Rockchip RK3066 based mini PCs are clearly the most popular in the market, and after the discovery of one AllWinner A20 HDMI dongle, and one AllWinner A31 mini PC earlier this week, it’s time for the first mini PC based on Rockchip R3188 quad core Cortex A9 processor called CloudnetGo CR9.
Here are ClounetGo CR9 specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3188 quad core Cortex A9 @ 1.8Ghz + Mali-400MP4 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 8 to 16GB internal flash + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Video Output – HDMI (male) up to 2160p
- Video Codecs – VP8, AVS, MJPEG, RV8/9/10, H.263, H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVX
- Video Container Formats – AVI, RM, RMVB, PMP, FLV, MP4, M4V, VOB, WMV, 3GP, MKV, ASF, 3G2M4V.
- Audio Codecs/Formats – MP1/2/3, WMA, OGG, AAC, M4A, FLAC, APE, AMR, RA, WAV.
- USB – 1x USB Host 2.0, 1x micro USB for power
This Android 4.1 device will be sold with an HDMI cable, a USB power cable, a user manual, and an optional power adapter. This would be the most powerful mini PC to date, although you may not notice that much of performance improvement compared to the dual core version, unless you run multiple demanding tasks in Android. There’s no information about availability, nor pricing at the moment. There’s a page about CR9 in the manufacturer website (in Chinese), but it just seems to promote how “RK3188 is so much better than A31”.
Once GPL source code for one of RK3188 tablets is released, members of PicUntu community may want to work on porting their Rockchip RK3066 distro to the latest RK3188 mini PCs, so there’s hope with Linux support, probably excluding 2D/3D GPU acceleration and VPU support.