Zealz GK802 is a mini PC based on Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor, with 1GB RAM, 8 to 16 GB internal memory (internal micro SD card). The main selling points of this HDMI dongle is that it’s the only currently available quad core processor (about to change), it’s hackable and unbrickable with easy access to the serial console, full support for Linux with hardware video decoding and 2D/3D acceleration (work in progress), and Freescale has released proper software and hardware development resources for the i.MX6 processor. As mentioned in my review of Hi802 mini PC, the downside is that Vivante GC2000 GPU performance is lower than the Mali-400 MP4 found in Rockchip RK3066 mini PC, and its price (usually above $90) is about double the price of Rockchip RK3066 mini PCs.
We can’t do anything for Vivante GC2000 performance, but Roman found a coupon code “FVKIWVAG” on a Russian forum that gives a $20 discount to purchase Zealz GK802 on Geekbuying, making the device costs just $69.99 including shipping. I have no idea is this coupon has limited quantities or is time limited, but it may worth giving it a try.
If you just plan to run Android, you may probably give it pass, and go with one of the upcoming RK3188 mini PCs that will cost about the same, but provide better performance. However if you’re interested in running Linux, Zealz GK802 is a unique device in mini PC world, as it’s the only low cost platform (<$100) that supports both hardware video decoding and 2D/3D GPU acceleration.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.