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.
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.
The company send me the device by DHL in the package below marked with “4K Ultra HD 4k2K OTT TV BOX”.
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.
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.
You can watch the unboxing video below if you please.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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