UG008 dual-core Android mini PC with Ethernet, WiFi

The UG008 is a palm-sized device which you can plug into a TV to run Android apps on a large display. Like many other Android mini computers that have been released in the last few months, it has a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

But unlike many of its peers, this inexpensive Android computer has an Ethernet jack.

UG008

One problem that plagues many of the small Android TV sticks that we’ve seen has been poor WiFi reception. If you buy a cheap Android device with the hopes of streaming Netflix, YouTube, and other media to your TV, a good internet connection is kind of important.

While the UG008 is a little larger than some of its peers, the addition of an Ethernet jack means that you should be able to keep a reliable internet connection by running a cable straight to your router.

The UG008 also has an external antenna which should help with WiFi performance if you choose to go wireless.

The box features a microUSB port, a full-sized USB port, a microSD card slot, HDMI port, AV port, power jack, and power button.

GeekBuying sells the UG008 for $68, but you can also find it at AliExpresss, where it sells for about $60 and up (although not all sellers offer free shipping).

via GeekBuying blog

  • nards barley

    It is nice having an alternative display port since HDMI connectivity can be hit or miss depending on your tv, the length of your hdmi cable etc. I finally was able to use the hdmi connector on my Foxconn windows 8 mini pc after buying a shorter hdmi cable. Hwwever, with the Android MK808 device, I have to use a powered hdmi splitter or hdmi to vga converter in order to see the display on my TVs.

    Now, I want to see one of these with a quad-core, a DVI or VGA jack, and an audio- out port.

  • http://twitter.com/dlundh Daniel Lundh

    Why do the insist on having Android on the mini PCs? Linux would be just fine and would definately trigger my buy finger.

    • QuanahHarjo

      I think it’s because Linux support for most of these SOCs kind of stinks, thanks to the lack of manufacturer documentation. Most Linux for these sticks don’t support the video hardware fully. I’m really hoping to see something in this form factor based around a Freescale quad-core eventually, as they go out of their way to include Linux support.

      • http://twitter.com/dlundh Daniel Lundh

        Video does nothing for me. :) I want to run them as small, dedicated web servers.

      • QuanahHarjo

        Maybe not, but I figure most purchasers wouldn’t be enthralled with buying a computer that didn’t fully work :) You may have seen posts on Liliputing about a Linux build for the Zealz GK802 Android stick computer. The manufacturer itself is helping with the build, so it’s the best bet for a tiny cheap-o Linux computer at the moment…I just wish it had all the bells and whistles of the UG008′s tiny-set-top form factor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.chudzinski1 Eric Chudzinski

    The main reason I am looking for Android on a mini PC vs Linux boils down to one word: Netflix. I’m currently using a Boxee Box, mostly to play files from a passport hard drive, but the one app we could not do without is Netflix and Linux just doesn’t have it.

    The Boxee is getting a bit old, so Netflix is a huge consideration in choosing an eventual replacement.

    Also love the RJ45 input. A must have. My home is wired for it and it’s much easier to plug in than rely on wifi.

    • http://twitter.com/dlundh Daniel Lundh

      Get a Roku. It’s really small, inexpensive, has agreat remote and Netflix support is top notch. And the Roku XS has RJ45 (that’s what I use).

    • Sami

      Roku’s Netflix picture quality playback is superior compared to android TV stick. I have both and use Roku when using Netflix.

  • strider_mt2k

    A dedicated Wifi antenna done in what appears to be a fairly standard way?
    It’s so crazy it just might work!
    -and Ethernet too?
    Man, if I didn’t have an Ouya console on the way I’d be all over this.
    In fact, depending on Ouya’s Wifi performance I’m planning on an extremely similar looking external Wifi antenna mod for it!

  • KnigKnog

    All too often, the Ethernet ports on these ARM-based devices runs off the USB bus, which puts serious limitations on its performance (both network throughput AND the overall USB bus). Notice how there’s no spec (10/100/1000?) on the Ethernet speed, ANYWHERE to be found (I challenge you to find it). There’s certainly no mention of the Ethernet chipset used. You’d think in an HTPC market where network speed is a concern, they’d list any and all FAVORABLE specs. While I like all this package has to offer, I’m willing to bet it’s no different than the others in this respect.

  • http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com Roger Jennings

    I regularly use my UG007, the UG008′s predecessor, to watch and time-shift Netflix as well as off-air MPEG-2 content. A repeater solved my problems with occasional WiFi drop-outs in our living room, which I suspect were due to an inefficient antenna. For more, very detailed info on my UG007 experiences, see my http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/first-look-at-cozyswan-ug007-android-41.html blog post.

  • http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com Roger Jennings

    I would have preferred a UG007 with a telescopic antenna and type F connector
    for an off-air ATSC tuner feature, instead of WiFi, with capabilities similar to
    the PCTV80e or its Hauppauge equivalents.

    I’m surprised the Chinese MiniPC producers don’t offer such a combination now. For more details about MiniPCs with off-air NTSC and DVB-T tuners, see http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/first-look-at-cozyswan-ug007-android-41.html.

  • kvmstuff.com

    UG008 dual-core Android mini PC has a Rockchip RK3066 dual core processor and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is something good for the Android users.