Rockchip’s new RK3288 processor is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 processor with ARM Mali-760 graphics. It’s the most powerful processor from the Chinese chip maker to date, although at the rate Rockchip releases new processors that probably won’t be true for long.
Anyway, the first RK3288-powered tablets started appearing a few weeks ago. Now the first Android TV boxes sporting the chips are starting to show up.
Vendors are starting to take orders for set-top-boxes and TV sticks at Chinese business-to-business marketplace Alibaba. If you don’t want to order 500 units, you’ll probably have to wait a little longer to get your hands on one of these little guys.
This TV stick measures 4.3″ x 1.6″ x 0.5″ and looks a bit like a big USB flash drive. But while there’s a USB port on one end, there’s an HDMI connector on the other. Plug the stick into your TV or monitor and you can use it to run Android 4.4 KitKat on a big screen.
The device features Rockchip’s 28nm ARM Cortex-A17 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. There’s a microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB of additional storage, a micro USB port for power, and 2 USB 2.0 host ports.
It supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI 1.4A.
This model is a bit bigger and looks more like a WiFi router than a flash drive. It measures 5.6″ x 4.3″ x 0.8″ and has room for a few more features including an external WiFi antenna and an Ethernet jack.
Other specs are pretty much the same as those for the smaller model, including 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot.
Both product descriptions mention support for 8K video input and 4K video output and support for H.265 video.