The Tronsmart MK908 is one of the best Android TV sticks released to date… if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s a small box about size of a few USB flash drives squeezed together, but under the hood it has the guts of an Android phone or tablet.

You can plug it into your TV to run Android apps on a big screen — and with a little luck (or skill) you may even be able to install a desktop Linux operating system on the MK908 soon and use it as a full-fledged PC.

Geekbuying sells the MK908 for about $86, but the store sent me a free sample to test recently. Now that I’m done with it, let’s have a giveaway.

Tronsmart MK908

What you’re trying to win

The Tronsmart MK908 is a TV box with a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. It has 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for extra storage.

There’s also a full-sized USB port and two mini USB ports. You need to use one of those little ports to supply power to the device, but you can plug in a full-sized USB adapter and use the other mini port as a second port for a keyboard, mouse, game controller, or external storage.

Unlike many Android TV devices I’ve tested, the MK908 has pretty strong WiFi performance, and I was able to use it to stream music and movies over the internet, and HD video over a home network.

This box is currently running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but you can update it to Android 4.2 or install a custom ROM if you’d like.

You’ll need a keyboard, mouse, or another controller to use the MK908 since it doesn’t come with a remote control or other input device.

Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment by 5:00AM ET on Tuesday, 6/18/2013.Β 

That’s pretty much it, but there are a few rules you should know about:

  • We’ll randomly select a winner from all valid entries.
  • This contest is only open to residents of the United States, or folks with a US shipping address.
  • Anyone that works for Liliputing or is a close friend or family member is ineligible to win.
  • Please leave only one comment. If you try to stuff the ballot box I’ll throw out all of your entries.
  • Make sure you use a valid email address, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account to leave your comment — and make sure to check your messages.
  • Once we select a winner, that person will have 48 hours to respond. If we don’t hear anything we’ll choose another name.

Thanks again to Geekbuying for providing us with an MK908 to test!

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Sai Reddy!

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397 replies on “Liliputing MK908 quad-core Android TV stick giveaway”

  1. I hope you’ll continue to report on and review these Android TV sticks and set top boxes…very interesting, especially those running Linux!

  2. Hope you’ll bring a 63 year old fart into the age of tech and replace my old Diamond media player ;^)

  3. Would love to have one of this TV Sticks attached to my TV. With this I’ll run a Mizzu based Media Center with my NAS as storage

  4. I have to admit, I wouldn’t like nothing more than to get this MK908 and hack it to run Linux. The thought of having a full 4-core ARM based system in such a tiny package is too tempting to pass up. Long live liliputing and lili Linux :).

  5. I’m gonna buy one already, but a free one would be pretty cool.

  6. My husband wants one of these so badly! I would be the best wife ever if I won this! …and I’d have something to Lord over him for a little while πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve read about this android tv stick at a forum and have been waiting for it eversince. it will most probably solve all my digital problems πŸ™‚

  8. I’ve wanted one of these for so long. My TV is practically begging for one.

  9. I would love to try this product out as a pc replacement as I do not have much space to work with at my apartment

  10. I’ve been jonesing for one of these for a while now….gimme gimme gimme (Please?)

  11. I’ve been trying out, testing, flashing and re-flashig android and linux, bricking, de-bricking and whatever this kind of devices (only rk3066 until now) for some time now. If I win it.. it would be a win for the dev-community too.
    Let’s see. =)

  12. I have an an ouya and so far I’m unimpressed. Wonder how this would compare

  13. 2GB is a must with these sticks. Would be nice if they had wifi in the 5ghz range too

  14. Would like to try of these devices …. all us geek guys love these new toys

  15. The power of these mini-sticks is really getting impressive. I would love to have one of my own.

  16. Love the site, keeps me up to date on the latest and greatest! pz

  17. awesome!! The fact that it can run linux makes it even more exciting.

  18. This would be really useful for me since the Xbox I used for occasional games and streaming is no longer with us…

  19. I would love to give this a go. I’m going to be off work for the next 3 weeks with my wife and newborn son. This would be a great way to fill some free time.

  20. I’m 16. I stood in the freezing Seattle rain for 6 hours to win a Samsung Focus S and gave it to my brother because he’s turning his life around. I can’t afford shit otherwise I’d buy one of these, it’s only 99 bucks right? Anyways my dad works in Alaska so I can’t BS that I’m getting it for him. I just want it for my $20 Motorola Atrix lapdock so that I can mess with that setup (Hopefully game?). Thanks and I wish yall a happy Father’s Day.

  21. I think this is one of the better (best as of now?) Android sticks. Looking forward to developing a friendlier tv app and experimenting with Linux on this.

  22. I have been reviewing these over a year now would love to try one without spending the money.

  23. Yeah! If you can go ahead and chose me as a winner, that would be great!

  24. Getting married in two weeks, maybe I can have a wedding present?

  25. I bought one nearly 2 months ago from geekbuying. It had many problems and I still don’t have a working device or refund despite returning the item weeks ago. I don’t get why this site admin is so wild about this particular device. I sent a simple, friendly question / comment to liliputing a few days ago but no response at all. Maybe Brad Linder is an investor in geekbuying / tronsmart?

