GIADA Q11 Android OS Mini PC Review 7

GIADA Q11 Android OS Mini PC Review

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Giada Q11 Features & Specs
CPUAllwins A10 Cortex-A8 1.0GHz
GraphicsMali-400 MP4 ,support OPEN GL ES2.0
OSAndroid 4.0.4
MemoryDDR3 1GB
Storage Supported

External Storage:
SD up to 32GB
USB sticks and other USB mass storage devices

BUILT-IN Storage:
2.5" SATA HDD (optional)

G- Sensor
Audio Input
Audio Output
Video Output
On-board IR
RTL8201_CP 10/100M

IEEE 802.11/b/g/n + Bluetooth
Ports and
1 x Mini-PCIE
1 x RJ45
1 x MIC in
4 x USB 2.0-Rear;1 x USB 2.0-Front
1 x VGA Port
1 x HDMI Port
1 x COM Port (RX,TX,RTS,CTS)
1 x DC-in Jack (12V)
1 x S/PDIF
1 x 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC)
1 x LVDS (Dual Channel 24Bit,12V)
1 x 2.5”SATA Port
2250 mAh
Standby: 1,5 W / Active: 10 W
Operating Temperature
0 - 40℃
1 Kg (w/o hdd)
190mm(W) x 149mm(D) x 25.5mm(H)
2 years


The single-core CPU of the Q11 is clocked at 1 GHz, which looks rather weak compared to the dual- and quad-core CPUs of current Android devices. Giada was very conservative in this area. They really should use a stronger multi-core CPU. The Mali-400 GPU, on the other hand, still performs decently despite having been around for a while.

The Android OS that the Q11 runs is the 4.0.4 version (Ice Cream Sandwich), and we don't think it will get upgraded to Jelly Bean (4.2) because of the weak CPU and the unit's generally low hardware spec. Also, the unit has, according to Giada, 1 GB of available RAM, but the true value of available RAM is probably closer to 800 MB.

The unit's many I/O ports allow you to connect many storage devices to the Q11. You can also enhance its built-in 8 GB flash memory. The internals house appropriate connectors for a 2.5" HDD or SSD (SATA). The Q11 is, to our surprise, also equipped with a G-sensor (an accelerometer), the usage of which still remains a mystery to us in a mini PC unless you want to throw the Q11 out of a window and acquire detailed information about its fall.

The Q11 is equipped with three video outputs, excluding a DVI one, and features the necessary audio outputs. The networking section has a standard 10/100 Ethernet port and a built-in WiFi and Bluetooth receiver, with an IR one for the remote control. The Q11 does, as you can see, score fairly well in this area.

Strangely enough, Giada decided to equip the Q11 with a battery that will keep it alive when a power disruption occurs. This is a very interesting option and will come in handy in many situations, especially if the mains network in your area is unstable. Finally, the Q11 has very low energy demands, so you can easily leave it on 24/7 (continuously), and its dimensions are very compact. I, while its price tag looks interesting considering its features, especially for the many I/O ports that enhance its usability, do wish it had a stronger CPU.
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