Rikomagic has been selling MK802III LE and MK802IV LE dual and quad core HDMI TV sticks based on RK3066 and RK3188 running Linux (PicUntu) for a little over half a year. The company has now announced a full size box with MK902 LE powered by Rockchip RK3188 with 2GB RAM and up to 16 GB Flash.
- SoC – Rockchip RK3188 quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-400MP4
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 8GB or 16GB NAND Flash + microSD slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI, AV out
- Audio – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – 802.11n WiFi, 10/100M Ethernet
- Camera – 5MP
- USB – 4x USB host ports
The device is sold with HDMI and AV cables, a power adapter, and a user’s manual. The 8GB version costs £94.99 (~$158), and the 16GB version £99.99 (~$167) on Cloudsto, or £5 more (~$8) than the same devices with Android.
You could also save some money and install PicUntu 4.5, or even other Linux distributions, by yourself by getting the device from shops like Geekbuying, or DealExtreme for $100 and up. However, if you plan to use to device as a media player/center, you should really keep using Android, as 2D/3D graphics acceleration, and hardware video decoding are not working at all in RK3188 based devices because Rockchip is not interested in Linux, so games, video playback, YouTube, and anything using Adobe Flash are basically unusable, or mind-blowingly slow.
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.