MK802 III Mini PC: RK3066 dual core CPU and Android 4.1

There’s a bumper crop of thumb drive-sized TV boxes/computers this year. One of the most popular has been the MK802, both because it was one of the first to market, and also because its Allwinner A10 processor makes running Linux almost as easy as running Android (which is the operating system it ships with.

In recent months we also saw the launch of the MK802 II with the same CPU, but more USB ports and a full-sized HDMI port.

Now the Rikomagic MK802 III is joining the crowd, bringing a faster processor and newer Android software along for the ride.

Rikomagic MK802 III

W2Comp is selling the MK802 III for $72. Like its predecessors, the new mini PC is about the size of a USB flash drive. But it’s got the guts of a halfway decent smartphone or tablet (it just doesn’t have the display).

On one end there’s an HDMI port which lets you connect the MK802 III directly into a monitor or HDTV. There’s also a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a microUSB port, and a microSD card slot.

The device is powered by a Rockchip RK30666 ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor and features 1GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. It ships with Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software and the Google Play Store is preloaded.

Update: You can also pick up the MK802 III from AliExpress for $66. That model has 8GB of storage.

The MK802 III isn’t the only device that matches those specs. In fact, it sounds a lot like the recently launched Kimdecent Droid Stick T10, which has the same CPU and operating system. But w2comp says the manufacturer plans to release another version in November which has an extra USB port and a software power-off function to make it easier to shut down the device without simply pulling the plug.

Unfortunately Rockchip offers little to no support for open source development, so I’m not aware of any Linux-based operating systems that will run on the MK802 III (unless you count Android, which uses a Linux kernel).

Update: Independent developers are making some progress in porting Ubuntu (and potentially other Linux-based operating systems) to run on devices with RK3066 chips).

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    It is a pity that Rockchip has no Linux support. I certainly would have bought an RK3066 stick by now.

    • Devlon Macormister

      same here, it seems that allwinner gets the best linux support so i am planing to wait till they come out with dualcore/quad ad use that

  • SeanKPS

    This is no different than the kimdecent t10

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nitin-J-Sawant/100001059702343 Nitin J Sawant

    I like the progress happening….

  • Roger H.

    I’d be excited about this if my experience with the MK802 II wasn’t so disappointing. The thing would crash if you did so much as look at it the wrong way. Peruse the reviews or Rikomagic’s message board and you’ll see many other people saying the same thing. I love the idea of these, but the build quality and firmware just isn’t there yet. Wait until a company like Asus releases something like this with real support behind it, then these are going to really change the world.

    • Deacon

      Asus? Support?? Bwahahahaha

  • Anon

    No Microphone port, so no SKYPE – or audio input for Citrix Go-to-meeting either… or, did Brad miss listing a spec (mic)?
    Question – Brad, did the older LInux compatible version ever get set up with a dual boot for both Android and Lubuntu?

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

      You’ll need a compatible USB mic or webcam to use Skype, and no, I don’t know which ones are compatible. I suspect users will start testing some and posting in forums soon though.

      As for dual booting Linux and Android, that’s actually the easiest way to go because you can put Linux on an SD card. To boot Android, just remove the card.

      • Daniele Febei

        bluetooth handset?

  • Tom Wong

    It is very cool that rikomagic lauched their dual core model.
    I was expereiced with MK802II. In comparing with other dual core model,
    Rikomagic MK802III is cheaper than other model, but with all functions same.

  • SDapache2scalper

    Awesome. I got 3 mk802 ll and I love it. Ready to try Linux in one . now this comes out. Maybe next month

  • disqus_mLuxL9PoDr

    just ordered it, wonder if finally this device is worth..

  • Rulo
  • http://www.facebook.com/gendolookin John Voluntaryist Suter

    Does anyone know where to find the Android software used on this device? I have the device, but would love to modify the software

  • Flare141

    So i just bought this and it wont run puppy linux?

  • Nobody
  • Efan s

    Perfect stocking stuffer!

  • bzzline

    how do you network a monitor.

  • zlop

    For real action,
    Wait for the 28 nm Quad core version ?

  • oat

    MK802 III new. non boot.
    Please introduce to me.