Chinese companies have been cranking out Android-powered set-top-boxes and TV sticks for a few years, with most of the best models in the past year powered by Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processors. But there may be a new performance champ in town.
Amlogic’s new S802 processor is an ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core CPU with Mali 450 graphics. It runs at speeds up to 2 GHz, and early tests suggest it could be noticeably faster than an RK3188 chip.
The processor also handles display resolutions up to 3840 x 2160. And at least two new set top boxes featuring the chip should be available in the coming months.
The box has 16GB of built-in storage, 2 USB ports, a micro USB port, micro SD card slot, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, HDMI 1.4b, and S/PDIF. There’s an IR sensor for use with a remote control.
While I’m not a fan of relying on benchmarks alone for performance tests, Geekbuying says this machine scores over 30,000 on AnTuTu, which is almost twice as high as the AnTuTu scores I got when testing devices with RK3188 chips.