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PIPO X1 (Beta) Android TV Dongle Powered by Rockchip RK3188 Sells for $40

PIPO X1 is an HDMI TV Stick running Android 4.2 with more or less the same specs (2GB RAM, 8 GB Flash) as many other competiting products, but with a price much lower at $39.99 including shipping. The company however mentions the product is still in beta version, which may explain why it’s so cheap… Let’s have a look anyway.


Pipo_X1_RK3188Pipo X1 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 quad core Cortex A9 @ 1.6GHz + Mali 400MP4  GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Video & Audio  Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity – Buil-int 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – USB 2.0 host + micro USB (for power)
  • Dimensions – 100 x 40 x 8mm
  • Weight – 30g

The device ships with a  micro USB cable. That means you’ll need to provide your own 5V/2A power adapter. The company also highlights the device can be used as Miracast/DLNA dongle and it supports XBMC, but these are now pretty standard.

There has been a PIPO X1, based on RK3066, on the market for a while, but the company clearly explains both are different devices in Aliexpress, so the specs should be correct, and at $40, the new Pipo X1 must be the cheapest RK3188 device on the market. Bear in mind, this is still a “Beta version”, so firmware may still need some work.

Thanks to csgabe.

  1. Paul
    April 8th, 2014 at 21:01 | #1

    Now this I’ll buy, at least as a back up if not for casting. Dealing with Ali is the hardest part

  2. adem
    April 8th, 2014 at 23:52 | #2

    what do you guys think how would the pcb be any different to mk908 if not different can we install stock mk908 roms to this device

  3. adem
    April 10th, 2014 at 13:37 | #3

    i bought one of these and thinking of buying a second one

  4. adem
    April 10th, 2014 at 13:48 | #4

    naaaa its $44 now and just wondering is it rk3188 or rk3188t

  5. gungsukma
    April 11th, 2014 at 09:05 | #5

    It is $42.99 now, but if you search for “pipo x1” on Aliexpress toolbar, there are still many other sellers who sold it at $39.90.

  6. Tired_
    April 20th, 2014 at 01:35 | #6

    Did any of you get yours yet? I can’t find any reviews online anywhere, and I’m curious to see how it actually performs…

  7. adem
    April 20th, 2014 at 07:52 | #7

    still waiting for my one

  8. SidJenkins
    April 23rd, 2014 at 04:30 | #8
  9. April 23rd, 2014 at 08:02 | #9

    SidJenkins :
    I got mine today. I wrote a few things about it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/MiniPCs/comments/23pmsd/remember_the_post_about_pipo_x1_the_40_rk3188/

    ok, Only 1GB Ram, i am so strange why it can be sold so cheap, here is the reason, the 1GB ram and 2Gb ram have big price difference in china. and rk3188t not rk3188.
    oh, shit, those aliexpress seller drive me crazy…

  10. Pekka
    May 12th, 2014 at 16:59 | #10

    I can confirm. It is just 1GB ram with RK3188-t.

  11. Tired_
    May 24th, 2014 at 00:28 | #11

    I got mine (grabbed it anyways, even though it only has 1GB RAM). Is there any kind of developer community for these kinds of devices? If so, where? I wouldn’t mind finding a custom ROM for it (something closer to vanilla Android), and it’d be nice to compare notes with other advanced users.

  12. May 24th, 2014 at 11:39 | #12

    Try freaktab.com

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