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Rockchip RK3288 To Be Phased Out Soon? GPD XD+ Android Console To Get Mediatek MT8176 SoC, 4GB RAM Upgrade

[Update: I have now seen an email exchange with ASUS replying that Rockchip RK3288 will still be in production for 5 years, so GPD claims that manufacturing will stop for RK3288 may be incorrect, or misunderstood

Update 2: Rockchip has now confirmed RK3288 will not be phased out. So I’m guessing there may have been info lost in translation with GPD simply not manufacturing their own RK3288 board anymore]

Rockchip RK3288 32-bit Arm processor was first spotted in a company presentation in the summer of 2013, before being announced – with some confusion (Cortex A12 vs A17) – at CES 2014 in January. The quad core Cortex A17 processor had then its moments of glory with inclusion in products such as Chromebooks (2015), and ASUS Tinker board SBC earlier this year.

Another product based on the processor is GPD XD Android game console, but according to a report on reddit, GPD will soon launch an upgraded version call XD+ powered by Mediatek MT8176 Hexa-core Cortex A72/A53 processor with 4GB RAM, mainly because “Rockchip are phasing out sales of the RK3288”. If true, it means most products based on the chip will soon be phased out or upgraded to another solution. How long each product will keep selling will depend on the stocks held by the manufacturer.

GPD XD+ console preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT8176 hexa-core processor with 2x Cortex A72 cores @ 2.1 GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores @ 1.7 GHz, and Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU (as used in Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 tablet)
  • System Memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 32GB and up internal storage, micro SD slot
  • Display – 5″ 720p capacitive touch display
  • Video Output – 1x mini HDMI
  • Audio – Dual speaker, via HDMI output, 1x 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Dual band WiFi, Bluetooth
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Buttons – Power button, cross button, dual-character button(A/B/X/Y;△/○/×/□), L1/L2/L3/R1/R2/R3, joysticks, Start/Select button, Volume +/-, Back,Android function, Home, Keymapper button
  • Sensor – 3-axis gravity sensor
  • Battery – TBD
  • Power Supply – TBD
  • Dimensions – 155 x 89 x 24 mm
  • Weight – ~300 grams

The device will run Android 7.x, and as you’ll see from the video below some people already got prototypes, with the device achieving 74,500 points in Antutu 6, and a the following Geekbench scores: Single core: 1375; multi core 3529.

The physical aspect of XD+ looks exactly the same as XD, but performance should be quite better with the Cortex A72 cores and PowerVR GPU in the Mediatek SoC, and some games did run better on the new model in the video above. Some games also only work with 64-bit Arm, so more games will be supported.

GPD XD+ is expected to start selling in Q1 2018 with some resellers mentioning January, while other telling the February-March timeframe is more likely. It will all depend on results of testing of the beta units, and other potential production delays.

I contacted Rockchip to try to get more information about the timeline of RK3288 end-of-life status, but I did not get an answer in time for this article. I’ll update it if I get an answer.

Via Liliputing

  1. December 7th, 2017 at 18:22 | #1

    not true

    • alevan
      December 7th, 2017 at 21:48 | #2

      What’s not true?

  2. December 8th, 2017 at 08:26 | #3

    Actually, Rockchip there was a new revision RK3288W and will be in long term lifetime.

  3. December 8th, 2017 at 09:25 | #4

    Good to know. Because RK3288 EOL was mentioned twice, once in Reddit, and the second time in the video.
    So maybe RK3288 will be phased out, but RK3288W will be sold instead? Any differences between RK3288 and RK3288W, or are they the same?

    vamrs and gouwa are good sources, because both make Rockchip boards (Rock960 and Khadas VIM).

  4. December 8th, 2017 at 09:37 | #5

    RK3288w is the new revision of RK3288, W stands for Windows? The improvement includes Direct X support.

  5. December 8th, 2017 at 09:50 | #6

    Good. Now i can see RK3288W was demoed in Windows 10 tablets in January 2016. But not much info since then.
    But based on your comments, that mean the effort is still going on, and we may see Rockchip Windows tablets/laptops soon?

  6. nobe
    December 8th, 2017 at 13:43 | #7

    another thing, rk3288 is one of the 3 chips that Rockchip officially supports in their opensource / mainlining efforts.
    It would have been such a waste if it was already phased out.

