CX-803 ii Android TV stick features 2GB RAM, dual-core CPU, external antenna

Tiny sticks that you can plug into a TV to run Android apps on a big screen are a dime a dozen these days (or more accurately, as cheap as $30 or so). What’s a bit tougher to find is a model with 2GB of RAM.

Enter the CX-803 II. It’s an Android TV stick with a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processor, Android 4.1 software, and 2GB of RAM. It’s available from Geekbuying for $70.

CX-803 ii

Like other Android mini PCs, the CX-803 II has USB ports and an HDMI connector. Plug it into your TV and you’ve suddenly got yourself a smart TV that you can use to stream internet video from YouTube or Netflix, surf the web, or play games.

You’ll also want to plug in a keyboard, mouse, game controller, or remote control though.

Since this model has an RK3066 processor, it should also be able to run PicUntu, a version of Ubuntu Linux optimized to run on Android systems with that chip. The extra RAM should come in handy if you’re trying to run Linux on this device.

The CX-803 II features ARM Mali 400 quad-core graphics, 8GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for extra storage space. It has 802.11n WiFi and an external antenna which should help with wireless reception — something many other Android mini computers struggle with.

via Geekbuying blog

  • nards barley

    It seems Geekbuying has built a nice business specializing in these little sticks.

  • clkeagle

    I wonder why these things need an external antenna just to have decent wi-fi? Pretty sure my phones and tablets do just fine with their internals… it surprises me that they don’t just use those same parts in the sticks.

    • Michael Thompson

      I wonder if is the design of the antenna? I’m sure it’s economical, or they wouldn’t be using it, but that doubtless comes at a cost in performance.

      It looks like they are trying for a dipole, but at 2.4Ghz you have like zero wiggle room so things have to match up or performance is going to suc-diddly-uck.
      My solution would be to drop in an SMA connector that is pre-wired with a small piece of coaxial cable and replace the factory assembly with that and a better antenna.
      -but then again I’m into that kind of stuff and work in the industry so easier said than done for many folks. ;)

  • Arrdee

    I’ve tried other tiny Android computers with external stubby antennas too and I found no advantage. My guess is parts placement/board layout causes internal interference within the device.