FreakTab is a community of developers and users focusing on Android tablets, smartphones and especially mini PCs. Users will get answer to their technical problems, and developers such as Finless or Neonode, will release improved custom “ROMs” for more popular devices. But instead of simply working on other product’s firmware, the main contributors on Freaktab have apaprently decided to work together on the Freakbox Project, an Android TV Box powered by Rockchip RK3188 quad core SoC.
Freakbox Project hardware specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3188 Quad core ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1.6GHz with Mali-400MP4 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB to 16 GB NAND Flash + SD slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4, AV output (3.5mm jack)
- Audio I/O – HDMI, AV, and S/PDIF
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG
- Misc – Power buttons, IR receiver.
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Power Consumption – 3 to 4W while active, 3W while idle, 1W in standby
- Dimensions – 160x117x26 mm
The hardware appears to be pretty standard, and it’s far from being the latest and greatest in terms of specifications, but of course, the whole selling point of this box is support by Freaktab community, which will provide an Android 4.4 firmware with kernel and system customized from source, and supported by the community.
The team has managed to keep the project pretty secret, but development appears to be nearly complete, and they’ve even announced the box will start pre-selling today on Freakbox Project’s Facebook page (Price still unknown at the time of writing). You can find more information on freakbox-project.com.
Via Ian on G+ mini PCs community.
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.