The Rikomagic MK902 is an Android TV box with a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of storage, a decent array of ports, an external antenna, and even some support for Linux.
But the MK902 is so 2013. Now the manufacturer is getting ready to launch a new model called the MK902 II. It’s about the same size and shape, but the new model features a faster RK3288 processor.
The MK902 II has Rockchip’s new quad-core, ARM Cortex-A17 processor with ARM Mali-T764 graphics. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat software, has 2GB of RAM, and will come with 8GB or 16GB of storage.
Both models will feature microSD card slots for up to 32GB of removable storage, support for 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Ethernet. The device has HDMI output, 3 USB host ports, 1 USB slave port and a built-in mic and camera.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but last year’s model sells for around $100 and up.
It also remains to be seen whether the new model will be as Linux-friendly as the original MK902. The RK3288 chip is one of the first ARM Cortex-A17 processors on the market and it might take some time for developers to get operating systems like Ubuntu up and running on devices with the new processor.