Rikomagic has been offering tiny Android (and Linux) devices that turn your TV into a PC for a while. Most are stick-shaped devices that look a bit like a USB flash drive, but the latest Rikomagic Android PC is a bit bigger — and that means there’s room for extra goodies including an Ethernet jack, more USB ports, and a camera.
The Rikomagic MK902 is available for pre-order from the Rikomagic UK store for £90 ($143) and up, which is a bit steep for a device of this type. But it’s a lot cheaper than a Windows PC.
The MK902 features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, Mali 400 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and an external antenna to help with wireless performance.
The device sports 4 USB ports, an Etthernet jack, microSD card slot, and HDMI port as well as an AV output. There’s a 5MP camera on the front, and a built-in mic for making voice or video calls.
Rikomagic MK902 Technical Specifications:
- Rockchips RK3188 Quad core,Cortex A9.up to 1.6GHz
- GPU: GPU Mali-400,offers 3D graphic with OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG 1.1
- Android 4.2 OS
- 2G DDR3,8G/16G ROM high capacity memory
- With WIFI 802.1b/g/n Wireless to get rid of the wire bond
- Support RJ45, 10/100M LAN network
- Build in Bluetooth
- Support the latest HTML5,Flash11, etc.
- Support external 3G USB Dongle
- Build in 5 Million Pixels camera and microphone, support SKYPE video all ,MSN ,Facebook ,twitter ,QQ
- Extension ports support 2.4GHz wireless mouse, wireless keyboard with touchpad, etc, while a micro-SD slot lets you add more storage memory up to 32GB
The package contains the device itself, HDMI cable, an AV cable (composite + stereo audio), a power adapter, and a user’s manual.
One of the unique features of this Android PC box is that it has a 5MP camera. This is a great addition however might just be an overkill if used in video conferencing since 1080p video conferencing services only require a 2MP camera.
At 5MP it will however be great for taking photos but then the device isn’t mobile since it needs to be plugged into a power. This means you won’t be able to take it along with you.
The device runs on Android 4.2 but since it is based on the hardware of the MK802 IV then it’s more likely it will also support PicUntu. This is a custom version of Ubuntu that is designed to run on set top boxes using Rockchip ARM processors. Rikomagic said that they are planning to release MK902 LE that comes preloaded with Ubuntu.
This device has access to the Google Play Store giving users a wide variety of options for apps to be installed.