CS898 TV stick mini PC comes with RK3188 CPU and 2GB RAM

cs898TV stick-style mini PCs are everywhere at the moment and this is one we missed a little while ago, the CS898.

While the popular CS868 TV stick features the Allwinner A31 quad-core CPU, the CS898 gives you an alternative choice of – wait for it – Rockchip’s RK3188 SoC CPU. It’s accompanied by 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) preloaded.

It unusually features 802.11a wireless as part of its 802.11a/b/g/n standards mix, as well as Bluetooth 2.0. You get the usual type-A host and USB OTG ports on-board but there’s also a physical button, said to be used when upgrading the device’s ROM firmware. The MicroSD card slot on board is good for cards up to 32GB.

Like many mini PCs at the moment, it uses the full-sized HDMI plug, but we suspect it should come with a short extension cable so as not to have to put the unit straight into your TV or monitor’s HDMI socket. At this stage, we don’t know if this has been updated with the new SDK2.0 optimisation firmware from Rockchip or not. Probably not, but hopefully it’ll get one as it looks as though the SDK2.0 is making a significant improvement to the SoC CPU’s Android performance.

The CS898 is available from Aliexpress for around $70 including shipping.

ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.8GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage8GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11a/b/g/n
No./type of USB portsOne USB 2.0 Host, one USB OTG
HDMI form factorMiniHDMI
Announce DateMay 2013

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1 comment for “CS898 TV stick mini PC comes with RK3188 CPU and 2GB RAM

  1. LinuxMint
    July 9, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Kimdecent was the first brand name listed with a model CS898 featuring RK3188 back in May, for all I know.
    Specs for Bluetooth however vary between v2.1 and 3.0, even for the same brand:

    However I only found WiFi (b/g/n) specified so far for this model, never 5GHz .11a.
    Some sources claim the RF module to be CDT-K25931 by Cdtech (China Dragon Technology), based on Media-Tek MTK5931 (2.4GHz 1T2R1 MIMO) + MTK6622 (BT2.1-EDR). http://www.cdtech.cn/upfile/pdf/201331512057.pdf‎

    According to reviews, it apparently doesn’t even use the full 150Mb/s option of single stream .11n, but only connects at a rather disappointing low 65Mbps rate.

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