List of Rockchip RK3368 Android mini PCs

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Last year, Rockchip RK3288 was always going to be popular, since it offered a massive performance upgrade compared to its predecessor (Rockchip RK3188) with Cortex A17 cores replacing Cortex A9 cores, and a Mali-T764 GPU replacing an aging Mali-400MP4 GPU, plus the addition of 4K video output and decoding, as well as H.265 video codec support. So many manufacturers got involved that I decided to write a list of RK3288 TV boxes and sticks. Rockchip RK3368, the company’s new “flagship” processor for 2015, is a bit less exciting despite providing eight 64-bit ARM cores, since Cortex A53 cores are significantly less powerful than the Cortex A17 cores found in RK3288, and the performance of the PowerVR G6110 GPU used in the processor is a bit of an unknown for now. RK3368 might still rank pretty well in benchmark since it comes with eight cores instead of four cores, but I’m not convinced it will really show during normal use, although the upgrade to Android 5.1 on the newer processor may also help. The main improvement is probably support for 4K @ 60Hz video decoding and output (HDMI 2.0), which was not possible with RK3288 and lower end 4K UHD televisions.

Rockchip_RK3368_mini_PCNevertheless, it’s still interesting to look at new platforms, and I’ve compiled a list of RK3368 mini PCs announced so far, some of which already ship:

  • Eny EKB368 – TV box with 1 or 2GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG and HDMI 2.0. Price: TBD
  • Beelink i68 – TV box with 1 or 2 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG and HDMI 2.0. Price: $71 on GearBest (1GB RAM/8GB flash version)
  • Tronsmart Orion R68 – TV box based on Beelink i68 platform with two models:
    • Pro – 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG and HDMI 2.0. Price: $75 on GeekBuying.
    • Meta – 2 GB RAM, 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG and HDMI 2.0. Price: $99.99 on GeekBuying.
  • CSA90 – TV box with two models:
    • Model 1 – 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG and HDMI 2.0 & composite (RCA) output. Price: $70 on Aliexpress.
    • Model 2 – 2 GB RAM, 16 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG, and HDMI 2.0 & composite (RCA) output. Price: $96 on Aliexpress.
  • Rikomagic MK68 – TV box with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG and HDMI 2.0. Price: $111.90 on Aliexpress
  • Zero Devices Z64 – TV box apparently based on CSA90 “Model 2” but with Gigabit Ethernet. Price: $125 on Asiapads.
  • Measy B4T – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: $72.95 on Aliexpress
  • CloudnetGo CR13 Plus – TV box with 2 GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: TBD.
  • CloudnetGo CR18 – TV box with 2 GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 & composite (RCA) outputs. Price: TBD.
  • X6 – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth (Maybe), 2x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 & composite (RCA) outputs. Price: $57 on Aliexpress. Note: X6 model was supposed to be for the Chinese market, but the few who bought appear satisfied.
  • Himedia H7 III – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 & composite (RCA) outputs. Price: $89.89 on Aliexpress. The firmware is likely in Chinese only (TBC).
  • Ugoos UT4 – Upcoming RK3368 TV Box with Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi. Listing found on Android Warehouse. Price: TDB

All boxes run Android 5.1, and prices when available including shipping. The cheapest and lower end model is X6 selling for $57, with other 1GB RAM/8GB flash boxes selling for around $70. The best devices in terms of features appear to be Rikomagic MK68 and Tronsmart Orion R68 Meta both with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi, and selling respectively for $100 and $112. For reference, their Rockchip RK3288 equivalent, namely Tronsmart Orion R28 Meta and Rikomagic MK902 II sell respectively for $115 and $113. So far, nobody appears to have come up with a Rockchip RK3368 HDMI TV stick. Not sure whether the cause is fading demand for sticks, the CPU gets a little too hot, or we just need to be patient.

Corrections and additions to the list are more than welcome.

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They still seem to be a little on the expensive side, especially since most have just 1GB of RAM. This is how it always was with a new SOC though so in a few months prices should come down.

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Hallo, is USB 2.0 enough to play 4K content? I dont understand why none of these boxes have USB 3.0 or sata connector.

ben
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Interesting that the (rk3368) cortex a53 is less powerful than the (rk3188) a9 or (rk3288) a17, yet can do 4k!

all the tv boxes seem to have similar specs, so it may just come down to price. I’ll wait for one that has atsc or pvr capabilities

max
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@ben
Nobody uses cpu to decode video these day. Hell, you would need an i7 to do a 4k decode using just the cpu.

