Development boards based on Rockchip RK3188 are a rarity, and until today, I only knew about Radxa Rock boards. Waxberry, a Chinese based company, already made some development boards such as Waxberry Pi2 based on Rockchip RK3066, and recently they’ve launched Waxberry Pi3 development board powered by Rockchip RK3188 processor, with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, a SATA port, expansion headers and more.
Waxberry Pi3 (aka WB-RK3188) specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad core @ 1.6Ghz + Mali-400 MP4 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 8GB NAND Flash (SK Hynix H27UCG8TETR) + micro-SD slot + SATA port
- Video Output – HDMI, LVDS connector, and AV output (TBC)
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- Audio I/O – HDMI, AV?, mic IN
- Camera – 24-pin CSI connector
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
- Misc – IR sensor, RTC with battery slot
- Expansions Header – 2x 48-pin headers
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
An Android 4.2.2 SDK is said to come with the board, but no links are provided. There’s absolutely nothing about WB-RK3188 on wax-berry.com, except in their forums with there’s a sub-forum dedicated to the new board, but without relevant posts, at least not readable without logging in. The obvious difference with a board like Radxa Rock is the addition of the SATA port, most probably via a USB to SATA bridge, and you do so the same with a USB to Ethernet dongle, but it’s a bit more neat that way, especially if you plan to put the board into an enclosure.
So I got all my information from their listing on Taobao where the board is sold for 499 CNY (~$82), and since the company has not been actively selling their previous board to oversea markets, this could remain a board focusing on the Chinese market. Waxberry Pi WB-RK3288 “development board” can also be found on their Taobao store for 599 CNY (~$98), but it looks more like a TV box board than a development board, albeit it comes with an Adnrodi 4.4.2 SDK.
Thank you Freire!
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.
The coastline ports layout is the same as Cubieboard2. Interesting.
Is it possible to order and get shipped to Europe from Taobao?
There are special services that do that, but not sure if they’re economical for a one off purchase. Have you checked aliexpress?
There are services like taobaoring, easytaobao, etc…
I’ve read their T&C once, and it works like this:
1. You pay for the price on taobao + 8% commission
2. They buy the product for you on taobao
3. Once they receive it, they tell you how much you have to pay for shipping
4. You pay for shipping and they send the parcel.
So you don’t know the exact price you’ll end up paying when you order, because shipping is not included.
But I’ve read people here and on G+ have tried it, and they seemed satisfied.
@onebir yeah, i checked aliexpress briefly, but couldn’t find it.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft), Thanks a lot for that info. Tricky part is you won’t know the shipping before after purchasing the item and you might end up paying a high price. Could be worth some items otherwise hard to get though 🙂
@fossxplorer It could well show up on Aliexpress within a few weeks. Those Tabao services mention their shipping rates in their T&Cs – usually it depends on package weight. You can get them to ask the seller the package weight & you’ll be able to work out shipping.