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.

mk902 ii

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.

via ArcTablet

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10 replies on “MK902 II Android mini PC with RK3288 CPU on the way”

  1. I am wondering with the way Google neutered microSD card support in Kitkat 4.4 will it limit the number of things you could use this box for?

    1. lol, nothing root can’t fix. Common man, you are on a nerd site and you gonna let a small thing like this stop you?

  2. But many wants to install own linux distro on a mini-pc.
    And we need many more mini-pc alternatives to Raspberry Pi!

    1. You can have linux, just don’t expect GPU support as these guys don’t really like to release the sources.

      1. Nothing to do with “these guys”. Mali GPU driver is proprietary and they only release it for Android so there’s absolutely nothing Rikomagic/Rockchip (or any other ARM manufactures for that matter) can do about it

        1. They could do something totally crazy. Rockchip could make a SoC with a supported video core. They obviously do not care. But since it seems to be the first thing mentioned anywhere these little machines are discussed it is really strange that zero chipmakers have seen fit to make open source drivers a buying point when licensing in a video section. There ARE video subsystems with open source driver support. In fact over in x86 land the holdouts are pretty much down to Nvidia.

          Via for example makes Arm SoC chips now and owns several video cores from the x86 world they could embed to get a device they could tout as 100% open source compatible.

          1. Incorrect, there are chipmakers who have seen fit to provide open source drivers… they’re just very few choices to make that an easy choice…

            Mind, Imagination Tech alone accounts for over 80% of the GPU IPs in the mobile market and proprietary drivers also effect other components like the WiFi, etc. So it’s not just the GPU drivers you have to worry about and the large market share makes it hard for any chip maker to completely keep everything open…

            Raspberry Pi originally started with some closed drivers too, but fairly recently provided alternative Open drivers… So there are some at least making the effort but again it’s not easy…

            While another issue is ARM is by design extremely customizable and so even with Open drivers there’s still a need to customize for virtually every device you may want to run a distro on…

            Allwinner A10 is a example of a SoC that is pretty much openly supported but you still have to do a fair amount of work to get everything working for a given distro, unless you can find one already optimized for that SoC… but also means the same optimization won’t necessarily work for a different SoC…

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