  26. I’ve still never seen one of these devices in person. I’d love to tinker with it though.

  27. This would be great to hook up to my Motorola lapdock to create a cheap android netbook computer!

  28. Wow, awesome contest. I got my fingers crossed, lol.

    chrisk83 at

  29. thanks for the give-away and for the hope that maybe one of us will be the lucky one πŸ™‚

  30. I love when sites give away their free samples.
    P.S. Pick me! Pick me!

  31. i would absolutely love to get one of these and mod it into my lapdock as one solid unit in place of the raspberry pi

  32. At first I thought these were not useful, but now, that I have found some things to use it for, I want one

  33. Gonna give this to my dad if I win it. He’ll finally be able to do email on his “smart” TV

  34. Let me win cause my OUYA is a big disappointment. Puts head down…Should of bought a android stick instead. πŸ™

  35. This would be perfect for mt home setup, I need something like this to hook up to my 47inch 3D TV to be able to stream movies and music from my home server, as well as my ampache online server where I have a lot of my music stored, plus my Google Music account, I really want to win this, this is perfect for me.

  36. Awesome! This android TV stick has been one of my favorites ever since I first heard about it. It’d be nice to try Ubuntu on it

  37. Woop Woop , i need to retire my OG Rikomagic stick, that Allwinner A10 SoC sucks donkney balls for XBMC

  38. Please through my name in the hat! I would love to put Ubuntu on this! Thanks Liliputing!

  39. Looks good to me, surprised by the good wifi though. I wonder what they did right that so many others didn’t.

  40. would love one of these but i don’t live in the US.. So good luck to the everyone there πŸ™‚

  41. What can I say but that I want one. Thanks for all the good reviews.

  42. Maybe I’ll win this time? Was thinking about buying this HDMI Stick anyway…

  43. My son is hogging my only tv stick, sure could use a second one for me to use.

  44. A comment ! -hey one out of 190 – thats not bad odds; considering the number of your GiveAways I have participated in on liliputing – probability building up on that end too. Besides its a small price to pay, Brad, for getting me addicted to your site πŸ˜‰

  45. Count me in. It would be fun to see what I can do with linux on this thing. Especially if I can get hardware accelerated video working.

  46. I want one so bad I can’t even describe the feeling that is coming from my brain cells going to the tips of my limbs, reviving every facet of my existence

  47. That’s great! I must have such a toy! I’m from good old Germany, but have a shipping adress in Cambridge;-)

  48. Looks like a cool toy. I’ve been thinking about buying one but free would be better.

  49. I always wanted to try one of these Android on a stick devices. How this for gaming? Compared to something like an Ouya or Gamestick?

  50. This would be an awesome Father’s Day gift. Brad, can we just pretend that I’m your dad? (But you still can’t have my car keys, and dammit, turn down that noise you call “music.”)

  51. I have been looking at these for a while now, but have yet to take the plunge.

  52. Gotta have one, especially to put in the suitcase this summer! Ready to have my name drawn!!

  53. Come on. I have entered so many giveaways…. I need to win. I feel the need…the need for an android PC mini HDMI Thingamajig!

  54. I’ll throw my hat in the ring. My birthday is the 18th, after all.

  55. I could really use this. Had to cut the cord due to a death in family and am now depending on streaming for all my TV.

  56. I’ll take it. Please pick me. Need to upgrade my current PC-on-a-stick

  57. Sounds like a neat device, would be awesome to check out πŸ™‚

  58. This will be a great replacement for the Ricomagic MKiii that I broke πŸ™‚

    Thanks Brad, Not many do these give-aways like you.


  59. I want one! It will create problems for me (it will be even harder to keep kids off the TV), but I really want to play with it! I have a tablet with RK3188. It is quite fast.

  60. 3 times a charm, perhaps, oh well! I thought I might give a shot at it. btw, thanks for a good review of it considered how cheap it is.

  61. If I win, the Tronsmart MK908 probably will arrive before the one agreed to send me to replace a T428 that won’t play Netflix movies.

  62. Lets give this 4-brained HDMI stick some “food for thought”!!! πŸ˜€

  63. thanks for the offer to participate.. been addicted to this site for a while and now a regular visitor hope to win this competition yehaaw πŸ™‚

  64. Don’t the comments just fill up on these giveaways lol. .. .

  65. I already have a mk808 and its pretty nice but I would love this one for upgrade πŸ˜€

  66. Winner!!! No need to post any more my friends.. Twill all be for naught

  67. I call dibs on this… I’m trying to free myself from Windoze, and this would help…

  68. I’ve been looking at these for a while. One as a free prize would make it even better! πŸ™‚

    Are there any good TV oriented launchers yet?

  69. Been reading since 2008, now you’ve grown up so big that I’ll never have a chance of winning. Congrats on the success Brad!

  70. I would love to get my hands on this neat little device! Select me! πŸ™‚

  71. I’m in! I’d love to hack into this a bit. You see, I’ve got ideas!

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