Beelink i68 Rockchip RK3368 TV Box Unboxing and Teardown
Rockchip RK3368 started shipping last month, and thanks to GearBest, I’ve received my first 64-bit ARM TV Box with Beelink iONE i68. Today, I’ll take a few pictures of the device and the board, and will follow up with a full review in a few days.
The box was sent to me via DHL in a cartonboard package various information about the “Smart Android TV Box” such as Android 5.1 operating system, an eight core CPU with G6110 GPU, 4K2K and H.265 support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and eMMC flash.
The package includes the box, a Quick Start Guide in English, and HDMI cable, an IR remote control that requires two AAA batteries, a USB OTG adapter, and a 5V/2A power adapter with US and EU plugs.
An SD card slot, two USB 2.0 host ports and a micro USB OTG port can be found on the side, with the rear panel comes with the following: a power button, the DC jack, another USB 2.0 host port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an optical S/PDIF audio output.
If you prefer watching the unboxing video, here it is…
Time to open the device. First remove the four sticky pads under the case, and untighten the four screws. The enclosure won’t come out yet, and I had to insert a sharp plastic object to pop the top cover out.
There’s just a heatsink for cooling the processor. I’ve removed the three screws that hold the board to the enclosure in order to take out the board, and removed the heatsink.
There’s some thermal paste between the processor and the heatsink, but I have not cleaned it up since I still need to test the box.. a Foresee NCEFES78-08G eMMC 4.51 flash provides 8GB storage, and two Samsung K4B8G1646-MYK0 DDR3L chips gives us 2GB RAM. The WiFi module is the ubiquitous AP6330 for dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Other chips include 53AKXRG3 (not sure what that is), and GL852G USB 2.0 hub. Several unpopulated headers can be found on the board for GPIOs (2x), ADC, UART (2x), and I2C. The board is named: Netxeon RK68_V2.0_20150528.
There’s not much to see on the back of the board, except a sticker confirming the specs with RK3368, AP6330 Wi-Fi module, 2GB RAM and 8GB flash. The cooling solution appears a little odd, as the thermal pad is placed half on a metallic plate and half on the ventilation holes, not sure how efficient that is…
Beelink i68 is available now, and you could consider purchasing it from GearBest for $78.99 with 2GB RAM as shown above, or $71.18 with 1GB RAM, but it can also be found on other retailers such as Amazon US, eBay, GeekBuying, and Aliexpress among others.