  7. Demetris
    December 8th, 2017 at 17:05 | #8

    RK3288W is also used in chromeOS(chromebooks) and Windows Tablets

  8. December 8th, 2017 at 17:10 | #9

    Do you mean it’s already in devices?

  9. tkaiser
    December 8th, 2017 at 17:31 | #10

    Pipo U8T for example 🙂

    And I just spotted some commits referencing RK3288W as ‘rk3288v2’ with own DVFS/thermal settings.

  10. December 8th, 2017 at 17:33 | #11

    Yes, that’s the one I saw demonstrated in 2016, but I can’t find it anywhere for sale, and a search for RK3288W in Aliexpress or Alibaba returns nothing at all.

  11. theguyuk
    December 8th, 2017 at 20:05 | #12

    ” For the moment the SoC designated is the Rockchip RK3288W which, according to what the Chinese company tells us, will not have substantial novelties compared to the RK3288 chip mounted on tablets and TV-Box with Android and the suffix “W” should only serve to distinguish the destination for a different software platform. We do not exclude, however, as already happened for the Rockchip RK3288C specific for Chromebook , there may be small differences in terms of maximum frequency achievable “”

    Source forced translate , Sun, 10 Jan. 16 Crystal Palm article


  12. December 8th, 2017 at 20:15 | #13

    Info published in January 2016 is OK for historical purpose, but what we need is recent info, since what was written in 2016 may not be relevant today.

  13. tkaiser
    December 8th, 2017 at 20:37 | #14

    Yep, you’re right. The only somewhat useful reference I found is from May this year and then these pretty recent commits which should at least indicate that there will be products (soon)?

  14. theguyuk
    December 8th, 2017 at 22:33 | #15

    I thought it made sense of the letter after the Soc number


    W = Windows

    C= Chromebook

    Plain RK3288 = Linux / Android

    You yourself recent!y covered the Aaeon RICO-3288 board

  15. Demetris
    December 9th, 2017 at 04:55 | #16

    @cnxsoft Yeah is already in devices like Asus chromebooks and MiQi dev board

  16. December 9th, 2017 at 09:19 | #17

    I thought Chromebooks used RK3288C, and MiQi (I have one) uses RK3288.

  17. Skelton
    December 9th, 2017 at 19:32 | #18

    The info of rk3288 not selling it anymore was provided by gpd. Maybe they mean tablet boards , and not stb or chromebooks. Maybe that rk3288w is for that kind of products (stb, develpment boards etc but not current Android tablets i guess)

  18. Demetris
    December 9th, 2017 at 22:09 | #19

    @cnxsoft i have seen no C revision, i suspect was a marketing trick. Flash any Chromebook image on your MiQi and will boot but will be recognized as veyron-xxx.
    Also flash test https://forum.mqmaker.com/t/lakka-libreelec-images/740
    If Lakka boots on your MiQi then is definitely an RK3288W

  19. December 11th, 2017 at 16:30 | #20

    ASUS replied Rockchip will supply them with RK3288 for 5 more years.

  20. December 13th, 2017 at 09:51 | #21

    Rockchip confirmed RK3288 will not be phased out. So I’m guessing there’s been miscommunication with GPD trying to say they won’t manufacture the RK3288 board anymore, but this ended sounding like “RK3288 will not be manufactured anymore” to the beta testers.

  21. Yann
    December 13th, 2017 at 18:10 | #22

    Am I the only bothered by the color switching between “A” and “Y” from the classic xbox controller? Literally unplayable.

  22. December 15th, 2017 at 11:05 | #23

    It looks like there may be more to it than meet the eyes, as I got more info from a trusted source:

    ARM and Rockchip allegedly had a 3-year deal for RK3288, but this has ended a few months ago, so price may increase.
    RK3288W deal with Microsoft did not work out, but they manufactured wafers for it (under the old), so now it’s getting into Linux devices, as RK3288W will not run Windows.

    RK3288 and RK3288W are electrically compatible but not software compatible, that’s why we have commits in the Linux kernel. The latest SDKs from Rockchip support both, but if you use older software on RK3288W, this will not work. Android 7.0 SDK support both by default, Android 4.4/5.1/6.0 SDK all require patchsets.

    Differences require new software for USB, HDMI (HDCP 2.2), and others. You can check if you have a W part by checking the die lot# until the chip name (RK3288). ABCDXXXXW DEFG. If W is shown at the end of the code, you have RK3288W, DEFG is the date code. I got the last info from a Rockchip document.

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