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Rockchip RK3288 based Android Mini PCs and TV Boxes Are Starting to Show Up (Wholesale)

Rockchip RK3288 based devices should be available soon. At the end of last month, I read Pipo was about to introduce RK3288 Tablets at the Hong Kong electronics fair this month, and yesterday I’ve been informed some RK3288 mini PCs and TV Boxes had started to appear on Alibaba.

RK3288 HDMI TV Dongle (D368)

RK3288_mini-pcD368 mini PC is said to come with the following specs according to a product page on Alibaba:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T7xx 3D GPU (OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0,and OpenCL 1.1)
  • System Memory - 2GB DDR3  (Optional:1GB)
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash (Options: 4GB and 16GB), micro SD card (up to 32GB)
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4a (Resolution 4K and 1080p60 support)
  • Connectivity – Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac, optional Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Video Codecs
    • Decode – H.265, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4,H.263, H.264, AVS, VC-1, RV, VP6/VP8, Sorenson Spark, MVC
    • Encode – H.264, H.265,VP8, MVC(1080P)
    • Max H.264/H.265 datarate – 60 Mbps
  • Audio Formats -  MP1,MP2,MP3,WMA,WAV,OGG,OGA,APE,FLAC,AAC,M4A,3GPP…etc
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB for power.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB
  • Certification – CCC, CE, EMC, FCC, Wi-Fi
  • Dimension – 110 x 40 x 12.9 mm

The dongle comes with a USB cable, an HDMI cable, a power adapter and a user’s manual by default. Options include a Y-type USB cable, a USB to Ethernet cable, an IR remote with an IR receiver (USB), and/or a 2.4GHz RF air mouse. There’s no price available yet.

RK3288 Android TV Box (B368)

RK3288_Android_TV_BoxB368 Android TV Box has the following specs, against according to its page on Alibaba:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T7xx 3D GPU (OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0,and OpenCL 1.1)
  • System Memory - 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash, micro SD card (up to 32GB)
  • Output – HDMI 1.4a (Resolution 4K and 1080p60 support), AV (CVBS) via 3.5mm jack
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV jack, 1x optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac with external Wi-Fi antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Video Codecs
    • Decode – H.265, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4,H.263, H.264, AVS, VC-1, RV, VP6/VP8, Sorenson Spark, MVC
    • Encode – H.264, H.265,VP8, MVC(1080P)
    • Max H.264/H.265 datarate – 60 Mbps
  • Audio Formats -  MP1,MP2,MP3,WMA,WAV,OGG,OGA,APE,FLAC,AAC,M4A,3GPP…etc
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB  OTG port.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB
  • Certification – CCC, CE, EMC, FCC, Wi-Fi
  • Dimension – 142.3 x 108.6 x 21mm

The specs are basically the same as the HDMI TV dongle, expect for the addition of AV output, optical S/PDIF, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as the different dimensions. Both products are listed by the same company (Shenzhen Tena Electronics), and will run Android 4.4 Kitkat.

This Android TV box comes with an HDMI cable, a composite + stereo cable, an IR remote, a power adapter and a user’s manual by default. Options include an RF air mouse or an RF mouse and keyboard. There’s no price available yet, but AndroidPC.es recently wrote about G20, another upcoming RK3288 TV Box, running Aliyun OS, that should be available soon for 598 CNY, or about $97, in China. This price apparently includes a Wii-like remote. We’ll have to see how the market evolve, but it appears AMLogic S802 (4x A9 + Mali-450) and Rockchip RK3288 (4x A17 + Mali-T764) devices may have similar pricing.

ARM announced the first Cortex A17 based devices should become available in Q1 2015, but products based on Rockchip RK3288 may be available in a few weeks or a couple of months, so I wonder if we could end up with two kinds of RK3288, one with Cortex A12, and the other Cortex A17, as both cores are pretty similar.

Thanks to csgabe for the tip.

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  1. m][sko
    April 9th, 2014 at 14:47 | #1

    OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL
    hmmm interesting

  2. natsu
    April 9th, 2014 at 17:11 | #2

    finally, I was waiting for this one, with no information on the allwinner A80, I think that the RK3288 will be a lot better from perf/watt ratio perspective

  3. Marius
    April 9th, 2014 at 19:35 | #3

    @natsu
    Yeah but Allwinner have those nice fex files that allow your device with any kernel for that SOC and it’s something I value very much. Let’s also not forget the Sunxi community.
    Still I guess it will still be a while before A80 devices become available.

  4. bruce wayne (the other one)
    April 9th, 2014 at 20:19 | #4

    @Marius
    except A80 is PowerVR based,
    so sunxi is less enthusiastic about it (compare support of A20 vs A31)

  5. April 9th, 2014 at 20:37 | #5

    encode H.265 ?

  6. natsu
    April 9th, 2014 at 20:44 | #6

    @SQ7MRU, Paweł
    too good to be true be true lol
    I think is a typo

  7. Galll0s
  8. natsu
    April 9th, 2014 at 21:17 | #8

    SQ7MRU, Paweł :
    encode H.265 ?

    indeed if is it true, it would be interesting, I don’t know if they are any encoding Hardware Based Apps, or at least using OpenMax library, that will be awsome to record media from IPTV for example and Transcoded in the fly to HEVC :D

  9. eebrah
    April 9th, 2014 at 22:35 | #9

    I’m in the market for another MiniPC … not sure I can wait for these to become widely available, cheap and hacked but when they are ….. till then something with RK3188 will have to do

  10. Paul
    April 10th, 2014 at 01:56 | #10

    @eebrah check the ugoos ut1 or ut2 both with aluminum casing 3188 2GB ram ut2 has 32 gb flash as DEFAULT STORAGE for approx 100usd i think. Search for it, found ut1 on eBay and flushed with wasser rom 1.2.5 kit kat, and have seen ut2 on Ali and geek buying they both have remote control app to dl from home screen via qrc to turn cell phone into remote /key board!!!

  11. Javi
    April 10th, 2014 at 18:15 | #11

    This is not real. Just a picture of the Ugoos UM2 and specifications. (Confirmed by Ugoos)

    The normal is the RK3288 will not be sold until at least 1 month.

  12. April 19th, 2014 at 15:28 | #12

    Somebody is already taking pre-orders on Aliexpress. The RK3288 box is called GK388.
    This seller has zero feedback, so be careful.
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/GK388-Android-4-4-RK3288-Quad-Core-CortexA17-1-8GHz-TV-BOX-2G-8G-Bluetooth-2/1807945424.html

  13. Gabe
  14. June 24th, 2014 at 14:56 | #14

    Kingnovel K-R68 is another one (2GB RAM/8GB flash, GbE/Wi-Fi 802.11ac, HDMI and AV out). No link for now, I’ve just been contacted by the company.

  15. June 25th, 2014 at 09:35 | #15

    @cnxsoft
    But I’ve just learned mass production will be finished at the end of July…

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