Dual Core Rockchip RK3066 mini PC Now Available for $88.88

Yesterday, I wrote about the first proper dual core Cortex A9 mini PC based on Rockchip RK3066, but it seemed only available to wholesalers, and I was not really sure it was ready for prime time. But today, one of my reader (Anders) pointed to a vendor selling the device on Aliexpress, and I found out it was sold for the lucky price of $88.88 + shipping.

Rockchip RK3066 mini PC

The picture above (Source: Aliexpress) is the first I’ve seen that looks real, and makes me feel a bit better about this device. The specs listed in Aliexpress are basically the same as I posted yesterday, except we learn that the Wi-Fi chip is Ralink Realtek 8188, more codecs are listed (but I would not read too much into that), and the casing has gone on a diet and shrunk to 8.8 * 3.5 * 1.2cm (vs 10.1 x 3.8 x 1.3cm yesterday).

The information about accessories is very confusing. One picture seems to show a power adapter, mini USB adapter, USB cable and Male to Male HDMI cable (why?) is included, but the description indicates a USB cable and small HDMI cable is provided.

Shipping options include China Mail (~$7), Hong Kong post (~$12) and several couriers. Please note that the vendor appears to be new with only one positive rating.

[Update: It is now available for $89 including shipping via Hong Kong Post from an Aliexpress seller that looks OK. He also posted some pictures of the PCB. The product name is UG802]

If you are the kind of person who likes to tinker with your device and change the source code, bear in mind that Rockchip is known for GPL violations, and it may be hard to get the GPL source, although it does not prevent some from trying.

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Gabe
Gabe
7 years ago

I think Ralink 8188 Wi-Fi chip is actually a Realtek 8188 chip.

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

Thats a lot of holes on the case! Worried about meltdown much!?

What’s the heating status on this chip, and how much faster would it be in real terms compared to the allwimmer a10?

Why can’t someone convince the hardkernal guys to put a case around their board add $10 to the price and sell it as a system (case should have a power on off button)

max
max
7 years ago

Anyone bought this thing?
I think Christian Troy (A rom developer working on Rockchip tablets custom roms) should see this. let me ping him 🙂

Klaus
Klaus
7 years ago
menno
menno
7 years ago

Can this dongle support linux , or is there allready a linux version for this device?

LuckyKnight
LuckyKnight
7 years ago

Would like to see one with a RJ-45 ethernet!

matzon
matzon
7 years ago

@Klaus
no, the FVD-11 is amlogic and only has 512 MB ram

eebrah
eebrah
7 years ago

The aliexpress seller lists it as an “allwinner dual-core …..”
Last I checked Allwinner != Rockchip but it may just be an error
This shows that the product is less likely to be vapourware and that is a win for everyone

jamesbond
jamesbond
7 years ago

GPL violation + no kernel/uboot sources = no purchase.

Luckyknight
Luckyknight
7 years ago

Reply to earlier comment.. There is no amlogic dual core for purchase other than tablets yet

Ninjas
Ninjas
7 years ago

Hey you are right. These geniatech boxes seem to have Dual core amlogic chips in the 1200 and 1600 versions. But these seem to be in development and not relaesed yet. Don know the reputation of these boxes but there seems to be a huge thread on geniatech at android forums. Could these seem as better than the mele a#000 series? I wish some chinese oem would package a quad core samsung with a mele type case and put it on the market at $150. It would sell like crazy and not just to dev types, to everyone. If google… Read more »

max
max
7 years ago

I’ve asked this to Brad, and asking this to you too. Isn’t it strange that no Chinese blog / forum etc. covered / talked or reported on this?

Javi
Javi
7 years ago

Price:
US $108.90 / piece + shipping

CPU: AllWinner

Under my oppinion this is still very strange. And suggest again waitting for AllWinner Dual core this year (later will be the quad core it seems)

By the way, Mini-Pc in chinese: 迷你电脑

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

I have found this device on aliexpress for 89.00 with free shipping
http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs/618712540-New-Released-MK802-Dual-Core-Mini-PC-UG802-Android-4-0-TV-Box-IPTV-1-6GHz-wholesalers.html
The link also has front and back pictures of the PCB which show it is indeed the rk3066 soc.

