Rockchip RK3368 64-bit ARM Android Boxes Are Coming Soon

Yesterday, Rockchip had an event for their Atom x3-C3230RK SoCs (previously known as Sofia)  developed in collaboration with Intel, and upcoming Android 5.1 tablets and smartphones based on the new platform, as well as progress with their first 64-bit ARM SoC (RK3368) that is now integrated into Android TV boxes, albeit still in development. Padnews wrote a summary of the event, but in this post I’ll focus on Rockchip RK3368 hardware.

Rockchip RK3368 TV Box Board (Click to Enlarge)

One of the first product will be X6 TV box. Padnews did not have a readable picture with the specs, but Eric of Geekbuying also went to the event, and kindly provided a clear picture with the specs (Mali-600MP is however not the GPU used in RK3368):

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 octa core Cortex A53 processor with PowerVR G6110 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.x/2.0/3.x, OpenGL 3.2, DirectX 9.3, OpenCL 1.2 EP, and Renderscript
  • System Memory – 1 or 2 GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 to 16 GB eMMC flash
  • Video Output – HDMI, composite RCA
  • Audio Output – HDMI, stereo RCA
  • Connectivity – Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB host port, 1x USB OTG port (full size)
  • Dimensions – 188 x 115 x 34 mm

The device will run Android 5.0.

Traditionally, Rockchip has gone with Mali GPUs, except with RK3168, and now, RK3368 that features PowerVR G6110, the most powerful GPU of imagination’s entry-level PowerVR Series6XE family.

Don’t expect amazing performance, as RK3368 will not be quite as fast as RK3288, but it will be more cost effective. I’ve also been told X6 has been designed or the Chinese market only, and won’t be sold overseas, but that other RK3368 products are being developed for the rest of the world…

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32 Replies to “Rockchip RK3368 64-bit ARM Android Boxes Are Coming Soon”

  1. So its the next gen and 64bit but its not even as fast as the past gen and still doesnt support GB Ethernet or 802.11ac wifi? This has fail written all over it

  2. when the h..
    they move to X86 as Intel CEO said ???
    never ?? 🙂
    it is 2 year old story from Intel peon

  3. kusta :

    Demetris :
    No its not anymore , used to be though

    It’s still closed source as they dont share anything for Android SDK and so on….

    You are ofc wrong my friend everything you need is out there way back to RK3066 you just need skills to tweak to own needs

  4. A typo?
    >and now, RK3288 that features PowerVR G6110
    It should be 3368, right?
    Also, why do you think 64 bit octa core A53 will be less fast than A17 quad core? You mean processor frequency rather than overall performance…?

  5. @olin
    I’ve fixed the typo.

    Cortex A53 is the 64-bit successor of Cortex A7 core. (2.3 DMIPS/MHz vs 1.9 DMIPS/MHz)
    So it’s a low power core. To get any performance improvement over current Cortex A15/A17 processor, we’ll need to see Cortex A57 or A72 processors.

    Maybe I should write a post with a chart to explain this.

  6. I thought one of the main changes in RK3368 was support for HDMI 2.0 and 4K@60fps HEVC decode with 4K@60Hz output?

  7. @Gabe

    Be very careful of cheap products. They usually come with low quality RAM/EMMC, no heatsinks with no firmware updates afterwards and locked bootloaders. I think the RK3288 still has lots more firmware support and troubleshooting done and it will take several months before RK3368 is as stable, software wise.

  8. Prima.king :
    No information about a possible RK3388 ?

    No RK3388, Rockchip chose “RK3368” because the number “38” is not a lucky number (they do not like, like our “13” and similar).

    Confirmed by them just now

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