CNX Software has reported on the release of the MK808B Plus. This new Android Mini PC uses an Amlogic M805 quad core CPU coupled with a quad core Mali-450MP GPU and runs Android 4.4.2. Hardware H.265 decoding and Miracast support are two of the big draws of this device, meaning the unit will be capable of playing pretty much anything you throw at it. Furthermore, the MK808B Plus appears to be the cheapest hardware H.265 player available currently at under $50.
MK808B Plus Specifications
According to the manufacturer, the MK808B Plus specifications are:
- CPU: Amlogic M805 Quad-Core 1.5G (Cortex-A5)
- GPU: Quad-Core Mali-450 GPU
- System Memory: 1 GB DDR3
- Storage: 8 GB NAND flash and a micro SD slot supporting up to 32GB
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Internal Antenna) and Bluetooth 4.0.
- Video & Audio Output: mini HDMI 1.4b
- USB: 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x mini USB OTG port, 1x mini USB for power
- Power Supply: 2A 5V Power Supply
The device comes packaged exactly the same as the older MK808B. Inside the box, you receive a mini HDMI to HDMI cable, micro USB OTG cable, power adapter with micro USB cable and the user manual. The user interface appears to be the MediaBox user interface seen on other Amlogic S805 devices and comes preloaded with XBMC. At this stage, there is no word as to whether or not Linux can be run on the device but I remain hopeful. HDMI CEC is also an unknown at this point.
Geekbuying has already performed some benchmarking on the device, returning an Antutu score of 16601 which is quite good. The device also appears to natively display at 1080p which is an exciting development. Anyone who’s owned one of these Android boxes has probably felt the pain of being limited to 720p without delving into the world of custom roms and kernels.
The recommended retail price of the MK808B Plus is approximately $50 and is available from Geekbuying. Geekbuying will be running a promotion on from the 19th of November, selling the device for $10 of the normal price for only $39.99.
I’ve already placed an order for one so keep an eye out for my review when it arrives.