Rikomagic became a much better known company when they launched MK802 TV stick in 2012, and over the years they’ve kept introducing new products, and I’ve just received a review sample of their latest Rikomagic MK22 octa-core Android TV box powered by Amlogic S912 processor. I’ve posted photos of the device and its accessories, and check out the hardware design in the first part of the review, before testing Android 6.0 firmware in the second part in a few weeks.
Rikomagic MK22 Unboxing
I received MK22 in its black and white retail package.
The back of the package details the main features, and the hardware specifications.
Instead of printing a user’s manual that anybody will hardly read, the company instead printed a QR Core to MK22 user’s manual download link.
The TV box ships with a 5V/2.5A power supply, an HDMI cable, and an IR remote control that looks the same as used with Ugoos TV boxes and GeekBox board.
The case is made of plastic with the top having a speaker like design. We’ll find a USB port, a micro SD slot, and the firmware recovery pinhole on one of the sides, and an external WiFi antenna, two more USB 2.0 ports, optical S/PDIF output, AV and HDMI 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector, and the power jack on the rear panel.
Rikomagic MK22 Teardown
In order to open the device, I had to remove the four rubber pads on the bottom of the case, and loosen four screws.
One of them was really hard to remove, but I eventually managed, and could have a closer look at CZ-S29-V2 board, which has a naming scheme very similar to CZ-S32-V2.1 board found in R-Box Pro TV box.
A now common black and relatively thin heatsink is placed on top of Amlogic S912 processor, which is connected to a 16GB Samsung KLMAG2WEMB-B031 eMMC 5.0 flash (Seq. R/W: 170/11 MB/s; IOPS R/W: 4000/500), and two SKHynix H5TQ45G3CFR DDR3 chips (1GB RAM) on this side of the board. The board also features AP6330 wirelress module for dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as Pulse H5007NL and Realtek RTL8211F for Gigabit Ethernet. The serial console should be the unpopulated 4-pin on the right side, right one top of two unused USB 2.0 PCB footprints. The 24-pin unpopulated header on the bottom right are probably reserved for a front panel LCD display.
The bottom of the board comes with two more SKHynix DDR3 chip to bring the total to 2GB RAM, as well as a sticker with a MAC address starting with 78:C2:C0, corresponding to any unregistered MAC address range, but again the same range as found in R-Box Pro.
I’d like to thank Rikomagic for sending the box for review, and if you are interested in the device, the company sells MK22 TV box on their Aliexpress store for $90.90 including shipping. I could also find it listed on GearBest, but it’s currently “out of stock”.
[Update: Part 2 is up @ Rikomagic MK22 Review – Part 2: Android Firmware, Video & Audio in Kodi, Benchmarks…]
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.
10 Replies to “Rikomagic MK22 Octa-core Android TV Box Review – Part 1: Unboxing and Teardown”
Too big and bulky, I’d rather have s812 than s912. Just me
Are any of these tv boxes not just crap? I’ve bought a couple and both were useless. Just want a reliable box to stream internet video feeds via Android apps … E.g fox sports go.
Its simple STOP buying unsupported Android media player rubbish from Asia.
Go with the brands names that actually care about how Android and Kodi actually perform, those from the established players that also do have proper DRM approvals for paid content 4K or 1080p video streaming:
– nVIDIA Shield
– WeTek Core / Hub / Play2
– Amazon FireTV2
Cutting edge AMLogic Android boxes are the worst possible media players on the market. Hyped up to the hilt, buggy and unsupported 99% of the time. “Supported” does not mean everything works properly.
Its all marketing bullshit !
Unsuported AMLogic Android boxes should come with their own can of Bug killer they are that bad !
In Google Chrome is the “desktop version” using this option in the netflix site would be possible to run netflix at 720p?
Best to declde apps you want then ask owners of desired box if it works. freaktab.com or a unbias forum for your country.
I have an Rikomagic MK06 (Amlogic S905).
Is there a really perfomance improvement with this new model??
I only use the device to video streaming (youtube, Kodi), and browsing with google chrome..
Rikomagic anounced “MK22 plus” with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal: (Spanish web)
I don’t expect you to see much improvement, even for web browsing.
See second part of review: http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/11/07/rikomagic-mk22-review-part-2-android-firmware-video-audio-in-kodi-benchmarks/
What is the 48-pin Samsung chip on the front of the device?
The only Samsung chip I can see is the eMMC flash