This third-generation model takes over from the MK809II by delivering a quad-core CPU in Rockchip’s RK3188 SoC, compared with the dual-core RK3066 in the previous model.
The new chip is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 8GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. But make sure you shop around, there are versions available with Android 4.2.2 – the latest available version of Jelly Bean at time of writing – so check before you buy.
It has decent wireless connectivity with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 – there’s no external Wi-Fi antenna on this one though. But with its MicroSD card slot, you can expand the storage up to 32GB per card.
Video output is by way HDMI port and you get one full-sized Type-A USB2.0 host port and two microUSB ports (one for power).
While the MK809II is selling for around $55, you can pick up the newer MK809III for around $70 from Aliexpress and other online retailers.
If you’re using the MK809III for gaming, you should see some performance improvement, mainly from the quad-core CPU – both the RK3188 and dual-core RK3066 SoC CPUs feature ARM’s Mali-400 MP4 quad-core graphics engine.
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