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$28 MK809V 4K Android TV Stick is Powered by Rockchip RK3229 Processor

October 26th, 2016 2 comments

Rockchip RK3229 is found is some ultra-cheap 4K Android TV boxes such as SCISHION V88 are selling for as low as $20. If you prefer HDMI TV stick form factor, there’s now MK809V 4K TV stick based on the processor, which I’ve first noticed on DealExtreme for $30.71, but it can also be found on other sites such as GeekBuying for $27.99, or eBay for $33.

mk809v-4k-rk3229-tv-stickMK809V-4K HDMI TV dongle specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K2K @ 60 fps with CEC support
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi up to 150 Mbps + Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Realtek RTL8723)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power only
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 10 x 3.8 x 1 cm

Most Rockchip RK3229 devices run Android 4.4.4, but MK809V-4K is advertised as either running Android 4.4.4 or Android 5.1 depending on the website. While the processor will feel slow for many Android tasks like gaming or browsing the web, it’s good enough for video playback, and on top of 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60 fps supported on most 4K Android TV boxes and dongles, it can also handle 10-bit H.264 videos up to 4K @ 30 fps, although based on my review of MXQ 4K RK3229 TV Box, not all Hi10p videos will be supported.

MK809V-4K ships with a 5V/2A power adapter, an HDMI cable, an IR remote control, and a user’s manual in English.

MK809IV PRO / Eachlink IX809 PRO Amlogic S905X Android TV Stick Sells for $32

September 1st, 2016 8 comments

Amlogic S905X Android TV boxes are now pretty common, but if you’re looking for a device in TV stick form factor that’s more difficult to find, and exactly what Eachlink IX809 PRO devices offers with Amlogic S905X processor combined with 1GB RAM and 8GB eMMC flash.


Eachlink IX809 PRO specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with  penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 port
  • Video Codec – [email protected] Hz video decoding for 10-bit HEVC/H.265 and VP9; H.264 up to [email protected] Hz
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi; It’s unclear whether Bluetooth is implemented.
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power only
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions & Weight – N/A

The HDMI stick runs Android 6.0, and ships with a short HDMI cable, a USB OTG adapter, a micro USB to USB cable, and a user’s manual. The power supply is not provided, or at least not shown on pictures, so you may have to provide your own.


Eachlink IX809 PRO is sold on GeekBuying for $32.99 and eBay for $35.99. GeekBuying also offers bundles with Rii i8 wireless keyboard or Tronsmart TSM01 air mouse. I could also find the same devices sold as MK809IV PRO on Aliexpress for $31.35.


CheapCast Chromecast Emulator for Android (Beta) is Available for Download

August 12th, 2013 10 comments

Yesterday, I wrote developers were working on making any media App and any Android device compatible with Chromecast. Sebastian Mauer has taken care of the latter, by publishing CheapCast (Beta) in Google Play. Several people have been trying it successfully, including in iMito MX1 mini PC. I’ve been less lucky. I’ve tried it by running YouTube App in Zopo ZP900S smartphone (Android 4.0.4) with 4 devices:

  • Tronsmart T428 – “Works” but the video won’t start playing. (Bug reported in Github’s issue tracker) [Update: It now works with the latest version in Google Play].
  • MK908 – Refused to install anything in Google Play today… (Older Android 4.1 firmware)
  • Wandboard Quad – “Works” but the video won’t start playing.
  • CX-01 – CheapCast will crash when playing video

I can’t really play YouTube videos over 360p without buffering here, so the reason the video won’t start in T428 or Wandboard Quad might be due to my poor Internet connection.

Nevertheless here are some of the screenshots I’ve got from T428.


When you start CheapCast, you’ll get the menu above. It allows you to change the Friendly name (default: CheapCast), set the service to start at boot time, donate the project, etc…

Once the service is running, let’s start YouTube app in the smartphone. It will detect a ChromeCast device and show the Cast icon. Pressing the cast icon, and selecting your “TV”, will show the screen below.


It looks good! Not select a video in the YouTube App, and it’s supposed to start playing the video in the TV. In my case I could only see the video information.CheapCast_YouTube_Video_T428

And after a short while, I’d get “Playing your video on CheapCast is taking an unusually long time” in the YouTube app as shown below.


There are a lot of different firmware around, so you may have better luck on your Tronsmart T428, or other Android mini PC. Let me know if it can work for you.

MK809III Quad Core Android mini PC May Soon Be Available With 4GB RAM, 16GB Flash

August 5th, 2013 8 comments

The price of quad core Android mini PCs keeps dropping and MK809III (aka QC802) is now available for just over $60 with Rockchip RK3188 SoC, 2GB RAM, and 8GB flash. The recent price drop is not quite large enough to be newsworthy, but one reader (and commenter) noticed something interesting in one product description.


So this seller is apparently able to sell MK809III with 4GB RAM and 16GB Flash. 4GB RAM is probably overkill for Android, but it could be useful for those who want to run Linux.

The sellers told him MK809III with 4GB RAM (and 8GB Flash) is available for $75, but the minimum order quantity (MOQ) is 20 pieces. I’ve also contacted the seller myself, and initially was told about the “MOQ 20” requirement, and that both 4GB RAM/8GB flash and 4GB RAM/16GB Flash could be made available. But when I asked about the price and lead time, I was told, after a few minutes, that 20 pieces is actually too little for the factory, so they must collect orders. Nevertheless, with some patience, this could mean we’ll soon be able to buy RK3188 mini PCs maxed out with 4GB RAM.

$56 MK809 II Android Jelly Bean mini PC based on Rockchip RK3066 Processor

December 27th, 2012 4 comments

Kimdecent announced it started to sell MK809 II mini PC with Rockchip RK3066, 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash and built-in Bluetooth. This HDMI TV dongle is very similar to Rikomagic MK802 IIIs in terms of specs, and I’ve been told the user interface is also nearly identical.

MK809 II

Here are the specs of the device:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3066 Dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked @ up to 1.6 GHz with Mali-400MP4 Quad-core GPU,
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot (Up to 32 GB)
  • Connectivity:
    • Wifi – 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1
    • 3G support via external 3G USB dongle
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Host,  2x micro USB Host
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Video Codecs – MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, Divx, Xvid, RM8/9/10, VP6
  • Video Containers – MKV, TS, TP, M2TS, RM/RMVB, BD-ISO, AVI, MPG, VOB, DAT, ASF, TRP, FLV etc full formats
  • Audio Codecs – DTS, AC3, LPCM, FLAC, HE-AAC
  • Power – 90-230V, 50/60Hz input, Output: 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 11 x 3.2 x 1 cm
  • Weight – 32g

The package includes the power supply, a USB cable, and a user manual in English. This is basically the same specifications as UG007, except MK809 II has one extra micro USB port. The device also features a software power button missing in many devices.

Even though some developers are working to port Ubuntu to Rockchip RK3066 devices, don’t expect to be able to do too much with Linux, as GPU and hardware video acceleration won’t be ported to Linux due to a complete lack of open source (and even binary) drivers. It would still possible to use it as a small Linux server however.

MK809 II can be purchased on Aliexpress for $56 on Kimdecent store, but other Aliexpress sellers also offer it at various prices. You can also get it for $5 less with “mainagame5” coupon.