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Egreat U8 RK3188 Quad Core Android TV Box Mini PC Review

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Introduction

 

In this review I`m checking the latest U8 Android Mini set top box from Egreat technology CO.,LTD. The Box is based on latest RK3188 Chipset Solution.Equipped with Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 processor and Quad-core Mali-400 GPU running under android OS version 4.2.2 with 2Gigs of ram.Special thanks to Egreat company for providing a sample for reviewing and testing.

 

 

 

New Company Offices initiation

 

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Chipset

 

RK3188 is currently one of the most popular chipset in the market that’s cost effective and also is fast performance. U8 Android Set-top Box has the same casing design as the U1 Box I previously reviewed, but with more advanced hardware specs. it offers significant improvements in 3D Gaming area due to higher CPU Clock speeds combined with Quad Core Mali-400 MP GPU. Performance improvement are about 50% higher vs. Dual Core model based on older RK3066 chipset.

 

 

Specs Sheet

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Main features

 

 

1. Latest Rockchip RK3188 Chipset

2. Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 processor + Quad-core Mali-400 GPU

3. 2GB RAM

4. 8GB internal Storage (Flash).

5. Mini Compact Box

6. Fully Rooted Device

7. Power On/Off Mode - Turn Power on/off  of the unit with remote control (Standby mode).

8. DLNA / Airplay Supported – Share your Smartphone’s (Android phone & iPhone) media files(video/photo/music)on your TV screen.

9. Miracast – Mirror Screen directly from any certified Miracast device ( Android phone, Tablet PC) .

 

 

 

 

Package

 

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Unboxing

 

opened package with accessories inside

 

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Items in the package ( from left to right )

 

  • User Manual
  • IF Remote Control unit
  • U8 Android TV Box
  • HDMI Cable
  • 5V-1A Power adapter

 

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Design 

 

U8 case design remains the same as previous U1 box model (Dual core) ,Solid and high quality.

 

 

  Side External connections :

  • 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 x MicroSD Card slot

 

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TOP View  

 

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  Bottom View -   External Microphone Hole   

 

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  Back  View  

 

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Build Quality

 

U8 build quality is high with glossy surface on side walls of the box.plastic doesn’t look cheap or low quality.

 

 

 

Accessories

 

IR Remote control Unit

 

The remote is very light weight with good build quality. It has all the basic navigation functions needed. There is an on/off red colored bottom for switching it off when it’s needed. In “off mode” device enters a lower power consumption / Standby mode. The blue button is used for quick launching default media player such as XBMC Media Player software or others. Handy option for XBMC fans.

 

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   Power Supply Unit

 

  • Adapter specs : According to European standard .
  • input : 100-240V
  • 50/60hz 150mA max
  • OUTPUT : 5V-1A

 

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  HDMI Cable   

 

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  RK64 Remote Control  ( Optional  )

 

 

   Main features   

 

  •    Build in microphone – Voice command & Skype Support
  •    Air Mouse function.
  •    Build in Laser pointer ( For presentations ).
  •    Fast Zoom button
  •    Sensors  (3 Axis gyroscope + 3-Axis Accelerometer).
  •    Game pad function.
  •    Detachable 700mAh lithium battery.

 

 

For Additional information about the product : Click Here 

 

AK64 Remote control Air Mouse

 

 

 

 

Operating system 

 

 Latest Android  4.2.2 is install with kernel ver 3.0.36  

 

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Storage and Space

 

Total Internal Space is  8GB. After Os and All Applications installed proximate total space Left  is  ~5.62GB  

 

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User Experience

 

Main Screen  UI  ( User interface )

 

UI is user friendly and very easy to operate.You have a list of themes for selection according to user personal taste.

 

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Apps section

 

Standard apps screen where user to organize and run installed applications.

