Rockchip RK3229 quad Cortex A7 processor powers some of the cheapest TV boxes on the market. One of them is A95X R1 with 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, which likeother RK3229 boxes supports both 4K H.265 and H.264, and outputs up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz via its HDMI 2.0 interface. GearBest is now selling the device for $19.99 shipped using coupon AA95XR1.
A95X R1 specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB flash + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 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 (RTL8189)
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Power Supply – 5V
- Dimensions – 9.3 x 9.3 x 1.5 cm
- Weight – 120 grams
The box runs Android 6.0, and ships with a power adapter, a user manual, and an IR remote controller. There’s no HDMI cable in the description, but unboxing photo on GearBest clearly show one is included, so you may not have to source your own.
I have not reviewed this particular device, you could get an idea from other reviews of devices based on Rockchip RK3229 such as Zidoo X1 II. You’ll also find various A95X R1 reviews on YouTube.
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.
How soon can we expect it to die and never boot again?
One or two months… 🙂
But seriously difficult to know without stats on returns.
All I have is anecdotal “evidence”, and here, where it’s hot an humid, I’ve had several reports that the cheaper boxes only last a few months. But I’ve also had people telling me they’ve been using such cheap boxes as Linux servers for almost a year.
What a scam from GB. Even with the so called “promo code”, it ends up being $24.06 to Europe. Shipping is higher than EVER at GB.
Still $19.99 for me using China warehouse with “Priority line” shipping (not to Europe though).
Spend a little more get Android 7.1.2 and A53
16,99€ with Europe Railway Registered
It comes with a firmware never to be updated again.
So tempting, just so I can find out if it has the same banding issue that i get with the s905 on old crt tvs…..but money is short…grrrrr
Can I install Debian or Ubuntu?
It might be possible, but there does not seem to be a lot of activity on RK3229.
Really cheap. You dare to buy it?