Yes, you read it right, an Android TV box made by Rikomagic.
The well-known Chinese manufacturer Rikomagic, which was one of the few to embrace the “android TV stick” phenomenon and got to the sixth generation of their MK802 HDMI dongle announced their first android TV box, named MK902.
The Rikomagic MK902 will be based on the Rockchip 3066 dual core chipset, clocked at 1.6 Ghz, will have a quad core Mali-400 GPU (capable of 3D) and will be shipped with Android 4.1, although an upgrade to Android 4.2 will most likely be made available.
It will support Bluetooth 3.0 and DLNA and will have a soft turn-off feature.
More on Rikomagic MK902 after we get our hands on a sample.
Folks at Tronsmart don’t waste time and a few days after their T428 model started
shipping they are presenting a new model: Tronsmart MK908.
Tronsmart MK908 is a cheaper alternative to Tronsmart T428 and could be considered an upgrade to the popular MK808 model (ain’t it funny how many different manufacturers choose the same two initials for their models? in a future post we’ll feature the newest model from Rikomagic which has, you guessed it right, MK initials in the name Rikomagic MK902)
Back to Tronsmart MK908, it comes now with Android 4.1 but it is rumored to have an upgrade to Android 4.2 soon.
One other notable thing is that MK908 comes pre-rooted, so you can play with it and make it “yours”.
It does have a RK3188 Quad Core CPU at 1.6GHz (Cortex-A9), 2 GB DDR3 RAM, and the wi-fi chip is Broadcom AP6210 which supports 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
As expected, this month will be busy, almost every day a product is launched.
Today it’s Measy U4B, an Android 4.2 device based on the popular RK3188 chipset.
Very similar to Tronsmart T428, this device has 2GB Ram, will come with Bluetooth 4.0, 8Gbnand flash, and of course it will support skype video calls and you could connect an ethernet adapter should you feel that the a/b/g/n wireless is not enough for your needs.
Mele is a little known Chinese company that until last year was only a factory for some well-known media player brands (Mede8er, AC Ryan, a few others).
They launched a few models of their own, and like many others, jumped into the android tv box bandwagon.
They also produce one of the most popular air mouse/qwerty remote, Mele RF03, Mele G39A04 is their new quad-code model , basically an upgrade from their last year best-seller.
What’s interesting about Mele G39A04:
– a quad-code AllWinner A31 Cortex A7 CPU (clocked at 1Ghz)
– 2 GB RAM (DDR3)
– GPU: PowerVR SGX544 (dual core, capable of 1080P at 60fps)
– 8GB nand flash
– HDMI 1.4
– a VGA port , very rare among android tv boxes
– ethernet LAN and wi-fi (150Mbps)
– a HDD can be connected via the SATA 3 Seagate USM connector on top
The Rockchip RK3188 makes it’s way on the Mini PC market, Cloudnetgo CR9 being the next announced device that will use this chipset.
According to the manufacturer, RK3188 is 40% faster than the well-known Tegra 3.
No info about Cloudnetgo CR9’s availability yet, but we can only assume that the first units will be shipped early next Month