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MXQ 4K RK3229 Android TV Box Sells for $29.99 Shipped

This morning I wrote about Sunchip CX-R9 TV box based on Rorkchip RK3229 that is said to be selling for $32, as long as you buy 1,000 pieces, but the new Rockchip SoC might truly disrupt the low-end market, as MXQ 4K RK3299 TV box has just launched on GeekBuying where it is sold for only $29.99 shipped.

MXQ-4K_H.265_VP9_TV_Box

MXQ-4K specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with  ARM Mali-400MP2
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K2K @ 60 fps, and 3.5mm AV output (composite)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and coaxial S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
MXQ-4KThe device runs Android 4.4 with Kodi 16, and the specs list 10-bit H.264 and H.265, without mention of VP9 (but it should support it up to 4K @ 30 fps), and will ship with an IR remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter and a user’s manual.
MXQ-4K_RK3229_Antutu

With a quad core Cortex A7 processor the device won’t be a top of the benchmark charts, and GeekBuying reports 21,134 points in Antutu 6.0, but if you just want to play 4K videos at 60 fps, or even just 10-bit H.264 (Hi10p) videos, you can certainly not beat the price. I hope to get a sample soon to check it’s actual video playback abilities.

  1. dewettie
    January 15th, 2016 at 22:02 | #1

    Best to avoid MXQ devices.
    For their AMLogic devices there are daily posts in Kodi forum for asking for help with video playback and firmware issues.
    Best to wait until another higher quality manufacturer starts making RK3229 devices.
    If you want support or firmware updates for MXQ devices there is no company you can go to directly for support.
    I also hope this is not the start of another ‘clone wars’ of MXQ devices to flood the market.

  2. onebir
    January 15th, 2016 at 22:05 | #2

    A good entry-level device for people that want to try out Netflix, in countries that just got access?

  3. Gabe
    January 15th, 2016 at 22:14 | #3

    @onebir
    You mean Netflix in SD, right?

  4. Tony
    January 15th, 2016 at 22:49 | #4

    Isn’t this a brand new chip?
    Why are we still seeing Android 4.4.
    Hell shouldnt they be at least 5.1 if not 6!!!

  5. natsu
    January 15th, 2016 at 23:20 | #5

    @Tony
    it uses A7 cores, android lollipop and above is a little too heavy for them :p

  6. Techy
    January 16th, 2016 at 00:59 | #6

    Shame that none of this devices cant bring netflix in hd nor any other streaming service in US at HD quality:/

  7. OK
    January 16th, 2016 at 01:03 | #7

    @Tony

    why do they still use mali 400?

  8. Greg Dalton
    January 16th, 2016 at 01:42 | #8

    H.265 and an AV port for $30?
    Sounds perfect for one of the spare rooms…

  9. Geezer
    January 16th, 2016 at 04:28 | #9

    @Techy
    Ability to run Netflix in HD is not strictly about hardware. You must get the blessing of Netflix who has been very reluctant to endorse Android manufacturers other than a select few. Weitek is one that comes to mind and a few others based on Android TV like Nvidia Shield box.

  10. dewettie
    January 16th, 2016 at 07:05 | #10

    onebir :
    A good entry-level device for people that want to try out Netflix, in countries that just got access?

    I don’t think people in countries other than the US are that much interested in Netflix anymore since they now started to ban VPN usage to access the US content. Other countries only get a third of the US content but have to pay the same price as US users. Local streaming services in other countries will gain much better support. Eg. in my country you get a service that’s a lot cheaper than Netflix and you can use it in HD on any device, it also has download support and more content.

  11. Greg Dalton
    January 16th, 2016 at 07:14 | #11

    VP9 is listed om the Geekbuying page linked…

  12. January 16th, 2016 at 13:33 | #12

    I’ve been told shipping should start on January 27th.

