You’d think given the prevalence of quad-core SoC CPUs that older dual-core models would have started being put out to pasture. Not by a long shot by the looks of it, with this new MK821 TV box mini PC hitting the market.
It features Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system driving Rockchip’s first-generation dual-core RK3066 Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board flash. Storage can be expanded by SD card, up to 32GB per card and you get three Type-A USB2.0 host ports to play with.
In addition to the HDMI output, you get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with an external antenna plus RJ45 wired Fast Ethernet. However, despite the presence of the Bluetooth logo on the top right-hand-corner sticker, there’s nothing in the specifications that suggests this one has Bluetooth of any description on-board.
Still, it’s one of the cheapest TV box mini PCs we’ve seen, selling on Aliexpress for $56 plus shipping.
While the dual-core CPU might date this one a little, at least it comes with the latest Android operating system – although we suspect it won’t be long before we see new Android 4.3 models appear on the market.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||SD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n (inc. ext. antenna, RJ45 Ethernet)|
|No./type of USB ports||3 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||Yes|
|Announce Date||August 2013|
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