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New Android PC-On-A-Stick Offers More Power Than MK802

By - Source: Liliputing | B 22 comments

Another Android mini-PC stick hits the market, this time with double the power.

Earlier in May, we caught a glimpse of the MK802, a USB-stick shaped mini-PC featuring Android 4.0. With the device, all you'd have to do is connect a wireless keyboard, mouse, and mini-HDMI cable and you could have Android 4.0 up and running on any HDMI enabled TV. Now, a new Android-stick has hit the market, this time with twice the power.

This new stick from YouTube user Renobotes features a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a big improvement over the MK802, which offers a single-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A-8 processor and 512MB of RAM. In addition to the higher processing power, the stick features 4GB of internal storage along with microSD expansion.

MK802 Killer Android mini-PC

With an Antutu benchmark score of 5556, the device doesn't beat out the newest powerhouse smartphones, but scores well in the range of the Kindle Fire tablet or LG Optimus X2. With an $89 price tag, the device comes in at just $15 above the MK802, but the only way to get one at the moment is to contact the YouTube user directly.

 

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    burnley14 , August 27, 2012 2:31 PM
    That's a pretty awesome idea.

    Question: what is the power source? If it requires an additional power cable the concept is destroyed.
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    maqsabre , August 27, 2012 2:41 PM
    i don't get how this could be useful
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    weierstrass , August 27, 2012 3:01 PM
    Is this real? All images are rendered.
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    nebun , August 27, 2012 3:12 PM
    so does this thing have it's own power supply?....if it does not then it's not a computer....especially if you have to plug it in computer to read that info on it....to me it looks more like a storage device
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    nafhan , August 27, 2012 3:14 PM
    Rockchip... that's my only concern here. The specs look great for the price. I'd just be worried that we might see something similar to the USB controller problems that the Raspberry Pi has.

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    spookie , August 27, 2012 4:08 PM
    Not too bad!
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    saturnus , August 27, 2012 5:30 PM
    burnley14Question: what is the power source? If it requires an additional power cable the concept is destroyed.


    I would imagine that it is powered by pin 18 +5V on the HDMI plug although that will require the power consumption to be less than 250mW (or 50mA).
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    gsacks , August 27, 2012 6:27 PM
    Although they don't seem to pushing this usage model, I would think it would also worked plugged into an HDMI input on a home theater receiver, which would be important to anyone with a surround sound speaker set-up. Most older model HDTVs do not have a digital audio return channel.
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    dalethepcman , August 27, 2012 6:41 PM
    touchscreen monitor + android on a stick = cheap desktop pc.

    "Dumb" tv, + wireless keyboard / mouse = super smart tv.
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    suture , August 27, 2012 8:21 PM
    A home lcd tv with android?, if this goes mainstream the netbooks/laptops market will take a big hit.
    Nowdays most home users only have a laptop to do basic stuff (youtube/fb/ watch movies, music,etc) . if they can do that on a TV why bother to buy a laptop?
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    atmos929 , August 27, 2012 8:32 PM
    these kind of products have been available at buyingcoins and dealextreme for over a year!!
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2012 5:48 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgRqcF5QK5c&feature=plcp

    Please see the video of this device in action.
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    marshal11 , October 19, 2012 4:09 AM
    burnley14That's a pretty awesome idea.Question: what is the power source? If it requires an additional power cable the concept is destroyed.

    with the MK802, you can power it with a power adapter that you simply plug into the wall, or you can power it by one of the USB ports. judging by the pictures provided, the RK3066 has the exact same design on the exterior, so it is probably the same.
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    jazz84 , November 7, 2012 7:05 PM
    Am I the only one who's slightly put off by the fact that the only way to get one of these is through a specific YouTube user? I need to do more research on the individual and maybe I'm being overly paranoid, but this seems to have "potential back door" written all over it.
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    lpedraja2002 , November 14, 2012 7:41 PM
    Gentlemen, welcome to the future. In a year or so these devices will have enough power and RAM to operate on a normal desktop/laptop level and it will be awesome. If these can be made to work with Windows and operate normally with a wireless mouse and keyboard I would buy one without a doubt.
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2012 2:08 AM
    Why would you want to make them work with a dying, albeit in a painfully-slow fashion, OS?
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2012 2:14 AM
    Make them with 4 GB of RAM and proper Linux support at once, I say, so I can finally ditch my humongous tower PC.
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    fancarolina , January 2, 2013 3:02 AM
    Umm the MK808 has been out for a while just order one from Hong Kong. That's what I did. Love the thing works like a charm.
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2013 5:30 PM
    Buy one, root it, install ubuntu 12.04 on it = full linux desktop on tv
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    youssef 2010 , March 7, 2013 3:04 PM
    A great idea.
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