The Allwinner H3 is a processor designed to bring 4K video playback to low-cost TV boxes. Allwinner unveiled the chip a few months ago, and now one of the first devices featuring an H3 processor is set to launch soon.

The Tronsmart Draco H3 is a TV stick which is expected to sell for between $30 and $40.

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The folks at Geekbuying snapped a few pictures of the box, which looks a lot like other TV sticks we’ve seen in the past few years, but it’s always nice to see an adjustable, external antenna since it suggests that Tronsmart is at least thinking about WiFi performance.

The key feature of this little box is Allwinner’s ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor with Mali-400MP2 graphics and support for hardware decoding of H.265/HEVC 4K video. At least that’s what Allwinner promises — I’ve had mixed results with 4K video playback on devices with other ARM-based chips which are supposed to support it.

The rest of the specs for the Tronsmart Draco H3 are pretty modest, as you might expect from a device that will sell for $40 or less.

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI connector, a full sized USB 2.0 port, a micro USB OTG port, and a micro USB power port.

There’s also a Fn button which is used when you’re updating the firmware for the TV stick.

 

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9 replies on “Tronsmart Draco H3 is a $40 Android stick with Allwinner H3”

  1. I am hoping raspberry pi 3 will cover 4k video. Broadcom already has 4k decoders and HDMI 2.0. The price just needs to come down. Maybe it will have a15 or a72 cores too (USB3.0 and gigabit ethernet would be good). If they can deliver it for $40 in 2 years that would be great.

  2. I always have a soft spot for these thing but I know if I buy it ill get burned in some way. I canceled my order for an android stick a day ago and ordered a MSI Cubi from newegg. They have all models in stock only in white if you care.

  3. Hm… yet another stick with only a single USB and an OTG micro. What possible use is the OTG port when it isn’t also the charging port? Why not just put two full-sized USB ports on these things? Looks like it’s just wide enough.

    At least the external wi-fi antenna is becoming a more common feature.

      1. That’s exactly what I said it has…

        My question is what do people do with the OTG port other than put a micro-to-full-size adapter into it? Why not just give it one micro for charging and two full-size for peripherals?

  4. It seems like this device has one purpose, 4K video playback. This will be a sluggish Android device with the Mali400 and Arm A7s.

  5. A simple switch/button that needs to be accessed to update firmware. How much trouble could be saved if all modern devices had such rudimentary simplicity.

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