Mini PCs

New Android 4.2.2 ROM for MK908 mini PC

FreakTab contributor ‘Finless Bob’ is at it again – he’s just released a new custom Android 4.2.2 ROM for the MK908 mini PC.
The tiny dongle PC runs RockChip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 processor in the same basic package as the original dual-cored RockChip RK3066-powered MK808.
The MK908 is one of a growing number of quad-core mini PCs that delivers near-smartphone performance in a compact design for use with big-screen TVs.… Read more

New UHOST3 TV box set to launch

The recent Hong Kong Electronics Far uncovered a number of quad-core TV sticks/mini PCs about to the hit the market.
And according to Geek Gadgets, mini PC maker UHOST is set to join the ranks with its new UHOST3.
However, according to reports, the company hasn’t yet decided which CPU it will use – whether its Allwinner’s A31S or Rockchip’s RK3188.… Read more

Power a mini PC in your car for less than $1

Mini PCs, whether in the form of TV set-top boxes or TV sticks, have taken the market by storm, offering ARM-grade computing on a miniature scale with support for Android and, in many cases, Linux as well.
We’ve already talked about how to run a single-core mini PC like the original MK802 or the lower-powered CX-01 on two AA batteries, but it’s also possible to run these devices in your car.… Read more

Power your mini PC or TV stick from two AA batteries

It’s fairly common to see a mini PC in the form of a TV stick require USB power. Even if your’s wasn’t supplied with one, AC mains USB power adapters are available everywhere for next to nothing. But if you have a single-core TV stick like the old CX-01 or the original Allwinner A10-powered MK802 or MK802+, there’s a pretty simple way you can power these particular units with just two AA batteries.… Read more

Bluetimes builds dual-core TV box/compact PC

Chipmaker AMLogic and its AML8726L Cortex A9 processor have been popular with enthusiasts given its ability to run Ubuntu Linux. But as cnx-software.com points out, there aren’t too many devices with dual-core AMLogic chips floating around on the market.
Enter Bluetimes, one of the growing number of low-cost Chinese operators with a Mele-style TV box called the MX5, featuring AMLogic’s AML8726-M6 dual-core Cortex A9 processor. … Read more

New TV box features webcam and dual-core CPU

Webcams have mostly been single-function devices since time began but the growth in smart TVs has seen webcams take on extra functionality.
Androidpc.es has reported the release of a second-generation webcam/TV box called the EU2000. The device combines a mini PC with a 5MP webcam with auto-focus and built-in stereo microphones.
The mini PC is powered by Allwinner’s A20 dual-core low-power Cortex A7 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage.… Read more

Mele launches $110 quad-core Allwinner TV box

Popular Chinese Android TV box brand Mele has released another Android TV box onto the market.
The new model, according to armdevices.net, will feature Allwinner’s A31 quad-core processor, which also includes PowerVR’s SGX544 graphics processor unit (GPU).
Part of the design includes a Windows 8-like user interface plus an Air Mouse-like remote with controls on one side and keyboard on the other.… Read more

New MK908 mini TV stick features RK3188 quad-core CPU

It looks like the first mini TV stick with Rockchip’s latest quad-core CPU has just hit the market.
Androidpc.es is reporting the first sighting of a new Tronsmart MK908 mini TV stick powered by the quad-core RK3188 processor, listed on Aliexpress for €69 (approx. $85).
The same unit has just been listed on eBay but for $100 including shipping.
The unit runs Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.8GHz, cooled by a double heatsink and includes 2GB of DDR3 memory to play with.… Read more