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New Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC

Updated on July 29, 2013

Introducing the new Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC

The next generation of Android Mini PC has arrived. First it was the UG802. And then came the MK808. Now, Smallart, the developer of the Uhost Android Mini PC has announced the soon to be available, Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC.

(Update Nov 2012) The Uhost2 has been released and is available for sale from selected retailers online.

Like the UG802 and MK808, the Uhost2 will be based on the dual core Cortex A9 Rockchip RK3066 chipset with Mali-400MP4 GPU. The RK3066 has proven to be a fast performer delivering Samsung Galaxy S2 class performance.

The Uhost came off as a device with a well thought of design that came with additional features that brought value and not just as bullet points in a feature list.

So what are the new features that the new Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC that distinguishes it from the rest of the crowd?

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Uhost 2 Dual Core Android TV Box Mini PC RK3066 Cortex-A9 1GB RAM 4G ROM

This is the basic Uhost2 model without Bluetooth and the optional controller.

Uhost2 Android Mini PC
Uhost2 Android Mini PC

Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC Specifications

I have already revealed that the Uhost2 is based on the Rockchip RK3066 chipset but you may be interested to know that the CPU will be running at the full 1.6 GHz that the RK3066 is capable of.

(Update Nov 2012) According to the final released specs, the Uhost2 is clocked at 1.4 GHz and not 1.6 GHz. This is still faster than any other RK3066 based Android dongle running on the stock ROM.

System memory remains at 1GB DDR3 but the built-in memory is available at 4, 8, 16 or even 32GB sizes. These are the options that Smallart is offering to the resellers but it is unknown at this point if any of the resellers will be offering the higher memory options to their customers. Users still has the option to increase storage memory via a TF card slot that supports Micro SD cards up to 32GB size.

Network connection is via Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n. Perhaps of interest to a lot of people is that Bluetooth is an option. Smallart is offering a version with Bluetooth but it is up to the retailers to decide if they want to order the version with Bluetooth or not.

The Uhost2 will come with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) just like its predecessor but there is an option to upgrade it to Android 4.1 (Jellybean) in the future.

As for the I/O ports, the Uhost2 will come with 2 full sized USB 2.0 ports and a micro USB port. The micro USB port will be used for charging and a micro USB cable plus a 5V 2A power adapter will be included.

The extra USB port comes in handy when connecting to USB devices as you can now connect to 2 devices without the need for a USB hub.

The Uhost2 has abandoned the built-in HDMI connector on the Uhost and replaced it with a female HDMI 1.4 socket. A HDMI cable will be included with the unit.

Last but not least, the U key has been retained on the Uhost2. Pressing the U key activates the Udisk mode which allows the Uhost2 to be used as a USB storage drive. The Udisk function makes it a little easier to transfer files to the Uhost2 built in storage or SD card storage.

Overall the design seems to be sleeker with the ports and buttons all moved to the ends of the device. There are no other button, port or ventilation holes on any of the other surfaces except for a single power led on the top of the unit. In my opinion, the Uhost2 looks really classy.

There is also an update to the optional air mouse remote control now known as the Umouse2. The built in mic has been moved from the device itself to the air mouse controller.

In my review of the Uhost, I mentioned that the built-in mic was not sensitive enough for certain applications as the mic is located too far away from the usual couch bound user.

By transferring the mic to the Umouse2, this is no longer a problem. However, this also means that if you did not purchase the optional air mouse, there is no built in mic and you need to rely on a USB mic as the 3.5mm mic input port seems to have been removed as well.

As for the buttons on the air mouse controller, there are only 9 buttons but all the essential ones for the Android user interface are there including the search, back, menu and home button.

There is also a mic toggle button to toggle the mic and a power toggle button to turn the Uhost2 on and off.

I believe that the Uhost2 will be the first and only Android Mini PC device to offer the functionality of powering the device on and off remotely from a controller if this is true.

All the other models that have tested so far only supports powering off with a software button at most but there is no way to power it back on again using a controller. The only way to switch the unit back on is to disconnect and reconnect the power.

Uhost2 (Probox2) Android Mini PC Review

Read my hands on review of the Uhost2 (Probox2) Dual Core Rockchip RK3066 Android Mini PC and the motion controlled Umouse2 controller.

Best deals on USB wireless keyboard combos that work with the Uhost2

An ideal accessory to add to an Android Mini PC is a wireless keyboard which allows you to control the Uhost2 from a distance. While the Uhost2 has an air mouse controller as an optional accessory, if you plan to browse the web a lot, it might be a good idea to get a controller with a full QWERTY keyboard as keying in text using the air mouse controller is a slow and tedious process.

