetooth, but there’s also composite AV output through a 3.5mm TRRS port.
The package includes a passable remote control, composite AV cable, microUSB OTG cable, HDMI cable and 5V/2A DC power brick.
After seeing many mini PCs with only HDMI outputs, there’s been an noticeable increase of late in the number of models now including composite AV output – whether its a 3.5mm TRRS (tip-ring-ring-sleeve) connector or three RCA ports.
At just $57 including shipping, it’s one of the cheapest STB style mini PCs going around. It’s just a pity we don’t actually know which CPU is included.
|Processor||VIA 8850 single-core/8880 double-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.5GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 / Mali-400 MP2|
|Operating system||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||SD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n (inc. RJ45 Fast Ethernet)|
|No./type of USB ports||2 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG|
|HDMI form factor||v1,4 (inc. composite AV)|
|Announce Date||September 2013|
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