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
|Socket||Rockchip RK3066||i.MX 6 Freescale|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9||Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9|
|Power||Micro USB power, 5V 2A||Micro USB power, 5V 2A|
|Video output||Mini HDMI port||HDMI male, 1080p|
|Internal storage||8GB NAND Flash||8GB flash on MicroSD|
|External Storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Networking||WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth||WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth|
|Memory||1GB RAM||1GB RAM DDR3|
|Ports||1x USB 2.0|
1x OTG micro USB
|1x USB 2.0
1x OTG micro USB
|Price||around 50€||around 80-100€|