Flip through Rikomagic’s product listings right now, and you’ll find a number of Android boxes powered by ARM chips from AllWinner, Rockchip, and AMLogic. Their newest TV box, however, will run an Intel Bay Trail-T Atom.
Update: it’ll be called the Rikomagic MK35.
You’ll also be able to pick it up with either Android 4.4 or Windows 8.1 installed — or possibly even both. They’ve chosen the wildly-popular Z3735F, which has a base frequency of 1.33GHz and can ramp up another 500MHz when required.
Rikomagic has opted to ship the new box with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. That won’t leave a ton of free space after installing Windows 8.1, but that 2 gigs of RAM should ensure that the system runs smoothly. When you eventually need more space, a micro SD slot will let you add another 64GB — and there are plenty of USB ports should you require even more.
To access your network attached storage and connect to the Internet, you can use integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi or plug a cable in to the 10/100 Ethernet port. Clearly aimed at set-top use, Rikomagic’s spec sheet shows that they’ll pre-load Kodi on this particular box.
Everything you need to get up an running is included. In addition to the box itself, Rikomagic provides a power supply and even tosses in an HDMI cable — just in case you haven’t already accumulated a pile of extras in your parts bin.
As for how they’re planning to price the new systems, Brad tells me that it’s still up in the air at this point. They’ll let us know closer to when they go on sale.