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Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV Box With RK3188 Quad-Core CPU, Ethernet Jack

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    Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box with RK3188 CPU, Ethernet jack - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - June 2, 2013

    "A growing number of companies are using the powerful Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor in small boxes designed to run Android apps on your TV. But many of those small boxes are so small that there's only room for a few USB ports, a microSD card slot, HDMI output, and not much else. The Tronsmart MK908 is a pretty good example.


    But the Kingnovel K-R42-1 is a slightly larger box that also packs a full-sized Ethernet jack, among other things. It sells for around $96 at AliExpress, where it's called the MK888.


    That 10/100 Ethernet jack can come in handy, since a reliable internet connection is useful if you plan to use this type of device to stream video from a shared network drive or play internet music or video. Like most devices of its type, the K-R42-1 also features built-in WiFi, but you can typically get a much more reliable connection over Ethernet.


    Other specs for this box include ARM Mali-400 MP4 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, has a microSD card slot, 2 USB ports, and an IR port for use with the wireless remote control that comes with the TV box.


    It has a 3.5mm headphone jack (which is surprisingly tough to find on this sort of device), an HDMI port, and an external antenna which should help boost WiFi performance.


    The K-R42-1 runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, although it should support Android 4.2 as well."
     
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    Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box appears to continue Google TV split - SlashGear (click for full article)

    by Chris Burns - June 2, 2013

    "This week the folks at Kingnovel have released a device by the name of K-R42-1, a so-called "Android TV box" made to utilize the mobile operating system on your big-screen television machine. What's odd about this machine - and similar television boxes running Android - is the fact that Google makes their own "Google TV" platform that also works with Android at its base."
     
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    I like the specs on this box for the price of less than $100. It's got ethernet, bluetooth, 2 GB of RAM, headphone jack, quad-core CPU. However I have read about some android TV boxes running the new Rockchip CPU having firmware issues. So the big question in my mind is not the hardware capability - but rather what kind of firmware support this device will receive? As such I would advise waiting to read some reviews before actually jumping in for a device such as this.
     

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