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

Kim
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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
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max

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

Klaus
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Klaus
menno
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menno

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

LuckyKnight
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LuckyKnight

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

matzon
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matzon

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

eebrah
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eebrah

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
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jamesbond

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

Luckyknight
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Luckyknight

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

Ninjas
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Ninjas

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 can put up the nexus with a screen, battery, 8 gb ram at $200 (someone did a parts teardown, it costs less to make), why can’t the chinese oem do the same for a cheaper set top box?

max
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max

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
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Javi

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: θΏ·δ½ η”΅θ„‘

deadhp1
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deadhp1

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
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Leo

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

deadhp1
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deadhp1

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.
-Ookla Speedtest came in at 16719kbps download and 5388kbps upload
-I was able to install Crackle Movies and Tv and stream without problems.(the CX-01 would randomly disconnect)
-Flash videos work well on the desktop versions of the sites

I have a couple of problems too.
-I am unable to run antutu benchmark, attempting to start it causes the device to reboot
-Quadrant does the same as above.
-clicking twice while mxplayer is running causes the device to reboot.
-When the device does reboot I have to turn off the display to reset the audio or else it is distorted.
-There is no power button. The ability to turn the device off would be very nice. I’m not a big fan of just unplugging to power off.

The software seems to be a little buggy, but I’m sure it will get better with a firmware update.
The device itself is very capable. The price is really good. I’ll be keeping this one for sure.

deadhp1
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deadhp1

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
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@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
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deadhp1

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
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deadhp1

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 around here.

4)Google Play Store works out of the box. Also side loading of apps is supported.
I tested:
MX Player(Hardware decoding!)
Crackle TV and Movies
ES File Explorer
Speedtest.net
Fieldrunners HD
Antutu Benchmark
Antutu CPU
XBMC-8-27 nightly build(plays avi’s and small mp4’s without a problem. software decoding only)
a couple of others I can’t quite remember at the moment

5) I’m picking up another microsd card tomorrow so I’ll give that linux app a shot.

I hooked the ug802 up to my droid bionic lapdock, but it wasn’t able to detect the resolution properly. It only gave me low resolutions of 720xsomething instead of the native 1360×768 or even 1280×720.(both the uhost and the cx-01 were able to do 1280×720 with the lapdock)
Even though it was low res. the keyboard/mouse/sound all worked well with the lapdock.

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max
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@cnxsoft
When are you going to review it?

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

sao
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@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
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@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 , @cnxsoft
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

I’ve got a couple of pictures of my ug802 and one of it next to my CX-01.
photo 1
photo 2
photo 3
I’ve also got some pictures of 2 launchers that come installed.(I chose to install Launcher Pro)
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photo 6
photo 7

deadhp1
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deadhp1

@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)
write speed 12.0 MB/s
read speed 14.0 MB/s
It wouldn’t let me switch to the actual micro-sd card.
These values differ quite a bit from the Antutu Values. I don’t know what size files antutu is trying to read or write, but SD Tools says to have 190MB free space to test the speed.

max
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@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 πŸ™‚

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.
I’m checking in various Android tablet forums that suddenly rk3066 chips has become the 2nd preference among developers and aware buyers, in contrast to a month ago when everyone was singing rk3066 quadcore gpu song.

sao
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sao

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
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deadhp1

@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.

I’ve got no idea about the kernel as there is no replacement firmware at the moment. Although I am told the firmware will be released at some point. I just won’t experiment with my device until I can recover from bricking it.

Jwz
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Jwz

Is usb Gamepad supported?

Heaven
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Heaven

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

Giggle
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Giggle

@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
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deadhp1

@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 games.)

4)I really like the ug802. It’s very fast and stable. It has great wireless reception. It gets about as hot as the CX-01, maybe even less. Too bad there is no kernel source released.

The MK-802 is nice if you want to run a custom kernel, rom, or linux. It has a HUGE following. It lacks the raw power of the ug802 and doesn’t seem as refined.

The CX-01 has a hard time comparing to even the MK-802. The wireless has bad reception and tends to cut out.
It doesn’t get nearly as hot as the MK-802 and it will also be getting custom kernels and roms.
Hopefully a firmware update can cure the wireless problems.

Basically in my order of rating the devices on usability is:
1)UG802
2)Oval Elephant
3)MK-802
4)CX-01
If I had to rate on video playback using the hardware decoder:
1)Oval Elephant and MK-802
2)UG802(only because the datasheet says it only supports up to [email protected]
3)CX-01 seemed to choke on some of my 1080p content.

I gave my Oval Elephant to my brother. I’m keeping the UG802. I’m also keeping the CX-01 in hopes of better firmware. I sold my MK802 before the price crashed on ebay.

Glad I could help.