K-R42-1 (aka CS918 aka MK888 aka …) has been one of the first Rockchip RK3188 Android TV Boxes available on the market, and can be purchased for less than $90 US. Kaiboer F4, discovered at the end of June, has similar specs, but comes with 2 Wi-Fi antennas, potentially improving Wi-Fi reception. The only problem. until now, was that it was not available for sale, but this has now changed, and you can purchase it for $116 including on GeekBuying, renamed as Ugoos UT1. It’s also available on Aliexpress at higher prices at the time of writing. [Update: Dealsprime sells it for $109.99]
Kaiboer F4 / Ugoos UT1 Specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3188 up to 1. 8 GHz with Mali-400 MP4 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 8 GB Flash + 1x SD card
- Video Output – HDMI, and AV
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with 2 external Wi-Fi antennas. (No Bluetooth)
- USB – Micro USB OTG + 2x USB host ports
- Power & reset buttons
- Dimensions – 187x128x24 mm
This Android 4.2.2 device comes with a 5V/2A power adapter, an IR remote control, HDMI and composite cables, as well as a user’s manual. GeekBuying has posted some pictures of the devices including the custom user’s interface.
as well as low resolution pictures of the board.
At the bottom of the top side of the PCB, on the left side of the cable that goes to the small IR/LED board, you can see a 3-pin header with what may be GND, TX and RX, so this could be a decent Rockchip hacking platform, more practical than RK3188 mini PCs.
Geekbuying also posted some benchmark results: Antutu 3.x (15,245), Nemamark 2.4 (59.9 fps) and Vellamo (HTML5: 1544 / Metal: 491), and tested some features and apps such as Miracast, Video webcam, XBMC, Netflix…
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