It was less than 12 months ago that Rikomagic released its single core AllWinner A10 HDMI stick – a mini Android PC housed inside a tiny little plastic box with a HDMI plug on it. Now, 11 months later, those ‘powerful’ A10 processors are long since obsolete as we clamour for faster speeds, more cores and higher benchmark scores. Ever willing to oblige, our friends in China have dutifully managed to cram all that fresh new horsepower into the same tiny little plastic box and the web stores are about to explode once again with a thousand variations of the same tiny little computer.
One of the first to be recognised, thanks to Liliputing, is the Tronsmart T428 which was in pre-order status for a very long time – but is finally available to buy for $99 from Geekbuying. In true Chinese style, Tronsmart have just released the MK908 which is pretty much identical but in a different shell and costing $9 less at $89.99.
I hunted around for a while for something cheaper until stumbling across a new model by Ugoos called the UG007B. Our friends at Willgoo are offering a reduced price pre-order of the UG007B for the princely sum of $76.99 including shipping. No doubt the price will drop again over the next few months until we’re able to pick these up for around the $50 mark, but if you simply must have one now then this is the cheapest price I’ve found so far. If you’ve found another RK3188 stick cheaper somewhere else, do let me know!