The Beelink i68 is a new Android 5.1 TV box powered by Rockchip’s newest 64-bit SoC, the RK3368. Capable of 4K playback and H.265 decoding, the Beelink i68 features 2GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage.
I want to say thanks to GearBest for providing a sample for me to review.
Connectivity: 10/100M or Gigabit Ethernet, 2.4GHz or Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (depending on variant), Bluetooth 4.0
Audio/Video Output: HDMI 2.0, SP-DIF
Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x micro USB OTG
Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
Other: IR Sensor, Power button
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 24mm
Beelink i68 Demo
What’s in the Box?
The Beelink i68 comes packaged with a pretty comprehensive set of inclusions:
1x Beelink i68 TV box
1x Power adapter
1x HDMI cable
1x IR Remote Control
1x Micro USB OTG Cable
1x English instruction manual
Beelink i68 Initial Impressions
The Beelink i68 doesn’t break the mold in terms of design. Fitting firmly into the “black square” category, it’s a minimalist black slab that won’t draw any attention.
The ports are located on the back and side of the unit. On the back, from left to right, we have the power button, DC power input, HDMI, Ethernet and optical audio.
Around the side, we have a fullsize SD card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a micro USB OTG port. There’s also some venting to help keep the system cool.
The device is turned on via the power button at the back. Powering up the unit only took around 27 seconds to reach a usable state. Resuming from standby is essentially instant.
The unit runs Android 5.1 and Beelink’s implementation is pretty close to stock. There are a couple of included apps like Netflix and Kodi 14.2 with some video add-ons pre-installed. One of the Kodi add-ons is for adult content and shouldn’t be on there at all. I’d recommend installing Kodi from the Google Play store so you get the latest version.
The Beelink i68 isn’t rooted out of the box.
I quickly tried out some 1080p H.264 and H.265 samples in Kodi which seemed to play fine.
WiFi performance felt good during testing. I was able to play 4K and 1080p video samples from an NFS share on my server without noticeable buffering.
The Beelink i68 is the first Android TV box I’ve tested using the RK3368 and I was keen to see how the PowerVR G6110 GPU would stand up to other SoC GPUs. Thankfully, gaming experience was great. At 1080p, both Jetpack Joyride and Beach Buggy Racing played well – even on maximum settings.
A quick benchmarking using Antutu 5.7.1 saw the Beelink i68 achieve a score of 36306. Epic Citadel achieved 58.8 FPS at the 1080p High Quality setting.
Verdict So Far
The Beelink i68 has put on a respectable performance so far. Whilst its minimalist design is basic, it features strong internals that performed well in my brief testing.
The Beelink i68 is a new Android mini PC powered by the octacore RK3368 SoC and runs Android 5.1 from $66. It also features 1 or 2GB of RAM (depending on the variant), 8GB of storage, 2.4GHz or dual band WiFi (depending on the variant), Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet.
It also comes with Kodi pre-installed and the marketing materials claim “over 50 most popular Add-ons installed in your KODI” so I’m assuming there’s some pre-configuring going on.
Both versions can be purchased from GearBest from $66 depending on the variant chosen.
The Rikomagic MK68 is an Android TV box featuring the octacore RK3368 chip. It’s also one of the first mini PCs to ship with Android 5.1 Lollypop.
Based on the the images so far, it seems like Rikomagic have adapted the case from the Rikomagic MK12. I can’t complain, as I liked the MK12’s case, describing it as “compact” and “minimalist” in my Rikomagic MK12 review.
Inside the case, Rikomagic have equipped the MK68 with 2Gb RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and gigabit Ethernet.
The RK3368 is anticipated to be a reasonably powerful SoC. It’s capable of decoding a wide variety of codecs including the increasingly popular H.265 and also supports 4K 60Hz output.
Rikomagic MK68 Technical Specifications
Operating System: Android Lollypop 5.1
Chipset: Rockchip RK3368
CPU: Cortex-A53 octa core 64-bit, up to 1.5GHz
GPU: PowerVR G6110
Internal Storage: 16GB + MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Connectivity: AP6330 Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
Audio/Video Output: HDMI 2.0 (up to 4K 60Hz), SP-DIF
Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB OTG
Size (L x W x H): 116*112*18.91 mm
Power Supply: 5V 2.5A
Inside the box, you’ll get a HDMI cable, USB OTG cable, IR remote, User Manual and a power adapter.
At this stage, price and availability for the Rikomagic MK68 is scarce. However, I’m anticipating a July release date for around $130, based on other RK3368 devices.