Two of the more unusual mini PCs we’ve seen of late are the MK818 and Rikomagic MK602 models -both designed to sit on your TV or monitor and do double-duty as both webcam and Android mini PC.
There’s little separating these models in terms of performance – they both run Rockchip’s original Rk3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system.
Both have an external storage card slot, good for up to 32GB per card – the MK818 features a standard SD card reader while the MK602 uses MicroSD. They both include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and RJ45 Fast Ethernet networking support. While we know the MK818 includes Bluetooth 4.0, we know less about the Rikomagic model – nothing other than it does include Bluetooth, not which version.
Both have USB2.0 host storage – the MK818 only features one full-sized Type-A port; the MK602 has two. The MK818 features a miniUSB OTG port that offers both.
We also don’t know much about the camera in the MK602 – the MK818′s is said to be a 5MP sensor but Rikomagic says nothing about the sensor in the MK602. Both include HDMI 1.4 and composite AV output, the MK818 separates video and audio into individual 3.5mm sockets.
So, MK602 or MK818? All up, we’d lean towards the MK818 – the greater detail about its specs gives us more confidence and its $14 lower price tag for essentially the same hardware doesn’t hurt. You do get one less full-size USB2.0 host port, but it does have a miniUSB OTG port, which basically makes up for it.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9||Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|RAM||1GB DDR3||1GB DDR3|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n (inc. RJ45 Ethernet)||802.11b/g/n (inc. RJ45 Ethernet)|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x miniUSB OTG||2 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||v1.4a (inc. composite AV)||Yes (inc. composite AV)|
|Dimensions||128 x 61 x 16mm||TBA|
|Weight||< 100 grams||TBA|
|Announce Date||March 2013||May 2013|
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