MIPS-based Android Handheld Devices

Thread Description
Talk about any Android devices with a MIPS SoC here

Volari

varishangout.com
I've always wondered what happened to them, because it seems like they have completely vanished from the consumer market after 2011. Worse still, not many MIPS-powered Android devices were produced to my knowledge.

So, I thought about listing all known MIPS devices with Android into this thread. If you happen to know any sort of device that is similar, please post it along with their specifications if possible.

Italicized text = Speculated based on device photos and news articles, not confirmed.


Watches

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Left, right & rear
Make & ModelSmartQ, Z Watch Z1
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version4.3 'Jelly Bean' or 4.4 'KitKat' with UI customizations
Display Panel1.54" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4775, [email protected], [email protected]80MHz, 512MB LPDDR1
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, 4.0+BLE, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone ConfigurationN/A, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, 3.5mm TRRS headphone+USB 2.0 combo jack
Battery Capacity300mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight49.9 x 38.5 x 12.2mm, 42.5 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Left
Rear
Make & ModelShanghai Nutshell Electronic, GEAK Watch
AvailabilityChina exclusive, discontinued
Android Version4.1 'Jelly Bean' with UI customizations
Display Panel1.55" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy IPS TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4775, [email protected], [email protected]80MHz, 512MB LPDDR1
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn+NFC, N/A, 4.0+BLE, A-GPS
Radio CapabilitiesStereo FM
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone ConfigurationN/A, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, 3.5mm TRRS headphone+USB 2.0 combo jack
Battery Capacity330mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & WeightUnknown

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front & rear
Left & right
Make & ModelBeijing Tomoon Technology, T-Fire Metal
AvailabilityChina exclusive, discontinued
Android Version4.3 'Jelly Bean' with UI customizations
Display Panel1.73" 16-shade grayscale E-ink touchscreen, 320x240@60Hz, glossy
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4775, [email protected], [email protected]80MHz, 512MB LPDDR1
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, 4.0, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone ConfigurationN/A, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, microUSB 2.0 Type-B port
Battery Capacity270mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight50 x 35.5 x 7.5mm, 37.5 grams

Phones

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front (no other images available)
Rear
Left & right
Make & ModelShenzhen Sanno Mobile Technology, P800 & Z800
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version2.1 'Eclair' or 2.2 'Froyo' with no customizations
Display Panel3.5" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4760B, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 256MB DDR1
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bg, GSM+EDGE, 2.1, A-GPS
Radio CapabilitiesStereo FM
Camera Configuration1 front 0.3MP camera, 1 rear 2MP camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 front speaker, 1 rear speaker, 1 front microphone
Storage & Expansion512MB eMMC, 2x MiniSIM slot, microSDHC slot, microUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity1500mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight115 x 62 x 12.7mm, 119 grams

Tablets

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Rear (blanked serial & barcode)
Quarter right
Quarter left
Make & ModelVelocity Micro, Cruz Tablet T103, T104 & T105
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version2.0 'Eclair' or 2.2 'Froyo' with no customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4760B, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 512MB DDR1
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration2 side speakers, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, SDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack, proprietary dock port, Kensington lock slot
Battery Capacity1800mAh 2-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight191 x 121 x 15.2mm, 454 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Rear (blanked serial & barcode)
Left side
Top
Bottom
Make & ModelVelocity Micro, Cruz Tablet T301
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version2.0 'Eclair' or 2.2 'Froyo' with UI customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4760B, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 256MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration2 side speakers, N/A
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, SDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity1600mAh 2-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight191 x 142 x 15.2mm, 434 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front & rear

Left & quarter left
Make & ModelSkytex, Primer Pocket SX-EB430A
AvailabilityAmerica exclusive, discontinued
Android Version2.2 'Froyo' with no customizations
Display Panel4.3" 6-bit resistive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4760B, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 256MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity1400mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight114.3 x 77 x 11.9mm, 141.7 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front & rear
Left & bottom
Make & ModelShenzhen ICOO Electronics Technology, T22
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version2.2 'Froyo' with UI customizations
Display Panel4.3" 6-bit resistive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMActions ATM7001c, MIPS32 [email protected], Unknown, 256MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bg, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, N/A
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, MiniHDMI-out port, 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack
Battery CapacityUnknown
Dimensions & WeightUnknown