 

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Performance

 

 

Miracast Feature

 

 

Tested conditions :

 

  • ZOPO810 MTK8659 Cortex-A7 Quad Core Phone
  • Connection Type : Wi-Fi
  • Link Speed Reported : 72Mbps
  • Estimated Distance from Cable modem/Router : ~10M

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Tests 

 

Web Browsing

Switching between Android Os Screens

  Checking response by Flipping mobile phone horizontally and vertically

   Playing “Fast Racing” 3D Game -

 

 

Video Playback tests

 

- Playing 1080P YouTube trailers.

- Playing 1080P video sample stored on Phone with BSPlayer Media player.

  Sample Video Link : big_buck_bunny_1080p_h264.mov

  (Note : Sample stored on a Class 10 16GB MicroSD Card).

 

 

 

Miracast Settings

 

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Test Results

All tested functions worked well.There where no visible Lags (Delays).Mobile tested in Wi-Fi Camera mode same as ip based web camera to check if there are any delays in displaying video on the TV screen.Again all responded and worked smoothly.

 

 

AnTuTu Benchmark

 

Tested with latest Atutu Benchmark software version 3.3.4 with 4GB Class 4 MicroSD Card. Overall score results where High and in their peak for RK3188 Chipset.CPU frequency results shows clock speeds of 1608 MHz as specified in Egreat product Specs. Device could probably tweaked higher, but if you don’t want it to heat it more best leave it in current settings exactly as there are.

 

 

Antutu Test Results Comparison

 

 

U8 Model   [ Quad Core  RK3188  Rockchip Chipset  ]

 

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U1 Model  [ Dual Core RK3066 Rockchip Chipset ] 

 

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Operation

 

Device is easy to use and works very fast. it doesn’t heat up like many android boxes i personally tested including working in high load operation mode.

 

 

 

Firmware Updating

 

Device firmware is very easy to update. process and involves the following steps :

 

1 – Installing drivers according to PC OS.

2 – Pressing the update hole located in the bottom side of the box with a paper clip.

3 – Connecting the box to PC USB port via UTG port while pressing the update hole.

4 – Running Rockchip RKBatchTool Software in the background.

5 – Releasing the update hole switch.

7 – Loading firmware image file and  selecting the “Upgrade” Button.

 

 

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System info

 

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XBMC Media Player

 

 

1080p & 720p Samples were tested with latest XBMC Media Player Build 14.0 Alpha 7. Still, there isn’t hardware acceleration and decoding Support from Rockchip Soc Company. Frames dropped and video playback is slow and choppy. Best Solution is using Special XBMC build specially made for Rockchip devices or install XAF Custom XBMC build, Both support full hardware video decoding playback with external Media player software such as MX Player.

 

 

Note :

Highly recommended using pre installed XBMC build provided by Egreat company,specially made for Rockchip based devices.It`s  the the easiest way to use external media player support since the APK Package also includes a build in player.This way you don’t have to deal with any complicated installations or special settings.

 

 

 

Installing & Configuring XAF XBMC with  MX Player 

 

 

1 – Install  MX Player for NEON Devices

2 – Install  XAF Custom XBMC Build for NEON Set Top Boxes

3 – Install one of the following apps : WiFi File Transfer , AirDroid , SnapPea

4 -  Copy playercorefactory.xml file to the following location :

     /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata

5 – Play a video file with MX Player to make sure if its the default player, if it asks select “default player”

6 – In MX Player and go to >Decoder and select “Use h/w+ decoder”.

 

 

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Installing  Navi-X Add-on

 

1 – After Installing XBMC Download Navi-X 

2 – click on System > Addons > Install from Zip file and Select the Navi-X zip file.

3 – Exit to the main screen of XBMC and check in Programs … Navi-X should be installed there

4 – Click on  “>” on  the upper right corner of the screen > Set Default player > [Auto Select]

 

 

 

    Local  Playback Test  

 

  • All Samples stored  locally on 16GB Class 10 MicroSD Card.
  • Tested  with XAF XBMC build & MX Player.

 

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Conclusion

 

Rank scores displayed on table below are based on a scale value from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest score and 1 is the lowest.

 

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Contact info

 

 

Official Alibaba Store  : Click For More information

 

 

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