Rockchip RK3188 Based QC802 mini PC Can Now Be Purchased for $65

When Rockchip RK3188 powered mini PC started to show up in March 2013, many were priced around $90, which some shops aggressively (and temporarily) pricing UG007B at $74. But it’s now possible to purchase QC802, a quad core mini PC with 2GB RAM and 8GB Flash, for just $61.75 excluding shipping from a seller with good feedback. Adding shipping will bring it to about $70 depending where you live, but applying “registernewbuyer5” coupon brings it back to $65 or even a bit less. QC802 is by far the cheap RK3188 device I’ve found.

QC802Just a quick reminder of the specs:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 quad core Cortex A9 @ 1.6 Ghz + Mali-400MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB internal flash + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 2.1
  • Video Output – HDMI (male)
  • USB – 1x USB Host 2.0, 2x micro USB ports including one for power, one USB Host.
A QC802 review made near the end of may was mostly positive about the device, although firmware improvements were needed. However, an updated firmware has not been released since this review. Ugoos.net does have a download section, but it’s password protected, so the most likely sources of firmware upgrades should be GeekBuying or Kimdecent, both of which also sell the device.
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onebir
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Lol I didn’t realise it was ‘article worthy’… Waiting for $50 & Picuntu myself :p
See also
http://www.aliexpress.com/item//930220258.html

rm
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If you need GNU/Linux and general hackability, the GK802 is still a better choice.
Geekbuying is selling them for $69.99 again, now even no coupon is required:
http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Unii-GK802-Fresscale-i-MX6-Quad-Dure-Cortex-A9-DDR3-1GB-RAM-8GB-ROM-TV-Box-Dongle—-Black-312807.html

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I think 2GB RK3188 devices should start to hit $50 by end-October, based on the way tablet/arm device prices have been developing over the last year or so.

Don’t the extra two cores help when lots of processes are running simultaneously? Esp with 2GB ram to minimise disk/rom access?

Both items are from the same seller; likely any difference in shipping prices/policy is a mistake…

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@rm
Could you explain why GK802 is better for Linux etc?

rm
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@onebir
Because you can go right now grab an image and run a standard Debian installer on it: http://projectgus.com/2013/05/debian-installer-for-zealz-gk802-android-tv-quad-core-arm-minipc/
Is there anything similar for RK3188?
Also cnx-soft described some more reasons in http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/03/26/zealz-gk802-is-temporarly-available-for-69-99-on-geekbuying/

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Well well you guys seem to forget that the T428 has a better wifi chip with dual band support (wifi ac support as well) + Bluetooth 4.0. That’s what makes it more expensive.

onebir
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@rm
Sorry, I forgot GK802 isn’t RK3188 too…

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@cnxsoft
Good comparison or RK3188 & RK3066 under tablet usage here:
http://www.topnotchtablets.com/pipo-max-m9-review
(In “PERFORMANCE – System and Application” section)

This confirms your suggestion that the RK3188 didn’t have compelling advantages except maybe with 2GB DDR. But have things changed? (eg are the CPU/GPU clocked faster now? Does the firmware exploit the extra cores better?)

Perhaps the more valid comparison now is RK3168 vs RK3188?

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@cnxsoft
Ok, any idea about the CPU/GPU clock speeds? Seemed like there was room for improvement there; significant in the case of the GPU…

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[…] $62 CQ802 is the cheapest Android TV stick with an RK3188 CPU Tiny Android boxes that let you run apps on your TV are nothing new… and neither are models with speedy RK3188 processors. But this is the cheapest model I’ve seen yet. [CNX Software] […]

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@cnxsoft
Ta – it’s just that the article I linked to mentioned that the 3188/s Mali was specced to be overclocked (relative to 3066) but didn’t seem to be in the tablet being reviewed (back in March).

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Actually there now seem to be quite a lot of sellers offering 2GB sticks at $69-70:
http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?shipCountry=us&shipCompanies=&SearchText=rk3188&exception=&isFreeShip=y&isRtl=yes&CatId=0&g=y&SortType=price_asc&initiative_id=SB_20130614111832&isPremium=y&filterCat=70803003%2C200004329%2C5092303&groupsort=1&needQuery=y&maxPrice=72
So plenty of places to get a 2GB/8GB RK3188 stick (MK809 III/UG007B/QC802) for ~$65-67 (after $5 coupon). CX-919 & HI702 (only 1GB DDR, but external wifi aerial) is also available at this price.

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@cnxsoft
I think they watch each others’ prices, and sellers who’ve overstocked undercut in 50c decrements. Could be an interesting microeconomic study…

onebir
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@cnxsoft
Surprisingly cheap for that CX-919 on DX…

onebir
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onebir

MK809 III $59.29 shipped before any coupons, but from a newish (not totally new) seller:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item//1021006645.html

(Isn’t this one of the ones Picuntu is being ported to?)

onebir
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@onebir
Oops – looks like seller’s messed up; title/description are inconsistent.

onebir
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onebir

MK809 “III” (?) RK3188 2GB/8GB ~$60 shipped:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item//919120329.html
http://www.aliexpress.com/item//1092121687.html
“DDR3 2GB ,( 4GB optional ,you may contact us for big RAM)”! 🙂
Is this one of the ones with a Linux-friendly wifi chip?

Also UG007B at ~$63:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item//1119848567.html
http://www.aliexpress.com/item//960047358.html

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@onebir
The 4GB model is $75, but only available in batches of 20 🙁

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@onebir
That’s **4GB**RAM**.
If there’s enough retail demand, it should soon be possible to get RK3188 mini PCs with 4GB RAM…

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