A growing number of companies are using the powerful Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor in small boxes designed to run Android apps on your TV. But many of those small boxes are so small that there’s only room for a few USB ports, a microSD card slot,  HDMI output, and not much else. The Tronsmart MK908 is a pretty good example.

But the Kingnovel K-R42-1 is a slightly larger box that also packs a full-sized Ethernet jack, among other things. It sells for around $96 at AliExpress, where it’s called the MK888.

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That 10/100 Ethernet jack can come in handy, since a reliable internet connection is useful if you plan to use this type of device to stream video from a shared network drive or play internet music or video. Like most devices of its type, the K-R42-1 also features built-in WiFi, but you can typically get a much more reliable connection over Ethernet.

Other specs for this box include ARM Mali-400 MP4 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, has a microSD card slot, 2 USB ports, and an IR port for use with the wireless remote control that comes with the TV box.

It has a 3.5mm headphone jack (which is surprisingly tough to find on this sort of device), an HDMI port, and an external antenna which should help boost WiFi performance.

The K-R42-1 runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, although it should support Android 4.2 as well.

via CNX-Software

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5 replies on “Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box with RK3188 CPU, Ethernet jack”

  1. Sounds good & makes for a much cleaner / neater situation behind or beside your TV. Jelly Bean 4.1.1 seems to be a better solution right now to provide good Netflix & Hulu play. It all depends on the ROM. Hopefully somebody will provide a full review, because their are problems with the firmware on these new RK-3188 devices. For example there may not be any support for webcams or mics or BlueTooth headsets if you’re into the Skype thing. Gamepad support is more common now but you never know for sure without an in-depth review.

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