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Rear
Left
Make & ModelShenzhen Rongzhi Electronic Technology, A3
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version2.2 'Froyo' with UI customizations
Display Panel4.3" 6-bit resistive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4760B, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 256MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bg, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, N/A
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRRS Composite-out port, 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity1400mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & WeightUnknown

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front & rear
Left & bottom
Make & ModelShenzhen Gemei Electronic Technology, HD8900 Pro
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version2.2.2 'Froyo' with UI customizations
Display Panel5" 6-bit resistive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMActions ATM7001, MIPS32 [email protected], Unknown, 256MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bg, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, N/A
Storage & Expansion8GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, MiniHDMI-out port, 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack
Battery CapacityUnknown
Dimensions & Weight129 x 86 x 13mm, Unknown

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Rear
Right
Make & ModelTrikyyu LLC, Qoo! q-pad IC0707A
AvailabilityRussia exclusive, discontinued
Android Version4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' with no customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4770, [email protected], Vivante GC860@440MHz, 512MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera Configuration1 front 0.3MP camera, 1 rear 2MP camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion8GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, MiniHDMI-out port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity4000mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight187.5 x 112 x 12mm, 580 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Rear
Quarter left & right
Make & ModelShenzhen Ainol Electronics, Novo 7 Basic, Paladin & Knight
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version3.2 'Honeycomb' or 4.0.3 'Ice Cream Sandwich' with no customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4770, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 512MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera ConfigurationN/A
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, N/A
Storage & Expansion8 or 16GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity4000mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight176 x 110 x 13.2mm, 420 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front
Rear
Quarter left & right
Make & ModelUnknown, Q8 GS701B
AvailabilityInternational, discontinued
Android Version4.0.3 'Ice Cream Sandwich' with no customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMActions ATM7013, MIPS32 [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 512MB DDR3
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera Configuration1 front 0.3MP camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion4GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MicroUSB 2.0 Type-B port, MiniHDMI-out port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity2500mAh 2-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight181 x 121 x 8.9mm, 260 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front (no other images available)
Make & ModelShenzhen Ramos Digital Technology, miumiu W1
AvailabilityChina exclusive, discontinued
Android Version4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich with no customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMActions ATM7019, MIPS32 [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 512MB DDR3
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Radio CapabilitiesUnknown
Camera Configuration1 front 0.3MP camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, Unknown
Storage & Expansion4 or 8GB eMMC, Unknown
Battery CapacityUnknown
Dimensions & WeightUnknown

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front, rear, left & right
Make & ModelKarbonn Mobile, Smart Tab 1
AvailabilityIndia exclusive, discontinued
Android Version4.0.3 'Ice Cream Sandwich' or 4.1 'Jelly Bean' with no customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4770, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 512MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, N/A, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera Configuration1 front 2MP camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion1GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MiniUSB 2.0 Type-B port, MiniHDMI-out port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity3700mAh 2-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight193 x 121 x 8mm, Unknown

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front & rear (barcode isn't blanked since it's too small)
Quarter left & right
Make & ModelPhilips, Tablet 7+ PI3800
AvailabilityChina exclusive, discontinued
Android Version4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' with UI customizations
Display Panel7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy TN TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4770, [email protected], Vivante [email protected], 512MB DDR2
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, 2.1+EDR, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesN/A
Camera Configuration1 front 0.3MP camera, 1 rear 2MP camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration1 rear speaker, 1 side microphone
Storage & Expansion8 or 16GB eMMC, microSDHC slot, MicroUSB 2.0 Type-B port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery Capacity4000 or 6000mAh 1-cell lithium-ion polymer
Dimensions & Weight203.2 x 123.3 x 13.2mm, 365 grams

