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Vorke Z3 Rockchip RK3399 TV Box to Launch in February 2017

December 20th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was expecting devices based on Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core processor to launch by the end of this year, that is about right now, but finally it looks like products will only start the show by the end of Q1 2017, as Firefly-RK3399 development board is scheduled to ship to backers in March 2017, while GeekBuying has started teasing us with their Vorke Z3 TV box powered by Rockchip RK3399 with 4GB RAM slated to launch in February 2017.

vorke-z3Vorke Z3 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core processor with  2x ARM Cortex A72 cores at up to 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores, and an ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, external SATA interface (hopefully implemented via the PCIe interface), micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
  • Video Decoder – 4K H.265 and VP9
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio port, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi up to 1200 Mbps (300 Mpbs + 867 Mbps)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB type C port (for data and power external devices?)
  • Misc – IR receiver, mechanical power switch
  • Power Supply – TBD
  • Dimension & Weight – TBD

rockchip-rk3399-android-tv-boxThe box will run Android 6.0, and currently gets about 72,500 points in Antutu 6.x with 16,519 points for 3D graphics, 25,805 points for UX, 25,905 points for CPU, and 4254 points for RAM tests. There’s hope a good Linux support on Rockchip RK3399, as Google and Rockchip are working on RK3399 Chromebooks, actively committing code to mainline kernel, and Firefly has ported Ubuntu 16.04 to their RK3399 development board with 3D graphics acceleration, and hardware video decoding is coming.

rk3399-sataPrice has now been announced yet, but for reference, Firefly-RK3399 development board with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage is now offered with all accessories for $199 on Kickstarter, and Remix IO+ TV Box also sells with 4GB/32GB configuration sells for $139 shipped, so I’d expect Vorke Z3 to sell for about the same price.

  1. taki
    December 20th, 2016 at 11:54 | #1

    I wish 3399 has ts interface

  2. December 20th, 2016 at 11:57 | #2

    @taki
    Rockchip RK3399 is not actually a TV box/STB SoC, so no TS interface, no HDR… But since it’s powerful I’m assuming many products will come out anyway.

  3. nobitakun
    December 20th, 2016 at 14:30 | #3

    We just need a simple board for the same price as other high end ones (60-70) with 2GB of RAM and it will sell like crazy ;).

  4. Gaetano
    December 20th, 2016 at 16:05 | #4

    I think that as a TV box, the Nvidia Shield with Tegra X1 is better; expecially at these prices.

  5. theguyuk
    December 20th, 2016 at 17:39 | #5

    @Gaetano
    We have yet to see spec of the new Nvidia sheild box cnx has posted videos of today.

    Allwinner and Amlogic just need to launch a premium soc with a higher spec games gpu that can handle widevine L1- 3 , 4k, 1080p, 720p and Blu-ray. These chips sell in millions and many people have asdl broadband still.

    Just those more technically able and with fibre are more vocal in my humble opinion.

  6. December 20th, 2016 at 17:44 | #6

    @nobitakun
    The chip itself could be close to $40 at launch. That was the case for RK3288 ($35), so that price is a little too aggressive. Your best hope could be Mqmaker MIQI-2. They have not been very successful with MIQI (RK3288) despite a pretty good price, so we’ll see what comes out.

  7. theguyuk
    December 20th, 2016 at 20:07 | #7

    @cnxsoft
    Out of stock at https://mqmaker.com/doc/introduction-to-miqi/

    For me the Market needs a complete solution box, board, power supply and remote included.

    Not a logical whay to look at it but if your box retails at £40.00 GBP and you could add a extra £15.00 to spend on GPU and improvement what could that get you?

    40.00
    15.00
    =
    55.00 retail at £65.00 is that realist though?

  8. December 23rd, 2016 at 21:04 | #8

    Ugoos is also working on their own UT5 TV box with RK3399 -> http://ugoos.net/blog/ugoos_UT5_pre_release_rk3399
    It will be unveiled at CES 2017.

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