GK802 Android TV-Stick

First I was really excited as the packet from China arrived. Content : The GK802 Android stick.

Powered by a quad-core Freescale 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB SDRAM DDR3 and storage upgradable to 32 GB. Nice. I don’t know if it’s the official predecessor of the MK808 but the higher CPU clock made me buy the GK802 instead of the dual-core’ed MK808.

The installed Android 4.0 system was not acceptable for me so I rushed in to install a linux distribution.

Ubuntu seemed to be the only half-way decent documented distribution out there at the time of this writing so I went for it. Jasbir from Jas Hacks did put alot of work into this Linux distro and to me it seems (sadly) he is the only one right. I managed to get this distribution running but the performance was quite disillusioning.

Some time went down the river when I first installed Linux. I think it was 12.01 preview image with somewhat broken everything. No fast GPU support, no bluetooth. Wi-fi needed some workarounds and fixes.

After some searching on the intertube I did find some benchmarking videos which even more disillusionated me.
Seems that the MK808 with it’s dual-core 1.6Ghz Rockchip puts the GK802 in it’s place. By nearly doubled benchmark points.

What’s even more disillusioning is the fact, that the slower quad-core CPU is even double in price. Shhh….

Some specifications compared

SocketRockchip RK3066i.MX 6 Freescale
CPUDual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9
GPUMali-400 Vivante GC2000
PowerMicro USB power, 5V 2AMicro USB power, 5V 2A
Video outputMini HDMI portHDMI male, 1080p
Internal storage8GB NAND Flash8GB flash on MicroSD
External StorageMicroSD, up to 32GBMicroSD, up to 32GB
NetworkingWiFi 802.11b/g/n, BluetoothWiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth
Ports1x USB 2.0
1x OTG micro USB
1x USB 2.0
1x OTG micro USB
Pricearound 50€around 80-100€

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