SpecificationsKnown Details
Device Photos
Front & rear
Left (with flap open)
Right
Make & ModelUnknown, NPM801
AvailabilityLimited giveaway to developers, discontinued
Android Version4.1 or 4.3 'Jelly Bean' or 4.4 'KitKat' with no customizations
Display Panel9.7" 6-bit capacitive touchscreen, [email protected], glossy IPS TFT WLED
SoC, CPU, GPU, & RAMIngenic JZ4780, 2x [email protected], PowerVR [email protected]200MHz, 1GB DDR3
WLAN, WWAN, BT, & GPS802.11bgn, N/A, 4.0, N/A
Radio CapabilitiesUnknown
Camera Configuration1 front camera, 1 rear camera
Speaker & Microphone Configuration2 front speakers, 1 front microphone
Storage & ExpansionUnknown, microSDHC slot, MicroUSB 2.0 Type-B port, MiniHDMI-out port, 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Battery CapacityUnknown
Dimensions & WeightUnknown

Frequently Unasked Questions

Question: You said Android 4.2.1 was the last official version that supported the MIPS ISA; how is a smartwatch and a tablet running 4.4 or 4.3 respectively?
Answer: It's running an unofficial build of 4.4 that has built-in support for MIPS, which is compiled by Imagination, not by Google. Likewise with 4.3.

Question: What is the latest unofficial build of Android that supports the MIPS ISA?
Answer: Android 8.1 'Oreo', but that build is specifically tailored for the Imagination Creator Ci20.

Question: Would it be possible to port the Creator Ci20's system images over to the devices running older versions of Android?
Answer: Yes. It certainly isn't an easy job to do, however. The software drivers in general, will be your biggest roadblock. That and the low-end specifications of most MIPS devices would make this very impractical. It isn't worth it, in my opinion.

Question: Which Android NDK revision should be used to compile programs for MIPS?
Answer: I recommend NDK r17c, as the newer revisions of the Android NDK removed all support for MIPS. This includes MIPS64, but only 1 or 2 Linux handhelds are known to use such a CPU.

Question: What could any of these systems be used for, as you've mentioned that their compatibility is horrid?
Answer: File servers, I suppose. Although, there are many reasons as to why they shouldn't be used. Application compatibility is one of them, but there's more to consider. You see, MIPS is 'dead' as the original company which supported and designed them, has abandoned it to focus on RISC-V's development. This means you won't be getting any information on their security vulnerabilities, apart from the occasional enthusiast who may report them.

Question: Are there any known work-arounds for the aforementioned compatibility problem?
Answer: Yes. The easiest way would be to install MagicCode, which seems to be a static recompiler that converts ARM instructions into MIPS instructions. It isn't guaranteed to work on every single ARM application, though. If possible, stick to applications which support ARMv5TE or ARMv6, as MagicCode has some issues recompiling ARMv7A-only applications. Please note that ARMv8A is not supported by MagicCode, so don't try to push your luck on anything which specifically requires that architecture.
 
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DarkMahesvara

varishangout.com
Interesting thread :nana-thumb: I sadly don't have any knowledge on the topic but maybe it would be nice to have some kind of explanation for the use case and pictures of the devices. How or where did you get that data btw. ?
 

Volari

varishangout.com
it would be nice to have some kind of explanation for the use case and pictures of the devices.
I doubt you can use any of these things without experiencing trouble with application compatibility at this point. They're far too slow, and on top of that, they're utilizing an ISA that isn't officially supported by the Android SDK. Even if you could build an updated Android system image for MIPS, you won't get far as the last Android version that officially supports MIPS is 4.2.1 'Jelly Bean'. I don't even want to begin with the support that it'll be getting either, because most software developers decided to drop MIPS support.

If I can dig out more non-blurry shots of them, I'll add them to the OP. I don't own any of them either, so this might take some time.
How or where did you get that data btw. ?
Old news articles. Fortunately, they're easy to find as most of them were affordable. The images on the other hand, not really...
 
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