  13. January 16th, 2016 at 13:35 | #13

    @Greg Dalton
    OK. I can see it now. I normally use Ctrl+F to find for text, but VP9 (shown as VP 9) is only displayed in one picture.
    I’m hoping that means YouTube @ 4K will work.

  14. January 19th, 2016 at 03:07 | #14

    @OK

    Ive often wondered the same thing, its like Chinese manufactures refuse to let go of this old ass GPU smh

  15. Tony
    January 19th, 2016 at 12:01 | #15

    Is it easy to rank Chinese ARM SoC manufacturers (Rockchip, AMLogic, AllWinner) in order of best Linux SDK support?

  16. dewettie
    January 19th, 2016 at 13:45 | #16

    Tony :
    Is it easy to rank Chinese ARM SoC manufacturers (Rockchip, AMLogic, AllWinner) in order of best Linux SDK support?

    It’s the same as you ranked.
    Best to avoid Allwinner as their devices has lots of hardware and software issues.
    I’m running Kodi on Linux on Rockchip RK3288 & RK3368 and it works well.
    AMLogic has Openelec support but I haven’t seen any full Linux OS running on their devices.

  17. January 19th, 2016 at 14:02 | #17

    @Tony
    @dewettie
    I’d have a slightly different ranking, placing Amlogic first thanks to Hardkernel ODROID boards and Amlogic actual Linux SDK with proper drivers, Rockchip in second, as few platforms properly support GPU and VPU drivers (done via libhybris I assume), and Allwinner last.

    However, if you are interested in Linux mainline support, and are OK with headless systems, Allwinner is quite good (thanks to sunxi-linux community), followed by Rockchip (the company is directly involved), and Amlogic that only sees limited activity in mainline.

  18. Tony
    January 19th, 2016 at 16:02 | #18

    The C.H.I.P project has selected an AllWinner SoC, so the transition from headless to FULL O/S is coming soon I suppose.

  19. January 19th, 2016 at 18:46 | #19

    @Gadget Friendly

    Yes….that PACKING BOX above seems to be wrong. It states that the device has a Quad core GPU.

    but Mali 400 MP2……contains infact 3 cores. (2 are “fragment” processors and 1 is a “vertex” processor)

    Mail 400 MP4…..contains 5 cores. (4 are fragment(p’s) and 1 is a vertex p.)

    so it’s wrong (according to what google says)

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/ARM-Mali-400-MP4.110719.0.html

  20. Gabe
    January 19th, 2016 at 18:59 | #20

    They seem to reuse packaging, because it really doesn’t matter. The inside counts.

  21. Gabe
    February 2nd, 2016 at 19:50 | #21

    Did anybody get the box?
    How is it?

  22. February 2nd, 2016 at 19:54 | #22

    @Gabe
    I was supposed to get one, but nothing so far, not even a tracking number.

  23. February 8th, 2016 at 17:40 | #23

    Apparently same model, but with a different name: MXQ R9, and price: $38.26 – http://www.aliexpress.com/item/MEMOBOX-MXQ-R9-Android-TV-Box-Quad-Core-RK3229-1G-8G-Smart-TV-Box-KODI-XBMC/32602678805.html

  24. Gabe
  25. natsu
    February 16th, 2016 at 01:45 | #25

    first review of an rk3299 device
    handle very well 4k video at high biterate (the last demo konka [email protected])
    very impressive for a so cheap device
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUsYPhzps1I

  26. natsu
  27. pajaja
    February 17th, 2016 at 17:52 | #27

    @Gabe
    Well, I’m one of the fools, who has got it … totally unusable.
    System hangs very often, Kodi, upgraded from v15.2 RC2 (embedded) to v15.2 stable, doesn’t even start (I’ve got to go back to factory reset).
    Wondering whether there is going to be available firmware update from v1.0.0 … 🙂
    Anyway – a toy for an enthusiast, who doesn’t care about frequent restarts (just by pulling the power cord out) isn’t 29.90 USD so bad …

