Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo Head Unit

Introduction

The Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo is a great choice for your car. It is available as multiple aftermarket options such as OEM style Double DIN and Universal Double DIN.

Packed with 4GB of memory, and 32GB of internal storage, theres plenty of space to install every app you possibly could need.

Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo Pumpkin 8.0 Universal Double DIN
Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo for Vauxhall and Opel Pumpkin 8.0 for Vauxhall / Opel

Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo for BMW Pumpkin 8.0 for BMW
Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo for VW Pumpkin 8.0 for VW

Comparison of Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereos

Feature / ModelUniversal Double DINVauxhall / OpelBMWVW
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
CPU8 Cores8 Cores8 Cores8 Cores
Memory4GB4GB4GB4GB
Storage32GB32GB32GB32GB
Display Resolution1024 x 6001024 x 6001024 x 6001024 x 600
Max SD / USB Storage64GB128GB128GB128GB
Wireless / BluetoothYesYesYesYes

Key Features

The latest range comes with 4GB of memory, you’ll be able to run more apps side by side achieving a better multitasking experience. Less app crashes and unexpected quits. Alongside this, there is a massive 32GB of internal storage on the device. you can now install many more apps without running into space issues. Don’t forget you can always add more storage by the means of a SD card or a USB stick. Adding to the amazing storage and memory – you get a whopping 8 cpu cores available, making the latest Pumpkin range very fast indeed.

As with most Android car stereos, you get the standard 1024 x 600 pixel resolution which is very usable even today. We would certainly like to see higher resolutions soon though.

This car stereo also comes with some amazing connectivity such as Wireless, Bluetooth, and Optional 4G. There is a massive amount of input and outputs available such as subwoofer, RCA’s, Video in and out, and a whole bunch more – see the Full Features Section below.

Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo Full Specification

I have listed the full features below of the Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo in a table that span the multiple model types.

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
Fitment TypeUniversal Double DIN / OEM Style Double DIN
CPU8 core Processor
Memory4GB
Internal Storage32GB
Display1024 x 600 pixels, Capacitive Touch (5 point), 7 inch
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wireless
PortsUSB, SD Card Slot
Wired ConnectivityGPS Antenna, Wireless Antenna, AUX input, Subwoofer Out (Mono) (with separate control), Reversing Camera Input, Front DVR Camera Input (USB)
Standard FeaturesFM, AM, RDS, DAB (Optional), GPS, Handsfree, Bluetooth Streaming, Offline Maps (SD Card Recommended), MirrorLink
Special FeaturesFastboot (1 second)*, Play YouTube and other videos to external screens such as your headrests, RGB Buttons (Match your dash lights), Steering Wheel Control (Resistive Type)
Power4 x 50W (Max)
Recommended AppsNavigation: Waze, Google Maps, Sygic,
Music: Spotify, Deezer, SoundCloud, MixCloud, TuneIn
Diagnostics: Torque
Optional ExtrasAndroidAuto
OBD2
Reversing Camera
Front DVR Camera (USB)
3G / 4G
DAB
SD Card
USB Sticks
External Screens (4K)
*Fastboot – This feature is a feature that puts the stereo to sleep when you switch the ignition off on your car. The stereo will sleep for a pre defined amount of time that you set in the settings of the device. If you leave your car for longer than this time, the device will boot normally from cold much longer. (typically 30-45 seconds or so)

Expand

There are so many options for expanding the Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo, such as OBD2 and 4G. We have highlighted some below.

Android Auto

You can upgrade your Pumpkin to have AndroidAuto so you can Mirror your phones display and touch input to your car stereo’s display. This native device from Pumpkin gives a seamless integration with your device and is fully plug and play.

OBD2

Most modern cars since the turn of the century have a diagnostics port that is OBD2 compatible. You can tap into this very useful information by the means of a bluetooth or Wi-Fi dongle. Simply launch torque on your car stereo and read the diagnostics on your car. You can even add gauges such as RPM, BHP, Torque, engine temp and much more using these devices.

Reversing Camera

Why not add a reversing camera as well? You can wire the trigger so that when you put your car into reverse, the display on your Pumpkin will automatically switch over to the camera input from the rear of your car.

Front DVR Camera

The Pumpkin allows you to record your journey as well, this adds valuable evidence if its required. Giving you complete peace of mind in the event of any accident or incident.

3G/4G

There are so many options for 3G and 4G connectivity for any Android Car Stereo. In the case of the Pumpkin, this is also true. You may find that tethering to your phone is enough for daily use, but it can eat through data if you’re not careful. Having a Pay as you go Sim and hotspot is a must especially if you’re going on long journeys while the kids are watching youtube! We will get a list of recommended 3G and 4G hotspots together and link them here soon.

DAB

You can add digital radio to your Pumpkin as well by the use of a DAB receiver. Pumpkin do their own model of this as well. Bringing you CD quality radio with no interruption in broadcast depending on your area. Simply connects via USB into the back of your Android Car stereo and comes with everything you need to get you up and running.

SD Cards

As with most Android car stereos, there is a maximum amount of storage you can use. In the case of the Pumpkin, the maximum is is either 64GB or 128GB on these Pumpkin devices, so its not worth purchasing any SD cards that are larger than this (See comparison above). We will get a list of recommended SD cards together and link them here soon.

USB

Also, as with most Android car stereos, you can expand storage by USB as well. We will get a list of recommended USB sticks together and link them here soon.

External Screens

You can add additional displays for your rear passengers to enjoy video while you’re on a long journey. The Pumpkin devices offer Video Out in all their devices allowing this feature while not distracting the driver. Supporting 4K displays (3840 x 2160)

Our Impression

The Pumpkin’s fast boot is very impressive, and you’ll really find this really handy if you’re in and out of your car constantly. Sound Quality is not the best on the market, but if you were to pair this device with some aftermarket amplifiers and a sub, it will sound epic. Radio reception is great and shows RDS information perfectly. If you have a great data plan, use apps such as TuneIn, then theres no need to purchase a DAB adapter either.

Bluetooth works perfectly – paired with an iPhone and was able to make and receive calls with no issues whatsoever. Was also able to stream music from Apple Music with no issues either.

When fitting the device, try to be very tidy with your cabling as behind the device can get quite tight on some cars. Especially if you but the optional extras like the DAB adapter for example. Choose carefully where you place your Wireless and GPS receiver aerials, get them as high as you can in your car so that you get a better signal.

If you can afford it, always get an aftermarket car stereo professionally installed. They are very experienced and usually have additional speciality tools available to do such work.

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Conclusion

For the price, its hard to beat the Pumpkin Android 8.0 Car Stereo for a fully loaded system such as this. The Pumpkin has massive specs, and would rival some older desktop PC’s. If you want to update your car entertainment – this is surely the way to go. The system specs are probably more than enough for any car audio enthusiast. Great work Pumpkin!

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