Rockchip RK3036 Android 4.4 TV Boxes with H.265 Codec Support To Sell for $10

Rockchip announced RK3368 64-bit processor yesterday for mid-range tablets and 4K media player, but the company also have some new ultra low cost TV box and HDMI TV stick solution with Rockchip RK3036 dual core Cortex A7 processor that will go into $9.9 TV boxes running Android 4.4. The price is most probably factory price, but that means $20 H.265/HEC capable Android media players are probably around the corner. You can already get an RK3066 TV dongle (MK808 and similar) for less than $30 in Aliexpress, so the new solution will likely decrease the price by $5 to $10.

RK3036_TV_Box

Technical specifications of RK3036 reference design:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3036 dual core Cortex A7 processor @ up to 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP GPU
  • System Memory – 256MB DDR3 or DDR3L
  • Storage – 2GB flash. RK3036 supports MLC NAND, eMMC 4.5.
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4a. The chip also supports CVBS, and optical S/PDIF.
  • (Main) Video Codecs – 1080p multi format decoder including H.265 / H.264 codecs. H.264 encoding.
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (possibly using Expressif ESP8089). The chip also supports 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port. (Two USB interfaces are provided by the SoC)

The RAM is really on the low side, but Rockchip has said they further optimized Android 4.4 to run on 256 MB RAM. Lots of apps will probably fail to run properly on this platform, and such device should be mostly reserved to video playback. I’m not even quite sure Kodi would run with that little RAM.

A few more details may eventually be added to RK3036 product page.
[Update: Just to get a better grasp to what might be the actual online retail price. Rockchip announced $10 RK2928 miracast dongles in 2013, which are now selling for $16 to $20 shipped, so something around $20 to $25 on Aliexpress should be feasible on RK3036 devices become available]

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zoobab
5 years ago

If they could expose some GPIOs, that would be a Rpi killer 🙂

onebir
onebir
5 years ago

@zoobab
Maybe Tom Cubie is listening 😉
Any ideas how this confusingly named RK3036 might compare with RK3066?

Tsvetan
Tsvetan
5 years ago

I don’t know where do you come with these prices, but for me $10 is already expensive, I bet this board will be released for $3 (c’mon guys check the memory prices, this board will be with BOM $15 or more, to claim someone will sell it for $10 is quite unrealistic and misleading)

milkboy
milkboy
5 years ago

@Tsvetan
well last weekend, i just got my hands on a RK3128 device, H265 capable device, and it cost 100CN(<20USD) with shipping in china.
Configuration of 512MB RAM, 8GB ROM. after opening the box, it came with SCSsemicon ram, skhynix NAND, wifi chip ESP8089

soo…. $10 for the board with that spec, AT A BULK PRICE, is realistic and feasible, IMO
i would assume retail price @ <$15.

P.S. its running Baidu/Alibaba YUNos, based on android 4.4(checked with antutu).
P.P.S does any one know any Creative common H.265 1080p Video?

milkboy
milkboy
5 years ago

P.P.P.S RK3128 is the quad core cortex A7 version of RK3036. the price tag surely meant for distributor not consumer

fgf
fgf
5 years ago

but allwinner a20 is $5 only

Paul Taraneh
Paul Taraneh
5 years ago

In bulk being the key words

milkboy
milkboy
5 years ago


thx…..
i had forgotten bout that article and Google wasn’t a help

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

2Gb DDR is sub $1 now (Elpida, Spectek), 4G flash is sub $2.50. You can make this board for $10.

Here’s a better RK3128 board you can buy right now for $11.50 Q1000.
http://detail.1688.com/offer/520195357110.html?spm=0.0.0.0.a17JNq
512MB, 8GB, wifi, Ethernet, etc

Athar
Athar
3 years ago

1. Any late news on the $10 or so price for the RK3066 dual board?

2. Are 256MB enough for SPMC if not Kodi?

Athar
Athar
3 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) OK, thanks. Is there a good tutorial on Android hacking somewhere? I guess both RK3066+ and S905L will be used to build sub$20 products by this summer. Looks like these chips are ahead of H3/5 with mainlining. Armlogic itself seems quite hacker friendly, and Rockchips are getting there. The V88 RK3229 is pre rooted according to a popular YouTube review. It is interesting to see how these Android boxes now cost same BoM, maybe less, than their xPi board comparables, as finished products that are sold in quantity, have active communities including cnxsoft, and come with own… Read more »

Athar
Athar
3 years ago

One more: Do you know if you can use external Wifi antennas with these cheap Android boxes e.g , V88 RK?

Do you need to disable/bypass internal PCB antennas first?

Athar
Athar
3 years ago

Read the press release. Do you know how much will it cost?

The $10 board was a fantastic idea…

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

A Rockchip PX5 TV box might of been interesting

Yehuda
Yehuda
2 years ago

Hi,

1. Where can I purchase a this board?
2. Does it come with supporting SW?

Thanks, Yehuda

Yehuda
Yehuda
2 years ago

Thank you.
In case I would like to develop an application based on the RK3036, to whom should I approach in order to get such development board?

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