We all knew it would happen eventually. Chinese manufacturers have seen the success of the Odroid-Go Advance and decided to get in on the action. There are probably more of these to come in future, but the RK2020 is the first Odroid-Go Advance clone to hit the market.
The RK2020 is a hardware clone of the Odroid-Go Advance, all the way down to the RK3326 and LCD screen. The main difference is the addition of L2/R2, though we now know that the revised OGA will also have these.
I was really hoping that this clone would make some improvements on the original design. Dual analog sticks or a higher resolution panel would have been interesting amendments. The benefit of mirroring the original design so closely though, is that any OS for the OGA should also work with the RK2020 with some minor tweaks.
The RK2020 does look to have made improvements in one area though, and that’s the quality of the shell. It’s no secret that the OGA feels somewhat cobbled together, and the RK2020 appears to look at least a bit more premium. Of course we’ll need to get our hands on a unit to judge it properly, but first impressions are positive.
The unit has one microSD card slot on the bottom and a USB-A port on top. The USB-A port will apparently work with WiFi dongles in the same way as the OGA v1. The RK2020 will ship with EmuELEC pre-installed, and due to the familiar hardware we can expect different OS to be ported over too.
The RK2020 has fewer buttons than the OGA, this makes it tricky to re-use OGA images directly on the RK2020. Some alterations will need to be made to button mapping to account for the lack of F1-6. You’ve probably also noticed there’s no volume control. Volume adjustment is achieved by holding R2 and pressing Up or Down on the d-pad.
The screenshot below is taken from the Game DoDo YouTube channel and compares the size of the device to some other familiar handhelds.
The RK2020 is now shipping from both AliExpress and rkconsole.com. Let’s see if it can give the OGA a run for its money. What do you think?
17 thoughts on “The RK2020 Is The First Odroid-Go Advance Clone”
Good review. Thank you.
What kind of products are wifi dongle compatible with RK2020? Can it be a general 802.11AC or N support type?
Unfortunately my RK2020 has been stuck for a long time now. “Your item was picked up by a shipping partner at 9:51 am on May 30, 2020 in JAMAICA, NY 11434. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.” Lame because I live in Pittsburgh (not far). I can’t tell if this is stuck in some sort of customs limbo or what.
It’s been almost two weeks of no changes and stuck in limbo. Don’t expect to receive this quickly in America unless someone is reselling.
From what I can gather, and from experience ordering several products from China, the shipping partner mentioned is the international flight from Yanwen. It has not actually arrived in the USA yet. What Yanwen does is they notify a USPS local carrier at the sorting center closest to you ahead of time to basically keep a look out for the item, I believe this is the commonly known Fast Track method. This method also specifies in detail about the item that is being shipped so it can clear Customs a lot faster and not have to be subjected to a rigorous scanning (for narcotics or anything illegal) or product piercing process.
When it has arrived and cleared customs then you can start using the Fast Track tracking number to track it going from the Sorting Center located closest to your house. This is where you will use that other longer tracking number supplied that is compatible with the USPS mail system for domestic detail location updates.
The reason why there is no movement, or it seems like, is because it’s still in transit overseas. Give it about another week or so.
My experience are items, pre-Covid season, that I purchased from China usually take about 30 days using shipping methods that cost next to nothing.
I’m in the same boat. I’m in Jersey and mine says the same thing. $20 for “fast shipping” is complete BS
I have already placed an order for my RK2020 and it’s on its way here.
I decided to go with ordering this mostly because I really liked the premium design of the chassis, regardless that it’s a direct clone of the Odroid Advance.
Also I just got tired of all Odroid Advance handhelds (new and old) being out of stock.
I will let everyone know my thoughts on it once I receive it and had some time to play with it.
I hope you aren’t in the United States because mine has been stuck in customs or something for almost two weeks since it arrived in North America.
Nice looking overall, but I can’t understand why all brands insist on putting the stick so low next to the bottom edge of the case, it is very uncomfortable and makes the thumb cramped when using it. Hopefully it will be located more like the PSVita form (which is not the best either) but at least it would be usable and also it would not interfere with the D PAD.
You’re better off pre-ordering the OGA v1.1 since you get more for your money…this thing is just a cheap clone of the Odroid Go Advance that costs $10-15 USD more.
This is cheaper for UK folk. Shipping from HK is $20-30. From UK stores it’s £78 ($94).
“Volume can be changed by holding R2 and pressing Up or Down on the d-pad.” imagine when you change weapon in MGS.
I would hope you can lock it out.
“The main difference is the addition of L2/R2, though we now know that the revised OGA will also have these.”
Woah, wait, since when? I know the OGA is currently sold out, but I was planning on nabbing one as soon as they were available again. But now I’m thinking I should wait.
The new revision should be available by the end of the month.
Is the screen identical? Would love something with a bigger screen as long as they’re trying to 1-up the original.
Apparently it’s the same LCD
Wow, it’s more expensive than the OGA r1.1 and they left off the expansion port (which no one is using), 4 of the function keys and WiFi (I assume Start and Select are mapped to two of the function keys). It’ll be interesting to see comparisons (visually the Dpad looks worse but the analog stick looks better).
But it is assembled, looks like higher quality casing and for people like me in Europe it’s cheaper. Most importantly it’s available, so I just ordered this device purely for N64 and DC gaming.