Rikomagic is nearing the ship date for its MK902 II, which is an Android-powered TV box/mini-PC. Some people call it a TV box – because you connect it basically to your TV and then get to do stuff – and some call it a mini-PC, which is again understandable, as it more or less gives you a PC-like interface using the built-in Android OS.
The first version of the MK902 garnered relatively positive reviews – it put Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a big screen and allowed users to control it with a mouse and keyboard. The second version of the MK902 now boasts upgraded internals – starting with a new Rockchip ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor (1.8Ghz) and ARM Mali-T764 graphics. This is coupled with 2GB of RAM, which should give the box some extra speed from the earlier version’s 1GB.
The upgraded internals also make sense because the MK902 II now runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat. Other than that, the functional design pretty much looks the same – the box comes with a built-in 5MP camera, Ethernet jack, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities, four USB ports, a microSD card reader and comes with either 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage.
The wholesale price on this item is slated at USD$100, although various online retailers would probably add to that price for their own margins. The new TV box is scheduled to ship by the third week of August or thereabouts.