MK888 follows EKB111, CS918, K-R42 with quad-core TV box

mk888One of the newest TV box style mini PCs is the MK888, but you’ll find it under a raft of other names including EKB111, CS918 and K-R42 – essentially they’re all one and the same.

It’s a larger style unit to the MK812A that has no camera on-board and replaces the microphone with an RJ45 Ethernet port. Like just about every other computing device on the planet right now, the MK888 is powered by Rockchip’s quad-core RK3188 SoC CPU. This one gets 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of on-board flash, preloaded with the very latest Android 4.2.2 OS.

It’s nicely loaded up with ports too, including RJ45 Ethernet wired and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking with external antenna, but no Bluetooth. It’s also pretty well off for audio with S/PDIF digital audio output via optical TOSLink connector and standard 3.5mm stereo analog output.

Storage is available through the MicroSD card slot, up to 32GB per card and you get two Type-A host USB2.0 ports for external devices – three would’ve been better.

The one thing you’ll need to watch is pricing – we’ve seen it on sale for over $170 on Aliexpress but if you shop around, you should get it for closer to around the $100 mark.

Again, as with other mini PCs powered by the RK3188, we’re not sure whether the MK888 has or will receive an SDK2.0 update, which seems to give the RK3188 some decent extra zip. So far, we’ve seen a few tablets such as the CUBE U30GT2 get it recently, but not many mini PCs as yet.

BrandOEM
ModelMK888
ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
RAM2GB DDR3
Internal storage8GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
BluetoothNo
No./type of USB portsTwo Type-A USB
HDMI form factorHDMI v1.4, S/PDIF TosLink
Dimensions142x95x21mm
WeightTBA
Announce DateMay 2013

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2 comments for “MK888 follows EKB111, CS918, K-R42 with quad-core TV box

  1. LinuxMint
    July 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    According to geekbuying, a version with built-in BT will become available by August/September: http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2013/06/24/k-r42first-rk3188-quad-core-tv-box-review/comment-page-1/#comment-24106

    The K-R42 does NOT have a separate analog audio output, only a combined Video/R+L 3.5mm one: http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2013/06/24/k-r42first-rk3188-quad-core-tv-box-review/comment-page-1/#comment-24800

    It is two Type-A USB, plus one, likely micro, USB OTG port, adding up to a total of three.

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