Android Hardware

Inphic i8

First Allwinner H8 box is the Inphic i8

Following Allwinner’s announcement of the H8 chip, it appears that the Inphic i8 is the first Android box using the new chip.

The Inphic i8 runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 and uses the octo-core Allwinner H8 chipset, offering CPU speeds up to 2GHz and an octo-core GPU. Allwinner’s new chip adds support for HEVC decoding so there is potential for this to be a good gaming and media player, depending on the quality of the box’s hardware and software.

According to the manufacturer, the Inphic i8 specifications are:

  • CPU: All Winner H8 is Octa-core Cortex-A7 CPU @up to 2.0GHz.
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544 [email protected] up to 720MHz
  • Memory: 1GB /2GB DDR3
  • Flash: 8GB/16GB/32GB
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g /n
  • OS: Android KitKat 4.4.2
  • I/O: 1*HDMI up to 4Kx2K resolution, 2*USB Host and Divice, 1*AV Standard resolution AV signal, 1*RJ45 100/1000 BaseT
  • Accessories: 1x AV cable, 1x Power charger adapter, 1x Remote control, 1x User Manual, 1x HDMI cable
  • Media Supported:
    • Audio Formats: AAC-LC/HEAAC/HE-AAC v2,AC3,AMR-NB,DTS,MP3,OGG,RA_COOK,WMA,WMA,LPCM/PCM/ADPCM,FLA
    • Video Formats: RM/RMVB, MPEG, MKV, AVI, MP4,MOV,FLV, H.263,H.264, H.265, VC-1,DivX, Xvid, TS,RealVideo,VP6,VP8 up to 4K support
  • Support for XBMC, Google Play and Skype

I’ve never dealt with Inphic before so I’m unsure how good the product will be. However, you can find out more about the product in the link below

[via Inphic]
MK808B-Plus-Review

MK808B Plus Review

Android TV boxes keep evolving and it is amazing what just 12 months can change. With original MK808B not being as fast as I wanted, I decided to invest in the new MK808B Plus from Geekbuying. The MK808B Plus is a quad-core Android mini PC powered by an Amlogic M805 chipset with quad-core Mali-450 graphics and runs Android KitKat 4.4.2. The inclusion of H.265 hardware decoding and quad-core CPU/GPU crammed into the same tiny enclosure of the original MK808B for only $50 was pretty irresistible. Couple that with DNLA, Miracast, built-in wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 and you have a unit capable of playing almost anything you throw at it.

Read moreMK808B Plus Review

Mk808B Plus Android Mini PC

MK808B Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

Introduction

Android TV boxes keep evolving and with my old MK808B not being as fast as I wanted, I decided to invest in the new MK808B Plus from Geekbuying. I’ve already written about the device before, however it’s a quad-core device powered by an Amlogic M805 chipset with quad-core Mali-450 graphics and runs Android KitKat 4.4.2. I was particularly drawn to the inclusion of H.265 hardware decoding and quad-core CPU/GPU crammed into the same tiny enclosure of the original MK808B and so far, I’m quite impressed. Whilst I’m writing up my detailed review of the device, I thought I’d do an unboxing and cover off some of my initial impressions of the device.

The MK808B Plus is available from Geekbuying for $49.99 (Currently $39.99). For more information and to get one for yourself, click here

What’s in the box?

MK808B Plus Packaging

For those who’ve owned an MK808B (or the numerous clones out on the market),t the MK808B Plus is packaged identically – the same black plastic box with the green stripe. Not much has changed in terms of the box. It highlights the key features of the device: KitKat support, 1080p output, H.265 video decoding and quad-core chipset.

MK808B Plus Included

Inside the box, you have all the key items to get yourself started:

  • 1 x Mini HDMI to HDMI cable
  • 1 x Micro USB OTG cable
  • 1 x 5v 2a power adapter
  • 1 x Micro USB power cable
  • 1 x User manual

One thing I have to say is that the mini HDMI cable is tiny! This means that you have to have the box awkwardly hanging from the cable if you have a larger TV which looks awful. The positive is that adapters (like this one) are super cheap and you can use a longer HDMI cable easily.

MK808B Plus First Impressions

I haven’t had much time to play with the box yet but I did take it for a test ride.

