MA8-4K is yet another TV box running Android 5.1 on Rockchip RK3229 quad core Cortex A7 processor, but it might one of the cheapest right now, as GearBest offers it for $18.99 shipped with GBMA87 coupon instead of $27.99 “flash sale” price. This is likely valid for only a few hundred boxes.
- SoC – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB flash + micro 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 – 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (AP6051 chip); Bluetooth is mentioned in title, but not in description, so it’s unclear whether it’s implemented.
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Power Supply – 5V/1.5A
- Dimensions – 11.20 x 11.20 x 2.30 cm
- Weight – 107 grams
The box runs Android 5.1, ships with a power adapter and a user’s manual in English. The remote control is not part of the package list, but they do mention “The remote control is powered by 2 x AAA batteries (not included) in the list of main features.
There’s no mention of Kodi support in the description, so it’s unclear whether there’s a custom Kodi version pre-installed. Kodi 17.3 from the Google Play Store will not work well on anything below Android 7.1 for Rockchip device, as my experience with Vorke Z3 has shown. So I would not purchase as a Kodi box, at least if you plan on using the latest version. I previously reviewed two Rockchip RK3229 with MXQ 4K and Zidoo X1 II. I abandoned the review for the former since the firmware was unusable, but Zidoo X1 II worked fairly well for H.265 and H.264 videos and audio pass-through.
Talking about cheap devices, sometimes I sell samples locally after reviews, and I’ve got several reports with cheap models (around $30) that they work fine… for about 2 or 3 months, and then just die, and people come back for a better and more expensive model.
Maybe it’s because of the hot and humid climate here, but it’s something to keep in mind, as “buy cheap, buy twice” may be at play here.
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.
Unless we can run Linux on this, i would’t bother even for that price!
I completely agree!
Maybe someday these manufacturers will catch on…
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I’ve got several reports with cheap models (around $30) that they work fine… for about 2 or 3 months, and then just die i’ve been using those cheap arm tv boxes to install linux nas/print/plex servers for 3 years, they usually run 24/7 (mostly idle) and i have suffered very few failures on the 3-4 dozens installed (3 failures as far as i can remember), various (no)brands, 80% amlogic. It’s most certainly not a large enough sample to get accurate statistics but i could not say if those pcb boards have a higher failure rate than some high end GPU… Read more »
The most important is when not using, just to make sure turn off the power. I believed the box die faster is because the box is over heating.
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