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.
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.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.8GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||SD card, up to 32GB|
|No./type of USB ports||2 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||Yes|
|Dimensions||187 x 128x 24mm|
|Announce Date||August 2013|
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