First Boot

First boot wasn’t too bad, taking 33 seconds to get to a usable state. The device correctly recognised my TV as supporting 1080p and automatically adjusted its output accordingly. Checking the settings, my MK808B Plus was already running the latest 107k4 firmware.

User Interface

MediaBox Launcher
The MediaBox Launcher (Please note this is almost identical to the one on the MK808B Plus)

The MK808B Plus boots directly into the MediaBox launcher which has been appearing on a number of these newer Android devices. This user interface is much more appealing than the stock Android launcher that came with my old MK808B. It neatly divides apps and settings into logical categories that can be easily navigated with a remote. One interesting inclusion on the menu was a “Clean Memory” function which I haven’t seen before.

The settings menu is very streamlined, only exposing key settings that most people would want to adjust. However, the classic Android settings menu is available by clicking “Advanced Settings”.

There is a HDMI CEC option but I wasn’t able to get it working on the first try so I will be experimenting with this option further.

Performance

Navigating menus and loading apps was smooth and responsive. YouTube worked well in both SD and HD. I downloaded Beach Buggy Blitz to test out the graphics capabilities however, this did expose some weakness. The MK808B Plus was able to render the game at a reasonable framerate only when I turned down the graphics. But given the cost of the device, I can’t say I was too disappointed. The included fish game however, ran smoothly – no doubt due to its simple 2D graphics.

Temperature

I’ve already had questions regarding the device temperature under load. Whilst I haven’t pushed the device hard for long periods of time, for the several hours I did have the unit running for, it was only just warm.

Conclusion

MK808B Plus Device

So far, I’m pretty impressed with the MK808B Plus. For only $49.99, I have a quad-core device that is pretty snappy to use and is capable of light gaming. I’m currently putting together my review of the MK808B Plus so keep posted for a much more detailed review with more images and benchmarks.

The MK808B Plus is available from Geekbuying for $49.99 (Currently $39.99). For more information and to get one for yourself, click here

Mk808B Plus Android Mini PC

MK808B Plus Firmware Update v20141115 Released

I wrote about my impressions of the MK808B Plus last week and now it has just received its first firmware update. Geekbuying have posted download links on their blog post.

View the MK808B Plus at Geekbuying

The change log has some interesting fixes and improvements:

  • MediaBox Launcher optimization
  • Remove ‘Settings-Advanced-Location’ option of Amlogic
  • Repair the screen capture button (set to remove in the setting) turns up again after restart
  • Remove the bluetooth option in the 6181 sharing options
  • Repair no sound for notification problem
  • Google contact sync to calendar
  • Compatible with AP6330
  • Default 94% display
  • Power light adjustment
  • The name of device changed to MK808B Plus
  • Resolve the system halted problem when dragging the progress bar in video playing
  • Add the FishGame akp (can be uninstalled)

Whilst the fixes and optimisations for the MK808B Plus are always welcome additions, I’m not so happy about additional bloatware being added.

Updating the MK808B Plus

The MK808B Plus can be updated via an SD card or via PC.

Updating the MK808B Plus via SD Card

  1. UnZip the “MK808B Plus Amlogic M805-181145-20141115″ file, and copy the files in the “s85_107k4_MK808B_sdcard” folder to the root directory of an SD card.
  2. Connect your MK808B Plus to a screen with a HDMI cable, press the recovery button and then power it on. Remove the recovery button until the screen turn up a robot, then the box will start the flashing process.
  3. Once the flashing process is complete, the device will restart automatically

Updating the MK808B Plus via USB

  1. Open the “USB Burning Tool.exe” downloadable from here
  2. Select “File>Import image” to load burning image package “s85_107k4_MK808B”
  3. Select burning configuration, then click “Start”
  4. Before closing the tool, you need to pull out devices then click “Stop”

I’ll be receiving my MK808B Plus soon and will post a full review.

You can buy the MK808B Plus at Geekbuying here

[via Geekbuying]
Mk808B Plus Android Mini PC

MK808B Plus Android Mini PC Impressions

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.

View the MK808B Plus at Geekbuying

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

MK808B Plus Included

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.

View the MK808B Plus at Geekbuying

[via CNX-Software]