Mele goes quad-core with Mele A1000G Android TV box

The Mele A1000 hit the streets over a year ago as one of the first Android-powered set-top-boxes designed to turn your TV into an Android media center. It also happened to be one of the first devices of its type to sport an Allwinner A10 processor and hackers quickly figured out how to run Linux on the inexpensive device.

Since then we’ve seen plenty of Android TV boxes with faster processors, more memory, and other improvements, but the Mele A1000 still has more input and output options than most products in its class.

Now Mele is offering a new model with a faster processor and more storage and memory.

Mele A1000G

The new model is called the Mele A1000G, and it features an Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.

For comparison, the original Mele A1000 had a single core ARM Cortex-A8 chip, 512MB of memory, and just 2GB of storage.

Like its predecessor, the Mele A1000G features a range of connectivity options and input and output ports, including 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI, S/PDIF, 3 full-sized USB 2.0 ports, and a microUSB port.

It looks like Mele has dropped the VGA ports and composite and component video ports though, focusing on HDMI for video output.

The Mele A1000G is available for pre-order from the Mele store at Ali-Express. It sells for $120 plus shipping from China, and it’s expected to be available in May.

Interestingly, another device called the Mele A1000G has been available since November. But while that model has more memory and storage than the original, it  still has an Allwinner A10 processor.

According to CNX-Software, Mele is also working on a model with an Allwinner A20 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage.

  • brian

    With a PowerVR gpu don’t expect this to go anywhere in the traditional open source front. Perhaps with the work done with wayland being able to leverage native android gpu drivers, perhaps maybe.

    • sola

      Definitely. We need Wayland to follow the path of Mir/Canonical and become able to run on top of Android OpenGL/ES drivers.

      Even if a bit less open, Ubuntu is still free & open source. Mir will work on top of Android drivers so it will be able to use this hardware.

  • Eric

    Sounds awesome.

  • sola

    This looks like good hardware.

  • A Guy

    Are there any ARM based devices with two Gigabit Ethernet jacks?

  • bleh

    What sort of SATA support does this have?

  • Tan Nguyen

    Any hands on reviews coming up? Wondering if it will run xbmc.

  • Rinat

    My MeLE A1000G QUAD is completely unstable.
    During the first hour of use revealed an inherent bugs. Device hangs and reboots spontaneously. Error messages arising that the application is not responding after each mouse click. LAN port does not work. The new firmware 1.2.5 & 1.2.7 does not solve the problem. The seller refused to bear the shipping fee of return which is expensive. The claim has been resolved, and AliExpress has made a full refund to me with no returning goods.

  • Polo

    I bought one, it work only for 3 weeks, big problems, unstable, and no support from the company… Stay away from that…

  • Diego Vieira

    Mele Review Products Warning: Do NOT buy their products. Their boxes are full of bugs and they won’t be updating android on it anymore! You have been warned!