The Mini X is a palm-sized device which is marketed as a set-top-box running a custom version of Google Android 2.3.4. You can hook it up to a TV to stream music or movies over the internet, surf the web, or perform other activities.

But like the MK802, Mele A1000 and a growing number of miniature devices with ARM-based processors, the Mini X is basically a small PC that just happens to be sold as a media player.

And you can pick one up for $77.50 from DealExtreme.

Mini X

For that price you get a Mini X with an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. The device runs Google Android 2.3 and has a custom user interface designed for use with an IR remote control — which also comes in the package.

The Mini X features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and has 2 USB ports, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI port. It can handle 1080p HD video playback in a variety of formats.

The little device measures just 2.8″ x 2.4″ x 0.5″ and weighs 1.8 ounces.

While the box is designed to run Google Android, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s also capable of running Ubuntu or other Linux-based operating systems. We’ve seen Ubuntu ported to other devices with Allwinner A10 chips in the past.

viaCNX-Software and Lowyat forum (for the blurry demo video)

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12 replies on “Mini X is a $78 Android 2.3 TV companion with Allwinner A10 CPU”

  1. Anyone know if it’s possible to install new apps? I suppose copying the apk on a sd card would do the trick. Also, I have a wi-fi connected NAS, so I would need some kind of connexion. 

  2. It is strange. Allwinner A10 based stuff normally come out with ICS nowadays.

    Gadget sites could start working on comparison articles of A10 companion devices  – there are so many on the market now.

    Personally, I think the Mele A1000 is a better choice since that can accept a 2.5″ hard drive and has more ports.

  3. Agreed – Need ICS for this. If I’m going to plug a keyboard and mouse, I need ICS to do this. Will also fancy connecting a Camera to this and using the TV as a Video Comm Station for my mother to contact her relatives.

  4. I don’t know about these small and palm sized Android media devices coming out lately. I’d rather spend the extra money and get an x86 based device for an HTPC unless you don’t value your time much, find fiddling with these fun or really don’t have much space.

    1. Android is great for media players, entertainment, and most other uses. I hardly use my windows laptop now that I have a 4.0 Android Tablet..

  5. Can’t find any specs on this.  Is it only 1080P output?  My set is 780P

  6. I would buy this but I need ICS. I can’t buy a device like this if there won’t be any support after my purchase. 

  7. Really? 2.3? If you are going to come with it and join the party of other plug and play on your TV devices running android can you please come out for real and have ICS running on it?

    1. DealExtreme sells many models similar to this with 4.0 Android on them. Some people think that 2.3 plays video files better, but I can’t confirm this.

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