CX803 TV stick mini PC delivers dual-core CPU, external antenna under $50

cx803The idea of the external Wi-Fi antenna is starting to pick up in even lower-cost dual-core TV stick mini PCs, including this CX803 for under $50.

This model runs Rockchip’s original RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 1GB of RAM and just 4GB of flash, but preloaded with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). At this stage, there’s no word on when an upgrade to Android 4.2 might become available. You can expand that storage via MicroSD card, up to 32GB per card.

There’s no Bluetooth on this one but you do get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi plus the usual cache of USB ports (one type-A host and a microUSB OTG port). Video output is via an HDMI v1.4 connector.

The CX803 should do reasonably well at gaming, thanks to the quad-core Mali-400 MP4 graphics engine inside the RK3066 SoC CPU.

The external Wi-Fi antenna gives this away as a newer model, but it’s a good idea that should help to boost signal strength by getting the antenna out of the confines of the chassis internal.

At this stage, we’ve found the CX803 selling for around $45 including shipping on Aliexpress.

ProcessorRockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.6GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage4GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
No./type of USB portsOne Type-A, one microUSB OTG
HDMI form factorv1.4
Dimensions101.2 x 48 x 9.5mm
Announce DateApril 2013

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