Kingnovel K-R68 4K Android STB Unboxing

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Kingnovel has sent me a sample of their K-R68 Android media player powered by Rockchip RK3288 quad core processor with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash. Today I’ll start by listing the product specifications, before showing pictures of the device and PCBA. A full review will follow in the next few days.

Kingnovel K-R68 specifications

The box technical specifications as shown in the product manual are pretty standard:

  • SoC –  Rockchip RK3288 quad core ARM Cortex A12/A17 processor @ 2.0 GHz (TBC) with ARM Mali-T764 quad-core 3D GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.1, and DirectX11
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (Optional 4GB DDR3)
  • Storage – 8GB flash (16G/32G optional) + micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60fps, 3.5mm AV jack
  • Audio Output – HDMI,  AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Video Codecs – MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, RV,.. @ 4K resolution
  • Video Containers – AVI, VOB, MKV, TS, MP4, M2TS, MPEG, WMV, RM/RMVB, etc…
  • Audio Format – MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, OGG, AC3, DTS
  • Connectivity – Ethernet (No speed mentioned), dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power LED, IR receiver.
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions –  185 x 143 x 30 mm (excluding Wi-Fi antenna)
  • Weight – 190 grams

The device runs Android 4.4.

Kingnovel K-R68 Pictures

The company send me the device by DHL in the package below marked with “4K Ultra HD 4k2K OTT TV BOX”.

Kingnove_K-R68_4K_Package
Inside the package, we’ll get a the relatively large TV box, a 5V/3A power adapter, an HDMI cable, an IR remote control that requires two AAA batteries, and a user’s manual in English describing the remote control, explaining how to use the user interface, and troubleshoot the system.

K-R68 4K and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)
K-R68 4K and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

A closer look shows the device is made of two plastic parts with the top made of ABS (I think), and the bottom of lower quality plastic. The power button is located on the top of the device which is the location I find most convenient, and all ports can be found on the rear panel: Ethernet, optical S/PDIF, HDMI, AV, micro SD card, two USB ports, and DC jack.

Kingnovel K-R68 4K (Click to Enlarge)
Kingnovel K-R68 4K (Click to Enlarge)

You can watch the unboxing video below if you please.

K-R68 Internals

Opening the device is relatively straightforward. Remove four sticky rubber pads on the bottom of the enclosure to reveal the screws and remove them. The two parts of the casing then come apart quite easily.

Top of K-R68 4K Board (Click to Enlarge)
Top of K-R68 4K Board (Click to Enlarge)

There are two boards in the device: CYX_R6_IO with the power button, the IR receiver, and the power LED, and CYX_R6 V1_1 the main board with RK3288. The heatsink is larger than on Uyesee G1H, so hopefully it will do a better job at keeping the temperature lower. The Wi-Fi module is AP6330 providing dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (no ac) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Bottom of K-R68 4K Board (Click to Enlarge)
Bottom of K-R68 4K Board (Click to Enlarge)

You need to remove three more screws to completely detach the board from the enclosure. The back of the board features the micro SD slot, RK1000 (for TV out), and another IC (can’t read). There does not seem to be an issue way to access the serial console.

Zoom on Rocchip RK3288 SoC (Click to Enlarge)
Zoom on Rocchip RK3288 SoC (Click to Enlarge)

Removing the heatsink is easy with just two “bits” that hold it, and that can be popped out. There’s also a thermal pad (shown on the top of the picture) between the heatsink and RK3288.

The box does not seem to be available on Aliexpress for now, if you are a distributor, you may want to visit Kingnovel K-R68 page for some details, and contacting the company.

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haze
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haze

Support LAN 100M/1000M Base-T in the website

John Aiken
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John Aiken

The ethernet port is gigabit for sure, based in the transformer right behind it: http://productfinder.pulseeng.com/products/datasheets/HC500.pdf

Paul t.
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Paul t.

Yawn

Morgan Ross Egging
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smallest, possibly cheapest 4k device in the known universe? yawn?@Paul t.

Harley
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Harley

What do you think will be the recommend retail price for this from Kingnovel?

And again I ask are they helping to work on HEVC/H.265 support for XBMC?

Javi
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Most of chinese factories keep showing that “ANDROID” on the case. That is not legal, a box like this can be held in customs because that.

Jibril
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Jibril

@Javi
exactly…it’s allowed to use freely Bugdroid image but no “Android” text logo (trademarked by Google Inc.)
These are the guide lines -> http://developer.android.com/distribute/tools/promote/brand.html

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The case reminds me some Linksys WRT routers like WRT-120N

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[…] I’ve inserted two AAA batteries in the provided remote control, and it works as expect, but as usual, I’ve used Mele F10 Deluxe air mouse to control the device during my testing, since it’s impossible to use most apps with an IR remote control, XBMC/Kodi being one exception. I’ve connected an HDMI cable, a USB 3.0 hard drive to the USB 3.0 OTG port of the TV box, an Ethernet cable, a USB webcam, inserted an SD card, as well as a USB hub with RF dongles for my air mouse and Mars G01 gamepad, and USB flash drive. There’s no power button, and the board boots immediately as you connect the power. It takes about 44 seconds to complete, which is quite slower than the 20 seconds with Rockchip RK3288 TV boxes coming with a fast eMMC such as HPH NT-V6 or Kingnovel R6. […]