Best Mini Wireless Keyboards for Android Mini PC
Check out my review of the range of Rii, iPazzPort and FAVI mini wireless keyboards that work great with the Android TV dongle devices.

Portable USB 2.4GHz Wireless Air Fly Mouse Multi Keyboard for PC (Black)

This keyboard is an air mouse type keyboard that allows you to control the Uhost2 like a Wii remote. If you are using the Uhost2 in the living room on the TV, this keyboard will let you control from the comfort of your sofa. Air mouse type keyboards are very popular among Android Mini PC users.

Unisen iPazzPort KP-810-18R Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad with Learning Infrared (IR) Remote Control 2.4G RF Google TV Compatible

Another great mini wireless keyboard for use with the Uhost2. This Unisen iPazzPort KP-810-18R has a touch pad control. On one side of the keyboard is a full 82 key QWERTY keyboard with back light. On the other is a learning IR remote for 2 devices.

Measy Wireless 2.4G Bidirectional Voice Keyboard and Remote Control RC13
Measy Wireless 2.4G Bidirectional Voice Keyboard and Remote Control RC13

This is currently the most popular wireless keyboard for the Android Mini PCs. The RC13 features a built in microphone and speakers.

 
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad, Black
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad, Black

Full sized wireless keyboard with track pad combo. This is currently my full sized keyboard of choice to be paired with my many Android Mini PC devices.

 
Mele Fly Sky remote control with wireless keyboard 2.4 GHz
Mele Fly Sky remote control with wireless keyboard 2.4 GHz

Another great air mouse option is the Mele Fly Sky air mouse. This one has a remote control like button on one side and a full QWERTY keyboard on the other side. Recommended.

 
Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard N5901
Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard N5901

Another popular mini wireless keyboard but this one comes with a trackball instead.

 

Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC Benchmark Scores

Below are screenshots of benchmarks supplied by Smallart for the Uhost2.

Antutu benchmark score

Linpark multi thread benchmark score

Linpark singlei thread benchmark score

Nenamark2 benchmark score

Neocore benchmark score

Vellamo benchmark score

Uhost2 Dual Core Android Mini PC Availability

Smallart has indicated that the Uhost2 will be available for sale by the end of October.

(Update Nov 2012)The Uhost2 and Umouse2 have both been released and is available for sale from many retailers including Amazon.

Uhost 2 Dual Core Android TV Box Mini PC RK3066 Cortex-A9 1GB RAM 4G ROM

This is the basic Uhost2 model without Bluetooth and the optional controller.

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      andropos 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I also use the Uhost2 and have 0 problems with Wifi connection. What often is the problem to unstable wifi connction is security settings on your router. Try to disable any security to test if it will impove your connection and then test different setting to get the optimal setup.

      You can see more info about this Uhost2 in dedicated forum over at tabletrepublic, good luck.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I did read about users having problems with the WiFi but I did not experience this problem personally. No problems with the speed either.

      There is a new firmware that has just been released. http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?shareid=183194&...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I also purchased the UHost2. I like it but am very disappointed by the Wifi connectivity. It often doesn't want to connect at all, and if it does the speed is very low. Hopefuly there will be a firmware update soon that fixes this, otherwise i will have to buy an Ethernet dongle + USB hub which increases the cost significantly...

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the feedback.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @andropos: Hi Andropos, I received my Minix NEO G4 from geekbuying a few days ago and I posted a screenshot of 150 Mbps from the G4 in your forum at your request. You'll notice that the wifi network in that picture has my last name on it so it is not just a picture I pulled from the Internet. It definately was not fake; I would not even know how. I am just an ordinary consumer and have no reason to lie. But I am only ONE of SEVERAL independent reviews that have reported the 150Mbps. My router is about 100 feet from my G4 and there are two walls in between. I've been watching it for a few days now so it is far from optimal. Most of the time when it first connects it shows 150 Mbps. After a short period it usually drops down to 72 Mbps and I have never seen it go back up to the faster speed but it stays rock solid at that speed and it has never dropped. Most of the time it is showing 2 bars and very occassionally 3 and in the settings it shows a "good" connection. My Roku box is about 4" from my G4 and it DOES occassionally drop its wifi connection although it only happens about once per week. Next week I will be taking my G4 to my other home and testing it there. In that location it will be about 24" from the N router and I will update.

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      andropos 4 years ago

      @royyap: Till i have a real proof of the 100Mbps speed support i cant confirm it.

      A screenshot is easy to fake.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @andropos: You mean the speed? Why do you think its fake?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @andropos: Several reviewers are reporting 150 Mbps on the NEO G4.

