MXQ 4K RK3229 Android TV Box Sells for $29.99 Shipped

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This morning I wrote about Sunchip CX-R9 TV box based on Rorkchip RK3229 that is said to be selling for $32, as long as you buy 1,000 pieces, but the new Rockchip SoC might truly disrupt the low-end market, as MXQ 4K RK3299 TV box has just launched on GeekBuying where it is sold for only $29.99 shipped.

MXQ-4K_H.265_VP9_TV_Box

MXQ-4K specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with  ARM Mali-400MP2
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K2K @ 60 fps, and 3.5mm AV output (composite)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and coaxial S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
MXQ-4KThe device runs Android 4.4 with Kodi 16, and the specs list 10-bit H.264 and H.265, without mention of VP9 (but it should support it up to 4K @ 30 fps), and will ship with an IR remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter and a user’s manual.
MXQ-4K_RK3229_Antutu

With a quad core Cortex A7 processor the device won’t be a top of the benchmark charts, and GeekBuying reports 21,134 points in Antutu 6.0, but if you just want to play 4K videos at 60 fps, or even just 10-bit H.264 (Hi10p) videos, you can certainly not beat the price. I hope to get a sample soon to check it’s actual video playback abilities.

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dewettie
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dewettie

Best to avoid MXQ devices.
For their AMLogic devices there are daily posts in Kodi forum for asking for help with video playback and firmware issues.
Best to wait until another higher quality manufacturer starts making RK3229 devices.
If you want support or firmware updates for MXQ devices there is no company you can go to directly for support.
I also hope this is not the start of another ‘clone wars’ of MXQ devices to flood the market.

onebir
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onebir

A good entry-level device for people that want to try out Netflix, in countries that just got access?

Gabe
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Gabe

@onebir
You mean Netflix in SD, right?

Tony
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Tony

Isn’t this a brand new chip?
Why are we still seeing Android 4.4.
Hell shouldnt they be at least 5.1 if not 6!!!

natsu
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natsu

@Tony
it uses A7 cores, android lollipop and above is a little too heavy for them :p

Techy
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Techy

Shame that none of this devices cant bring netflix in hd nor any other streaming service in US at HD quality:/

OK
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OK

@Tony

why do they still use mali 400?

Greg Dalton
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Greg Dalton

H.265 and an AV port for $30?
Sounds perfect for one of the spare rooms…

Geezer
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Geezer

@Techy
Ability to run Netflix in HD is not strictly about hardware. You must get the blessing of Netflix who has been very reluctant to endorse Android manufacturers other than a select few. Weitek is one that comes to mind and a few others based on Android TV like Nvidia Shield box.

dewettie
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dewettie

onebir :
A good entry-level device for people that want to try out Netflix, in countries that just got access?

I don’t think people in countries other than the US are that much interested in Netflix anymore since they now started to ban VPN usage to access the US content. Other countries only get a third of the US content but have to pay the same price as US users. Local streaming services in other countries will gain much better support. Eg. in my country you get a service that’s a lot cheaper than Netflix and you can use it in HD on any device, it also has download support and more content.

Greg Dalton
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Greg Dalton

VP9 is listed om the Geekbuying page linked…

Gadget Friendly
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@OK

Ive often wondered the same thing, its like Chinese manufactures refuse to let go of this old ass GPU smh

Tony
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Tony

Is it easy to rank Chinese ARM SoC manufacturers (Rockchip, AMLogic, AllWinner) in order of best Linux SDK support?

dewettie
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dewettie

Tony :
Is it easy to rank Chinese ARM SoC manufacturers (Rockchip, AMLogic, AllWinner) in order of best Linux SDK support?

It’s the same as you ranked.
Best to avoid Allwinner as their devices has lots of hardware and software issues.
I’m running Kodi on Linux on Rockchip RK3288 & RK3368 and it works well.
AMLogic has Openelec support but I haven’t seen any full Linux OS running on their devices.

Tony
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Tony

The C.H.I.P project has selected an AllWinner SoC, so the transition from headless to FULL O/S is coming soon I suppose.

vince
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@Gadget Friendly

Yes….that PACKING BOX above seems to be wrong. It states that the device has a Quad core GPU.

but Mali 400 MP2……contains infact 3 cores. (2 are “fragment” processors and 1 is a “vertex” processor)

Mail 400 MP4…..contains 5 cores. (4 are fragment(p’s) and 1 is a vertex p.)

so it’s wrong (according to what google says)

http://www.notebookcheck.net/ARM-Mali-400-MP4.110719.0.html

Gabe
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Gabe

They seem to reuse packaging, because it really doesn’t matter. The inside counts.

Gabe
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Gabe

Did anybody get the box?
How is it?

natsu
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natsu

first review of an rk3299 device
handle very well 4k video at high biterate (the last demo konka [email protected])
very impressive for a so cheap device
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUsYPhzps1I

pajaja
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pajaja

@Gabe
Well, I’m one of the fools, who has got it … totally unusable.
System hangs very often, Kodi, upgraded from v15.2 RC2 (embedded) to v15.2 stable, doesn’t even start (I’ve got to go back to factory reset).
Wondering whether there is going to be available firmware update from v1.0.0 … 🙂
Anyway – a toy for an enthusiast, who doesn’t care about frequent restarts (just by pulling the power cord out) isn’t 29.90 USD so bad …

pajaja
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pajaja
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pajaja

@cnxsoft
I’ve written a negative comment considering this MXQ-4K on Geekbuying site with only one star rating – the comment is there, but – BINGO – with FOUR STARS !!! 🙁

unitron
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unitron

cnxsoft :
MXQ 4K firmware upgrade @ http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/02/20/mxq-4k-rk3229-smart-tv-box-firmware-update/

Probably this isn’t an upgrade, but the original firmware looking at the date of the firmware > 27012016

eric
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@natsu
This is not a tronsmart brand, i don’t know why they put tronsmart name on the title :((

jack
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@natsu
check again… 43.00

data
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data

I would really like a review from cnxsoft of a rk3229 box ( for power consumptions measurements mainly)…

data
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data

ok thanks. does clicking the android 4.4 bottom menu bar icons put it in standby ? same with the remote (up left)”power” button ?

fubag
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fubag

@cnxsoft
will the firmware updates you posted from geekbuying for the MXQ boxes work on the MX4, or safe to assume no?

data
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data

not sure I understand your measures :
standby power consumption: 1.4 to 2.0 Watts : all this only to receive infrared remote ON signal ?
5.2W is android lowest idle power but with an HDD ?

data
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data

seems like most RK3229 box PCBs are not rooted : do you confirm ? is it easy to unroot with kingroot ?

Scoffie
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Scoffie

Do you still suggest buying one today? I saw it on Geekbuying for $29.99.

Mike Burnett
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Mike Burnett

My box only plays in black and white through the AV socket, I’ve changed it from PAL to NTSC but nothing works can you help, is there a setting or is it faulty?

Mike Burnett
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Mike Burnett

@cnxsoft
Thanks for replying, not sure what to do, it’s the latest firmware…