Rikomagic has been churning out USB-stick style mini PCs ever since its first MK802 release back in May 2012. However, news is coming out that the mini PC maker has just released an updated version of its latest quad-core MK802IV with a new Wi-Fi chip on-board.
The original MK802IV featured Wi-Fi through a Realtek RTL8188EUS chip, but on the new release it has been replaced by the increasingly popular AP6210 from Broadcom. We’ve seen this chip appear in a number of mini PCs of late.
The problem is that Rikomagic hasn’t appreciably changed the shape or design of the unit so telling which model is which will be difficult. However, androidpc.es says there is a way – the original model with the Realtek chip has a serial number range beginning with 201305 to 201306.
The new model’s serial numbers begin with 201307.
At this stage, there’s no word on what else has changed but it’s expected that given the model number is remaining the same, there won’t be too many significant changes elsewhere. Still, a change of Wi-Fi chip is significant enough, you’d have to think.
Interestingly, firmware for the new model has already been released and available online. There are also instructions on how to update the firmware over at Androidpc.es.
The MK802IV was one of the first USB stick-style mini PCs to feature Rockchip’s new quad-core RK3188 SoC CPU. While newer models have since sported external Wi-Fi antennas, the MK802IV features an internal antenna, which has given some issues to users. Rikomagic acknowledged this earlier this month when it announced a fix (of sorts) for Wi-Fi connection issues for this unit. The fix basically required moving the internal antenna to the other half of the mini PC case shell.
No details have been released yet on when the new model will be released or what the price will be, but we’ll bring them to you as soon as they become available.
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