The Freakbox is a small box that you can plug into a TV to run Android apps on the big screen. There are dozens of those on the market though. What makes the Freakbox different is that it runs software developed by some of the lead developers from the FreakTab community.

That means instead of buying a TV box, rooting it, and installing a custom ROM to use FreakTab software you can buy a device that’s designed to work with FreakTab firmware out of the box.

At launch it’ll ship with Google Android software, but the developers also plan to support Linux eventually.

We first heard about the project a few weeks ago when the FreakTab team announced that the box would be available soon for $149. Now it’s up for pre-order… and the starting price has dropped to €77, or about $103 US.

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That still makes the Freakbox more expensive than some smart TV boxes… but this is a limited edition device from a team of hobbyists. It’d be hard to produce something that was priced competitively with an entry-level Roku or a generic Android box from China.

The Freakbox features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with Mali-400 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. There’s also an option for a model with 32GB of built-in storage, and there’s a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of removable storage.

It also has HDMI, S/PDIF, 802.11n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, 3 USB ports, and a headphone jack.

The box features a custom version of Android 4.4 KitKat and comes pre-rooted.

thanks Simon!

 

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4 replies on “Freakbox TV box from the FreakTab team launches for about $100”

  1. Looks like it is a little too late to the party, the next generation of android boxes are coming out. The firmware will probably be a lot better than the others. I wonder how it handles multitasking compared to the new ones.

  2. 3188 means there are already a ton of ROMS out there.
    This is just the same stuff with a different marketing spin.

    1. The problem is that there are so many 3188 hardware variables, that it’s impossible to keep up with the components. For example, there’s like 4 different versions of the MK809III, and the same ROMS/Kernels won’t work for all. I bought a handful for my groomsmen, and had to wait months for versions of KitKat that would work for the two different types I ended up with. In short – if you buy a Freakbox, you’re guaranteed to get consistent hardware. If you don’t believe me, go to the RK3188 section of Fraktab and look at the requests for ROM/Kernel support for different boards, different bluetooth/wifi, etc.
      If I were to buy a new box right now, it’d be this one because it’ll get the best software guaranteed to work with the hardware. Too many other manufacturers have been switching components without support. I already have 2 RK3188 sticks, but I’m still tempted by this offering.

      1. You make a good point!
        If my CX-919 messes up I’ll be all over this too unless something cooler is out by then of course. 😀

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