  28. pajaja
  29. February 17th, 2016 at 19:12 | #29

    @pajaja
    Maybe that’s why I have not received mine yet 🙂

  30. pajaja
    February 18th, 2016 at 14:56 | #30

    @cnxsoft
    I’ve written a negative comment considering this MXQ-4K on Geekbuying site with only one star rating – the comment is there, but – BINGO – with FOUR STARS !!! 🙁

  31. February 19th, 2016 at 15:05 | #31
  32. unitron
    February 20th, 2016 at 17:34 | #33

    cnxsoft :
    MXQ 4K firmware upgrade @ http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/02/20/mxq-4k-rk3229-smart-tv-box-firmware-update/

    Probably this isn’t an upgrade, but the original firmware looking at the date of the firmware > 27012016

  33. February 20th, 2016 at 18:01 | #34

    @natsu
    This is not a tronsmart brand, i don’t know why they put tronsmart name on the title :((

  34. February 20th, 2016 at 23:21 | #35

    @natsu
    check again… 43.00

  35. March 2nd, 2016 at 14:52 | #36

    MX4 looks similar but with coaxial S/PDIF for $29 @ http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_326919.html

  36. data
    March 14th, 2016 at 02:59 | #37

    I would really like a review from cnxsoft of a rk3229 box ( for power consumptions measurements mainly)…

  37. March 14th, 2016 at 09:49 | #38

    @data
    Not a review yet, but that’s a start: http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/03/09/10-bit-h-264-and-h-265-video-playback-in-mxq-4k-rockchip-rk3229-tv-box/

    Power consumption is basically the same for all boxes, and MXQ-4K does not support power off only standby.

  38. data
    March 15th, 2016 at 01:00 | #39

    ok thanks. does clicking the android 4.4 bottom menu bar icons put it in standby ? same with the remote (up left)”power” button ?

  39. March 15th, 2016 at 09:11 | #40

    @data
    No power icon in the status bar, so the only way is to press the remote power button, unless you install a separate app to turn on the box.

    I’ve connected a bunch of devices including an HDD, and idle power consumption is 5.2W, standby power consumption: 1.4 to 2.0 Watts.

  40. fubag
    March 22nd, 2016 at 07:52 | #41

    @cnxsoft
    will the firmware updates you posted from geekbuying for the MXQ boxes work on the MX4, or safe to assume no?

  41. data
    March 31st, 2016 at 00:12 | #42

    not sure I understand your measures :
    standby power consumption: 1.4 to 2.0 Watts : all this only to receive infrared remote ON signal ?
    5.2W is android lowest idle power but with an HDD ?

  42. data
    March 31st, 2016 at 00:16 | #43

    seems like most RK3229 box PCBs are not rooted : do you confirm ? is it easy to unroot with kingroot ?

  43. March 31st, 2016 at 09:15 | #44

    @data
    Standby: power is still on, screen off. It should be like your tablet/smartphone when the screen is off.
    Yes, when the box is on the minimum power consumption with hard drive, USB keyboard, RF dongle is 5.2 Watts.

    @data
    Rooting is just related to firmware. MXQ 4K can be easily rooted.

  44. Scoffie
    May 7th, 2016 at 03:08 | #45

    Do you still suggest buying one today? I saw it on Geekbuying for $29.99.

  45. Mike Burnett
    May 20th, 2016 at 01:45 | #47

    My box only plays in black and white through the AV socket, I’ve changed it from PAL to NTSC but nothing works can you help, is there a setting or is it faulty?

  46. May 20th, 2016 at 09:39 | #48

    @Mike Burnett
    I’ve seen this happens when connecting composite to component inputs (on other devices -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/10/03/review-of-tronsmart-orion-r28-meta-4kh-265-android-tv-box/), or it could just be an issue with the firmware.

  47. Mike Burnett
    May 20th, 2016 at 23:18 | #49

    @cnxsoft
    Thanks for replying, not sure what to do, it’s the latest firmware…

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