At $20, the U2 may be the cheapest Android TV stick around

Looking for a way to run Android apps on your TV, but don’t want to spend a lot of money? DealExtreme is selling an Android TV stick called the U2 for just $20.50. That includes free shipping from Hong Kong to the United States.

Update: The U2 is now listed as “temporarily sold out.”

u2 android 4.0 media player

The U2 Mini Android 4.0 Media Player features an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage.

It has a USB 2.0 port on one end, for a keyboard, mouse, or other accessories. On the other end is an HDMI adapter which lets you plug the stick directly into a TV or monitor.

There’s also a microSD card slot for extra storage space and a microUSB port.

While the U2 isn’t the most powerful mini PC around, it’s certainly one of the cheapest. It also has hardware that’s a lot like that found in the original MK802, which sold for $74 when it launched about 7 months ago.

That means while the device ships with Google Android it should be possible to run alternate operating systems including Ubuntu and Fedora Linux.

via CNX Software



  • cray

    Sold out already, by the way.

    • Brad Linder

      That’s what I get for writing this last night and scheduling it to run this morning. :)

      • Peter No Tail

        And that’s what I get for not jumping at it and buying one when I had the chance.

        I’ve had it on my DX wish list for a week now and would’ve ordered one yesterday afternoon but i wasn’t sure if I had the funds in my bank account, so i was gonna buy one today after getting bank from the bank; of course it would change to “sold out” last night.

  • rformisa

    If LXpup or any Puppy Linux is ported to this baby, because they run from ram, you can have a fast 20 dollars Linux mini PC.

  • buzz86us

    I wanted one of these but my main issue was that they ship hk post which takes a month. I am hoping an option using epacket for about the same price comes up…

    • buzz86us

      for the time being I am getting an RK3066 based stick shipped domestically hoping these come back in stock since i might keep one on my HDTV and one on my atrix dock since my blu-ray player keeps crashing.

    • D Lowrey

      Many certainly do ship from Hong Kong. On the other hand…the one I ordered a week before Xmas on one of the biggest web sites based out of Seattle. The stick was here on the 26th. It was shipped from a warehouse in California.

  • strider_mt2k

    I dunno, I had an MK892+ take out a Droid Bionic Lapdock from an ESD discharge because that model doesn’t feature ESD protection circuitry on the HDMI port.

    That could easily have happened to an expensive HDTV as opposed to a discontinued 50 dollar toy.

    If these things also omit such protection then good luck to ya.

    • Liner0t

      what’s MK892+?

      • strider_mt2k

        Corrected, sorry!

  • Adam Koole

    This was cheap due to staff error; anyone who purchased it will have to request a refund, as they will never get stock back.

  • SugarLump

    won’t run xbmc. allwinner has issues with that chipset.