There’s a three processors fight right now in the Android mini PC market with Rockchip RK3288, Allwinner A80, and Amlogic S802/S812 SoCs. All have their own strength and weaknesses, and have about the same performance, but so far I like Rockchip RK3288 for 3D gaming, Amlogic S802 and S812 for video playback, and Allwinner A80 for its possibly better potential to run Linux desktop distributions (TBC). Rikomagic have already been selling Rikomagic MK902 II powered by Rockchip RK3288 processor for a little while, and they’ve now announced two new upcoming products: MK80 with Allwinnert A80, and MK12 with Amlogic S812.
- SoC – AllWinner Ultra Core A80 4x Cortex 15 @ 2016 MHz, 4x Cortex A7 @ 1320 MHz big.LITTLE processor with Imagination Technologies PowerVR GC6230 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, Directx 9.3
- System Memory – 2GB (MK80), or 4GB (MK80 Plus) RAM
- Storage – 16 GB (MK80) or 32GB (MK80 Plus) eMMC + external SATA port (via a USB 2.0 bridge) + micro SD up to 64GB
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 + AV port
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV and optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with external antenna, Bluetooth 4.0 (TBC)
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports.
- Power Supply – 12V/2A
The board will run Android Kitkat, and they also claim 4K2K H.265 support, which is probably a mistake, since Allwinner only claims H.265 support up to 1080p30, and the codec is not even listed in Allwinner A80 datasheet, contrary to H.264, VC-1 and others. And in my Draco AW80 review, another Allwinner A80 box, none of my H.265 videos could play with H/W decoded in either Kodi or MX Player. So H.265 support @ 2160p is not something I would expect to be possible with Allwinner A80, although I’d be happy to be proven wrong. MK80 and MK80 Plus specifications match exactly the one for Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta and Telos mini PCs, so I would not be surprised if they were based on the same Sunchip board.
- SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with octa-core Mali-450MP6 GPU @ 600+ MHz
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
- Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330)
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K2K @ 30 Hz
- Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG
- Power Supply – 5V/2.5A
- Dimensions – 116 x 112 x 18.91 mm
MK12 will run Android 4.4 Kitkat, and support 4K2K H.265 video codec. It’s also the first Amlogic TV box I’ve seen that feature the promised Gigabit Ethernet port, so let’s hope that part is correct. The box will ship with an HDMI cable, a USB cable, a power supply, a remote control, and a user’s manual in English.
Pricing and availability information is not available for either MK80 or MK12 for now.
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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