Ugoos UT1 mini PC packs quad-core CPU into aluminium case

ugoosut1 Mini PC maker Ugoos has upped the ante when it comes to set-top box style chassis by incorporating an aluminium (aluminum for our northern hemisphere readers) casework in its new Ugoos UT1. It looks to be an identical design to the Kaiboer F4 with its hard-wired power switch and dual Wi-Fi antenna on the back.

The Ugoos UT1 runs Rockchip’s quad-core RK3188 Cortex A9 SoC CPU with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. You can expand the storage via the SD card slot, good for cards up to 32GB. Unlike other similar STB-style mini PCs, this one only features two USB2.0 host ports on the side.

On the back, you get those two Wi-Fi antennas and the power switch along side an RJ45 Ethernet port, optical S/PDIF digital audio output, HDMI, microUSB port and DC power in.

What’s interesting is that it appears to have no Bluetooth support, which at this price, would be disappointing if that’s the case. What’s also of interest is the high 1.8GHz clock speed, which should see the UT1 garner some impressive benchmark performances. That said, we’re unsure where the UT1 features the new SDK2.0 kernel compilation released by Rockchip a couple of months ago. The new SDK2.0 release is said to greatly improve video playback and the speed of other features within the chip.

The remote control looks functional and thankfully isn’t one of those credit card/membrane switch types.

We’ve found this one selling for around $110 on Aliexpress and DealsPrime.

The Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU features ARM’s own Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU and is unusual in being a Cortex A9 CPU built using the more power efficient 28-nanometre production process. This not only reduces power consumption but also enables a smaller cooling footprint thanks to the fact that it produces less heat than a similar chip produced at the more-typical 40-nanometre scale.

BrandUgoos
ModelUgoos UT1
ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.8GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
RAM2GB DDR3
Internal storage8GB
External storageSD card, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
BluetoothNo (TBC)
No./type of USB ports2 x USB2.0 host
HDMI form factorYes
Dimensions187 x 128x 24mm
WeightTBC
Announce DateAugust 2013

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