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
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