Rikomagic recently launched the MK902 II Android PC/TV box with a speedy Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processor. Now the company has a few new models featuring different chips.

The Rikomagic MK80 TV box has an Allwinner A80 octa-core processor, while the MK12 has an Amlogic S812 chip.

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All of these devices run Google Android 4.4 KitKat with custom, TV-friendly app launchers. This isn’t the same thing as Google’s new Android TV… which is a good thing if you’re hoping to run apps that don’t officially support Android TV and a bad thing if you want a truly TV-friendly user experience.

Rikomagic will offer two versions of the MK80. An entry-level model has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, while the MK80 Plus has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Amlogic-powered MK12 is only available with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage.

The company says both boxes have Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, 2 USB 2.0 ports, microSD card readers, and S/PDIF.

Update: The MK80 is now available for $156, while the MK80 Plus sells for about $200

The MK80 models with Allwinner chips also have a USB 3.0 port and AV output as well as 802.11ac WiFi (the MK12 tops out at 802.11n).

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Each of the new models should be able to handle 1080p HD video playback. Rikomagic says they can also both handle H.265 4K video playback, but I’ve learned to take such claims with a grain of salt.

Update: The MK12 is now available for $102

There’s also one more new Rikomagic box on the way: the MK05 is basically a less powerful version of the MK12. It had an Amlogic S805 ARM Cortex-A5 quad-core CPU rather than the faster S812 Cortex-A9 chip.

Update: The MK05 sells for $69

via Rikomagic, Cngadget, and CNX-Software

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10 replies on “Rikomagic introduces TV boxes with Allwinner A80, Amlogic S812 chips”

  1. Why is the internal storage labelled as ROM (read-only memory) on those images? I sure hope that 16Gb or 32Gb wouldn’t be installed without being able to be written to.

    1. It’s a tradition thing. Flash memory in its early iterations had rather limited writing capabilities, nowhere near enough to be used as a system disk drive, or even a usb disk. It was mainly used for storing firmware, i.e. mostly reads, very rare writes. Thus ROM.

  2. What about hdmi? From what I understand the draco aw80 has hdmi1.4. For anything touting 4k h.265 one would hope for 2.0

  3. Is Netflix on something like this hardware accelerated? Not sure there is Allwinner support for Netflix and/or Hulu. Just wondering. Just because you can download the app doesnt mean its hardware accelerated playback.

  4. An e-sata connector? Nobody makes e-sata HDDs anymore (i think WD makes one just because some DVRs still use them). They would have been better off doing USB 3.0, if that CPU supports it

      1. If it is just a Sata connector, that sounds even less useful. Am I just supposed to place an internal HDD next to the box, and figure out my own power source for it?

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