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      andropos 4 years ago

      @royyap: Yes, i got max 62Mbps, Smallart confirmed max 72Mbps. Till today, i have not found a single TV stick that supports 100Mbps.

      You can also find more info in the comparison i made in forums.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @andropos: Hi andropos. Did you check the connection's maximum speed? Can it reach wireless n speeds?

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      andropos 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have used Uhost2 for 2 weeks now and didnthave a single wifi drop. Facebook page does not mean they will be able to puch stable firmware updates. Yes you can buy Umouse2 seperatly?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I haven't tested the Uhost2 yet so I cannot comment on the WiFi connectivity. The Neo G4 is my current favorite RK3066 device right now and I am using it most of the time. There are a couple of upcoming devices that I will be reviewing soon that you might be interested in but I cannot reveal much right now.

      I am not sure if you can buy the Umouse2 separately but I'll check out for you and put it in my Uhost2 review.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello! I am stuck between the Uhost2 and the NEO G4. My main concern is that the Uhost 2 has a bad WI-FI signal and drops out. I know that the NEO G4 has good WI-FI (and also facebook support, which makes it stand out from other chineese companies). So I am really torn between the two. I would like bluetooth in my device though. Will you be able to buy the Umouse2 seperatly?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I could if I had the Uhost2 right now but I don't. I am still waiting for Smallart to send me the review unit with the remote. As excited as I am about the Uhost2, without the Umouse2, I think it would be hard to distinguish the Uhost2 from the rest of the RK3066 based models. Meanwhile, why don't you check out my just published review of the Minix Neo G4? It is also RK3066 based with none of the issues found on the MK808 and UG802.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure wish you would forget about the umouse for now and go ahead and write the Uhost2 review without it. You can always update the review later when the mouse finally arrives. In the meantime, many of us already own existing fly mice and would like to here more about this Mini PC. There are a lot of questions that can be answered without the mouse: Does it run cool? Does it stretch the screen like the MK808? Are the audio and video in sync as some have reported on the MK808? Do games run smoothly or do they do annoying things like flash black screens? Does it have any other nasty flaws? Additionally, there are some questions that can be answered better without the Umouse: Does it work well with third party air mice? Can third party mice trigger the on/off functions? Is there a compelling reason to operate this computer with the UMouse or is a product like the Measy RC13 which, like the Umouse has an integrated speaker and microphone, a good or better substitute. There is a dearth of information on this product. Please fill the void!.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For theose interested i have received one sample unit from Smallart and writing a full hands-on review here:

      tabletrepublicDOTcom/forum/latest-tablet-news/uhost2-hands-review-finally-3127.html

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, these android mini PCs are very interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      info regarding availability in India ? Please send me at mr_debashis@rediffmail.com.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Please get in touch with Smallart. Website and email address is at http://www.squidoo.com/uhost-android-mini-pc-revie... Thanks.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Smallart will be releasing the Umouse2 this weekend so I'm waiting for that to do a review of both working together. Based on the original Uhost, I have high expectations for the Uhost2.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is definitively a very promising new device..Can't wait for some good reviews. I'm sure MaxPowers at minipcforums should have a video review any day now

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Smallart has just launched the Uhost2 last week. You should be seeing it on sale at places like Amazon and Aliexpress soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      From where can I get this device?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe that Smallart manufactures them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had got one from original facotry, Eny Technology Co.,Ltd.

      Performance is great. Still test more

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Peter. I am not a reseller. I just write the review. You can check with Smallart directly. The contact details are in the article itself.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Roy what is the final price incl. remote controler + shipping to Slovakia. Pls let me know.

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      albinozebra lm 4 years ago

      This is a really cool looking device, can't wait to see the review

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I look forward to your video review.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks awesome! The remote with mic will be awesome and built in Bluetooth is much needed too. I'll buy one and do a review video on my youtube channel somecooltech1 ASAP. Thanks again for the review.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very good device

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      WNJ631 LM 4 years ago

      Looks pretty darn amazin'

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: XBMC on the Android is still work in progress and frankly progress has been slow. One of the problems is the lack of hardware video decoding and the current workaround is to use an external video player which is not as clean as a native player. If your main purpose is to use it as a media player, my advice is to stick to a dedicated player.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Could you give an impression of how XBMC performs? I'm interested in using the UHost replace my Boxee Box. Right now I play a good amount of my media over my network from my NAS. But I'll use this for Netflix and Google Play as well.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Looks very nice, indeed!

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I got my info from Smallart but I do not know who actually makes them. I presume it could be Smallart themselves or they could outsource the manufacturing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is that make in Eny Technology Factory?