Douglas
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I ordered a 2GB CSA90 at the beginning of the summer, and mine arrived a week or two ago. In terms of UI, it is fantastically fast, and for 1080p content, its’ great, but I’ve been unable to get 4k content working smoothly on it. It ships with Kodi, not SPMC, and the Play store SPMC version plays back to a corrupted surface (garbage video, even wrong size). I’ve tried playing back h264 and VP9 [email protected], the former is smoother but they’re both choppy. I’ve got an HEVC file that I haven’t yet tried to play back, but that seems even less likely. YouTube on the device is limited to 720p, though the best answer I have for that is that it’s not using ExoPlayer, which is required for >720p. I have tried tricks to force it, but I’m stuck. Maybe in another couple of months these boxes will be worth it, but for the moment it seems like a lost cause… 🙁

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Hap Hapablap

You mentioned that RK 3368 has support for H265 video codec. Does that include support for 10bit H265 as well?

mirror
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zidoo Rockchip 3368 device coming soon:)

senappy
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senappy

Received the Beelink i68 and testing showed that the shipped firmware did not support [email protected] HDMI 2.0 output. I am in contact with the company and they said they would be releasing new firmware to fix that. I’m hopeful, but why would they have advertised 4K UI output when they obviously haven’t tested it?

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these SOC are not designed for a Linux server/desktop. They are for tv box or pad and so they are cheap enough…

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Himedia H7 III it’s only for chinese market.
Himeida H8 IV it’s for usa/europe market and 2gb ram and 16gb storage http://www.himediatech.com/h8core.html

The BIG missing of RK3368 is Audio HD (no hardware support) … so: no Audio HD no party!

Peter Noterfed
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@massimo
The prob with Hi media is there is no support from them.

Only one firmware with bugs and that’s it.

I would not touch their devices with a bargepole….ever again.

senappy
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senappy

@cnxsoft
The company is assuring me that it will do 4K UI after the firmware update. Curious if you think the RK3368 will be able to support a simple android app in [email protected] Many mobile phone processors can push that many pixels (maybe not at 60hz) – how about this processor?

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@Peter Noterfed
Himedia have good support for usa/europe device Q5/Q10/M3, Q5 it’ s best andorid device i have try for quality of picure and stable (never crash) ad update ( last firmware was lat mounth ). see this post:
https://www.avforums.com/threads/himedia-q5-android-media-player-review.1965902/#post-22329972
http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=207730

from fist test Himeida H8 IV have audio HD support , very straying.

mirror
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@massimo
ZIDOO rk3368 device Support HD Audio,KODI 15.0 Isengard Support hardware decoding,Support 4K HEVC 10-Bit 🙂

massimo
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@mirror
Audio HD 7.1 passthrough work external player and/or kodi internal(dvdplayer) ?
ZIDOO rk3368 support Adjust display refresh rate to match video 24/50/60 and 23.976 fps with KODI?

Support 4K HEVC 10-Bit it’s big news! 1080p h.265/h264 10 bit?

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mirror :
zidoo Rockchip 3368 device coming soon:)

Thank God Zidoo is finaly giving up on the Allloser and MStar Weakling-SOCs. Hurray for picking something powerfull this time.

massimo
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KODI 15.0 Isengard Support hardware decoding,Support 4K HEVC 10-Bit

from freaktab and minixforum report: “RK3368 – It does not support 10bit HEVC, confirmed this with RK.” Zidoo X6 have new/special firmware?

mirror
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@massimo
Hi,ZIDOO X6 Support support Adjust display refresh rate to match video 24/50/60 and 23.976 fps with KODI

massimo
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massimo

@mirror
good news , without stutter ?
HD audio work with kodi? ( atmos included )

mirror
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@massimo
Sorry,Can’t Support HEVC 10-bit now.My mistake,and HD Audio is just in video player may be temporary,We are solving it in kodi

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Javi
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Javi

RK3368 does not support 10-bit

RK3288 – YES

S905 – I think yes, but its datasheet is not clear enough…

Coming S912 – YES

Javi
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Javi

INPHIC i8R is coming too (RK3368) with 2GB RAM – 16GB eMMC

Can be seen at Hong Kong Fair next month

Javi
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Javi

cnxsoft :
Ugoos has another RK3368 model: UG-430 @ http://ugoos.net/rk3368-ug430-android-lollipop-tvbox

I have this product in my office from 1 month ago or more. Sample from design house

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