Mele I7

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Mele I7
Mele I7.JPG
Manufacturer Mele
Dimensions 158 mm x 104 mm x 38 mm
Release Date July 2014
Website Mele I7 Product Page
SoC A31 @ 1 GHz
DRAM 1GiB DDR3 @ 312 MHz (4x H5TQ2G63DFR-PBC)
Power DC 5V @ 2A
Video HDMI (Type A - full)
Audio 3.5 mm headphone plug, HDMI, SPDIF
Network WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8188ETV), 10/100Mbps Ethernet (Realtek RTL8201CP)
Storage Full-size SD
USB 3 x USB 2.0 Host, 1 x USB 2.0 OTG
Other IRDA
Headers UART

The Mele I7 is an A31 based HTPC housed in the case of the Mele A2000.


On the connector side of the device, the follow text can be read:

  • 迈乐魔盒 (客厅电脑) (meaning "Mele magic box (living room computer)")
  • 型号: I7 (型号 means "model")
  • Designed by mele

In android, under Settings->About Device, you will find:

  • Model Number: MeLE I7
  • Build Number: CHOA-V1.0.3

Sunxi support

Current status

Like all A31 devices, the Mele I7 is not supported by our sunxi u-boot and sunxi kernel, but it is supported by Mainline U-Boot and Mainline Kernel(partly), so we hope to provide an A31 specific Manual build howto soon.




Manual build

Further instructions will be available soon in our A31 Manual build howto.

Mainline kernel

Use the sun6i-a31-i7.dts device-tree file for the mainline kernel.

Mele i7 Fel button Hole.
Mele i7 Fel button.

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

FEL mode

There is a FEL button available through a hole on the bottom of the device that can be used to trigger FEL mode. Connect via the OTG with no power to the board.

Android ADB access

Standard ADB does not work out of the box. You need to add the vendor id 0x18d1 to the adb usb config file. Attach via the OTG connector.

Adding a eMMC/SD slot


As you can see in this pinout, the Mele I7 has a complex-NAND mounter. A typical NAND flash can be soldered on it. You can also solder a SD_SLOT or a eMMC/tSD flash on it.

If you don't want to be trapped on the bad A31 MTD NAND flash driver, you can simply let the NAND out, and solder or wire a eMMC flash on it.

This is a Mele i7 with a Sandisk 4GB eMMC on it. But it won't boot from the eMMC flash.

The BootSelect Jumper is realized by two resistors on the bottom of the PCB which are marked 9R16 and 9R17.


By setting this jumper to one of the following values you can get difference devices to boot:

9R16 9R17 Action
NC NC Boot from NAND
NC 0R Boot from 4-bit eMMC/SD
0R NC Boot from 8-bit eMMC
0R 0R Boot from SPI Flash which is on the north of the A31

Adding a serial port

Mele I7 UART connector

Device disassembly

Unscrew the two screws on the rear of the device and the four screws on the base. The case then slides off.

Locating the UART

The Mele I7 has a 4 pin 2.0 pitch JST-PH connector available for its UART0 port. This is the same as some 90s analog audio cables which ran from a CDROM to the sound card. More information is available at our UART howto.


Also known as

See also

  • Mele M9: A 2GiB RAM 16GiB ROM HTPC from the same company using the same SOC. Comes in a newer style case.
  • Mele A1000G Quad: A 2GiB RAM 16GiB ROM HTPC from the same company using the same SOC.
  • Mele A2000: The original Mele with this case design.

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