I’ve also been in talks with the manufacturer of this product and have a sample on it’s way to me. It should arrive late this week sometime.
It seems to hold a lot of promise and I look forward towards testing it.

Leo
Leo
7 years ago

Hi!
Togetho Team (you may know us from group-buy CX-01 and Riko MK802) launched group-buy deal for UG802 (from Ugood store). $78.99 with free WorldWide HongKongPost Shipping. If you want, you can join us here – http://togetho.ru/ug802eng.html

Leo
Leo
7 years ago


ok, I’ll ask. But I’m not sure they will do it fast.

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

I received my ug802 dual core stick today and I am pretty impressed. I received it in Orange coloring. The plastic feels solid and is almost the same size as my Oval Elephant(uhost). System Information: Model Number: rk30sdk Android Version: 4.0.4 Kernel Version: 3.0.8+ [email protected] #267 SMP PREEMPT Thu Aug 16 22:09:58 CST 2012 Build Number: rk30_ics_v2.23.00 rk30sdk-eng 4.0.4 IMM76D end.root.20120713.175652 test-keys I have a few observations. -First off it’s fast. Faster than my Oval Elephant(uhost) and faster than my CX-01. -It plays just about everything I’ve tried to throw at it. Including some 16GB 1080p mkv files. Over wifi.… Read more »

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

I got antutu to work by plugging the ug802 into a higher power usb 3.0 source. It seems my cellphone adapter wasn’t giving out enough juice.
Anyway the score it just got is :
Total Score: 6801
CPU:3274
GPU: 1551
RAM:1239
I/O: 737

Quadrant standard starts now, but when you try to run a test it never actually runs.

The device also comes not rooted. I’ll be rooting it later of course.

sao
sao
7 years ago

@deadhp1

Thanks for the information! Please keep us informed of any news and development of this device. Here are a few points I’m particularly interested in:

(1) does the device get warm/hot under load? (e.g. HD youtube, flash, etc)

(2) read/write speed of nand/sdcard/usb thumb drive (I assume that thumb drive works)?

(3) does the usb port support host mode? (keyboard/mouse/camera/mic)

(4) do the google playstore/google apps work out of box?

(5) could you try the free app
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zpwebsites.linuxonandroid
and see if it install (say the light-weight lxde version), and if so, is it usable?

MANY THANKS!

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

I rooted my device using the info from here
http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/34442-root-window-n90-dual-core-ii-how-to-root/

Superoneclick did complain and say my device was already rooted, but I had previously checked with root checker and it had said it wasn’t.

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

Some answers: 1) the ug802 gets slightly warm, not nearly as hot as the mk802 or even the uhost. It’s similar to the cx-01 in terms of heat…not much at all. It seems that the rk3066 is underclocked to 1.2ghz. I was not able to raise the cpu speed past that with overclocking. The limit must be set in the kernel to prevent overheating. 2) I haven’t gotten a chance to test nand/sd/usb read or write speeds. Can you recommend an app for that? 3)I hooked up my wireless keyboard/mouse so far. Tomorrow I’ll check some other things I’ve got… Read more »

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max
max
7 years ago


When are you going to review it?

@deadhp1
From where have you bought it, Please share price delivery options chosen etc.

sao
sao
7 years ago

@deadhp1

Thanks for update! I’d glad to hear about that the rk3066 does not heat up as much as the mk802. When you get a chance, could you run the rk3066 for a hour or two on a loop video and see what the temperature is like?

I’m a bit disappointed to hear that it does not recognize the lapdock’s resolution. Hopefully it will get fixed in the next firmware (?).

As for testing the speed of sdcard, you can get the free app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ales.veluscek.sdtools Off hand I don’t know how to test nand speed.

THANKS!!!

