Super-slim MK812A TV box mini PC with 2MP camera

mk812aOne of the thinnest TV box style mini PCs we’ve come across is the MK812A. It’s just 11mm thick but packs in most of what you’ll find in larger models.

Its powered by Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU, accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash, preinstalled with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS.

Given how small it is, the MK812A does pretty well with HDMI v1.4 output and 3.5mm headphone/audio output. You also get two Type-A host ports and a microUSB OTG port.

The unusual features are the built-in microphone and 2MP camera on the front. It also includes Skype baked into the firmware ROM.

But what you don’t get is RJ45 Ethernet. Still, there’s Wi-Fi on-board in the form of 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0 has a run as well so you get pretty much everything you’d need in a mini PC, although an external Wi-Fi antenna would’ve been nice too. It also includes a MicroSD card slot, with support for up to 32GB cards and power comes through a microUSB port.

The MK812A is available through Aliexpress for $80 including shipping.

The RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU is based on ARM Cortex A9 technology but manufactured at a smaller-than-usual 28-nanometre scale for lower power consumption. Its graphics are powered by ARM’s Mali-400 MP4 graphics engine.

ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage8GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
No./type of USB portsTwo Type-A host, one USB OTG
HDMI form factorV1.4
Dimensions95.5 x 59.5 x 11mm
Announce DateMay 2013

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2 comments for “Super-slim MK812A TV box mini PC with 2MP camera

  1. LinuxMint
    July 9, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Missing out on an Ethernet port may be debatable, but outdated Bluetooth v2.0 and only 1GB of RAM just aren’t cutting it anymore these days.

    • Darren Yates
      July 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

      You could also argue 8GB of flash is also a bit behind – 16GB seems pretty doable on tablets these days.

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