Rikomagic MK802 II to sport 3 USB ports, full-sized HDMI

The Rikomagic MK802 is a PC-on-a-stick that generally sells for around $80 or less. You connect it to a TV, plug in a mouse and/or keyboard, and you’ve got yourself a little computer that runs Google Android and which can download apps and games from the Google Play Store.

The MK802 can also run a number of different Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and Puppy Linux.

Right now the mini PC ships features an Allwinner A10 single core processor, 1 full-sized USB port, a mini USB port, a mini HDMI port, and a microSD card slot.

But Andy Kirby at the Rikomagic UK forums says the Chinese device maker is working on a next-generation unit with a tweaked design.

Update 8/09/2012: The MK802 is now available for purchase

MK802 II

The MK802 II will feature a full-sized HDMI connector, letting you plug the stick right into a monitor or HDTV without using an HDMI cable.

It will also have 3 USB ports (2 micro and 1 standard sized port).

The rest of the features are staying pretty much the same, which means it will have the same Allwinner A10 processor and Mali 400 graphics as the current model. The case appears to have some extra holes for ventilation though.

While a faster processor would be nice, there’s at least one advantage to sticking with the Allwinner A10. There’s currently a lot of independent software development around this chipset.

A number of other tablets and mini PCs such as the Mele A1000 set-top box and the latest Coby Kyros tablets use the same processor, which makes it easier to port Linux-based operating systems and other software to run on the MK802.

Kirby says Rikomagic is also talking about another next-generation device, possibly featuring a different dual core processor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1104692747 Brian Radcliffe

    any touchscreen drivers yet so it can be used with in dash monitors, would love to have an android pc to be used with a sunlight readable touchscreen monitor in the car (i drive a convertible)

    • TNT

      Why not just by an android pad?

      • http://twitter.com/TheReaperZX1 Zxanatos C. Omyda

        Because most Car PC builders that ran Windows based systems, already have the screens in place. Thats why the MK802 is interesting, you can plug an external screen. Problem is getting USB resistive drivers as of now. So I agree with Brian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Herb-Taylor/100000115369568 Herb Taylor

    You have ESP, Brian? I was just thinking EXACTLY the same thing, wondering where I could get a small screen to either use the HDMI with a touchscreen overlay or something. Actually would like to use this as a “thin client” of sorts for home “automation”, access a media server, etc., but the purpose of having 2 micro-USB ports is confusing to me.

    • DougC3

      Me too–maybe they just didn’t have room on the board for a second mini port.

      • TNT

        I think most people will still be looking to attach a USB hub, so squeeze out some more juice instead :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Herb-Taylor/100000115369568 Herb Taylor

    Lilliput dot com has linux drivers for all their monitors… drivers shouldn’t be an issue

  • paupseco

    I would like to see either Windows 7 or 8 running on this thing, any chance of that happening?

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      Almost none.

      Windows 7 doesn’t run on ARM chips, and Windows RT (which is a version of Windows 8) does… but you won’t be able to install it yourself. Manufacturers will have to get their licenses directly from Microsoft.

  • Devlon Macormister

    I myself am waiting for a next gen device similar to this with a dualcore cortex a9, probably 8726-mx or rk3066

  • Shaw

    It sounds good, however the only improvement I really wish for are power regulation/ESD protection chips and an aluminum casing for heat dissipation.

  • F. Randall

    I’m interested to know if you can hook this device onto a HDMI surround receiver, make contact with a server/nas (with Windows/Linux) and be able to control it with an Android smartphone. In my mind I’d like it to function as a receiver for the server/nas and perform basic tasks (browsing, Office, music, movies, downloading). That means it replaces a full fledged HTPC worth several hundreds of dollars with the same capabilities but less power and space consumption. Also no noise from fans/hdd’s.

    Any confimations on these possibilities? Has this been tried out yet?

    Thanks in advance!

    • romanu

      control through smartphone is possible, as are the rest, if you get creative with the apps you install and the setup. Might be tedious, but worth it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dick.520 Robert Dick

      download VNC server app for MK802 II and then VNC client app on your Android phone and you will be able to display MK802 II screen on your phone and remote control it -Both these apps are free. If you use your server/nas as the power source and you can use Wake on LAN or Wake on WAN to power up the server/nas then you can effectively also remote power up the MK802 II. You can remote control the MK802 II via LAN (local WiFi) or WAN (mobile phone network or another WiFi network), you just need to be able to forward the appropriate port on your router to the MK802 II. Remote control via WAN seems a bit slow unless perhaps your have a very fast upload speed with your ISP.

  • Oval_Elephant

    We already have a full HDMI Mini PC named the “Oval Elephant” at http://www.ovalelephant.com/p-2062-mini-pc-android-linux-linaro-a10-chip-1gb-ddr3-ram It has the same A10 Mali400 chip but also has proper HDMI ESD Protection with RClamps along with a proper power chip (AXP209) to ensure stability for the CPU. Most development done for the MK802 will work with the Oval Elephant. Check us out.

  • Larry Smith

    found the MK802 II is out from w2comp. Is that real?

    http://www.w2comp.com/detail.asp?catid=74585&Pdtid=630954

    • http://twitter.com/TheReaperZX1 Zxanatos C. Omyda

      The MK802 II is real, but not worth it. All it does is have a few case mods for heat. I own 6 MK802 units and all of them I moded to add a small fan for cooling, since mine are used in the car.
      If you want a powerful unit go with the MK808 or SS808. Has Jelly Bean, Dual Core and 1GB of Ram. I have one of those to in the car.

  • Oval_Elephant

    We have the MK802 II for pre-order. Shipping begins August 17th. We are a US based distributor. Find out more about the new MK802 here: http://www.ovalelephant.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=2074

  • pqlaJACK

    Bought one mk802 II in w2comp for 69. Let see how the quality is. http://www.w2comp.com/detail.asp?catid=74585&Pdtid=630954

  • jasonmccartney0715

    Hey guys, have you heard about the brand “Measy”? They have a similar product – Measy U1A.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kai-Tommy-Reinertsen/1449771873 Kai Tommy Reinertsen

    connected a exsternal ssd to it , TV went black. and my 120gb SSD is dead …..

  • Michael

    Just wondering how the web browser is? My needs are simple – all i want to do is use it as a full screen web browser at 1080p with no toolbars etc. Mike.