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

@max
I bought mine directly from the manufacturer as a sample. I work as a part time consultant for a company that’s let’s just say is “looking to have something built”.
I’m recommending the group buy to anyone that asks me.

@sao ,
Ok in detail view for antutu I have:

/Sdcard (actually nand):
SD card write (4.4 MB/s) 44
SD card read (>50 MB/s) 204

Using an old 4gb class 10 micro sd card I get:
/mnt/external_sd
SD card write (13.9 MB/s) 139
SD card read (14.8 MB/s) 148

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

@sao I’ve been running the ug802 for almost 6 hours playing movies. I watched Avatar 8gb 1080p mkv and the device was barely warm at the end. The rest of the time I’ve been using the 8-27 nightly build of XBMC to stream a playlist of avi’s off my ftp. It got a little warmer doing this as xbmc currently doesn’t have hardware decoding. Still not nearly as much heat as the mk802 or Oval Elephant. I think all the holes in the case really help with the heat. Ok I installed SD Tools and the results are: /Sdcard (nand)… Read more »

max
max
7 years ago

@deadhp1 thanks for the update. If it is running that cool then I hope someone can be able to run the CPU @1.6 GHz and GPU @400MHz then it’ll be like Chinese OUYA 🙂 I think Jellybean should be on the way, as most of the 2nd Gen RK3066 tablets are coming with Jellybean 4.1.1 like pipo u1, yuandao N90, cube UG30t etc. May be it’s just a wild wish, but since Amlogic and unofficial partner ainol had realeased the source codes for Amlogic processors, this must’ve put pressure on rockchip and it’s tablet partners to release their stuff also.… Read more »

sao
sao
7 years ago

Newbie question:

(1) How can we tell if this particular mini PC has a locked bootload and/or can boot from sdcard, given that at the moment we don’t have the original firmware, let alone alternative ROM?

(2) More generally, can we simply swap out the kernel of the exisiting firmware and subsitute for it a different one (e.g. linaro)?

Thanks for your help!

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

@max It’s possible that the manufacturer may release an update to allow 1.6Ghz. It’s my understanding that they underclocked the board in order to keep both the heat and the power draw down. I’m also hoping for JellyBean, but ICS works very well on this device. Kernel Source FTW! If Rockchip would only release kernel source they could have a great product. There is currently a thread about a source code request to Cube for one of their rk3066 tablets. http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/37074-glp-sources-request-to-cube/ @sao According to the datasheet located here http://tabreview.ru/content/pdf_docs/RK3066_datasheet_brief.pdf the rk3066 supports booting from nand flash, SPI0, and eMMC intefaces.… Read more »

Jwz
Jwz
7 years ago

Is usb Gamepad supported?

Heaven
Heaven
7 years ago

Gossip news from China: Zero Devices to launch RK3066 based model with 8GB?? (and cheaper than this one)

Giggle
Giggle
7 years ago

@deadhp1
1) When you tested the XBMC build on UG802, how was the performance without the hardware decoding? Was it pretty smooth?

2) There is an article at http://www.cnx-software.com/tag/ug802/ about rooting the UG802. How you tried it and if so, did it work?

3) How you tried apps from the Google Store to see if it recognizes the device okay?

4) How do you like the RK3066 based UG802 so far comparing to your CX-01 and MK-802?

Thanks for writing all the information you have posted so far. Definitely very helpful.

deadhp1
deadhp1
7 years ago

@Giggle 1)When I tested XBMC performance was smooth on sd avi files and sd mp4 files. I watched several movies and episodes while working and did not notice any problems. Most of those were streaming over wifi. 2)I think I am the first person to root the ug802. That article is based off my comment of following those directions. Rooting was easy and basically the same as rooting a rk3066 based tablet. 3)I’ve installed many apps from the Google Store.(Launcher Pro, MX Player, ES File Explorer, Crackle TV and Movies, Speedtest.net, Antutu, Antutu CPU, SD Tools, ad blocker, and several… Read more »

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