A First Look at Rock64 Board as a TV Box

  • 06 October 2017 |
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I have a new "toy" again. It is a newly released ROCK64 - a credit card size 4K60P HDR Media Board Computer powered by Rockchip RK3328 Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor and support up to 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory. You can boot up the card through Micro SD or eMMV module socket (better performance). There are various Operation System available from open source community such Android 7.1, Debian, Yocto and many more. 

I bought this card with 4GB from Pine64 together with 5v 3A power supply and casing. I waited for more than one month to get this card.

This is a great board but the services from sales team is very bad. They don't like to reply questions from customer. No information on shipment status. If you are interested to purchase this board, don't buy through credit card. Use Paypal instead to protect your order. You have up to 180 days to claim back your money under Paypal. If you don't hear from the sales team, escalate the issue or file a claim from Paypal. By then, the sales team will reply to you.

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1 Rock64 items

As you can see, the board came with a box, casing and power supply with international plugs.

 

2 Rock64 Topview

 A closer look at Rock64 from the top. The dimensions and layout very close to Raspberry Pi and Asus Tinker board.

 

3 Rock64 Sideview

 From side, you can see three USB - 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USD 3.0 (blue color).

 

4 Rock64 Backview

The bottom view of Rock 64.

 

5 Rock64 in casing

I enclosed Rock64 into acrylic casing.

I used my old Raspberri Pi 8GB micro SD and burned Android image. I don't really want to buy eMMC module because I have many unused Micro SD. You can the image from Ayunfan, or stock or community build

I used Ayunfan's "0.3.6: jenkins-android-7.1-rock-64-99" that was released three days ago. I also tried out stock build Android 7.1.2 TV.

 

6 Rock64 Connections

I don't have the wifi dongle yet. I coonect to ethernet LAN, mouse, keyboard, HDMI and power up the card.

 

7 Rock64 AndroidTV

It will take 15 to 20 minutes to boot up for the first time. The Android 7.x is the Android TV version, which I don't quite like it. Good thing is Google Play Store and Youtube are there already, and PLEX, ES File Explorer as well.

To install Kodi and other apps, copy the apk files into USB drive and use ES File Explorer to read it.

 

8 Rock64 File Explorer

To install apk file through ES File Explorer, just click on the apk file.

 

9 Rock64 File Reading In Progress

Rock64 is reading apk from USD.....

 

10 Rock64 Install Kodi Krypton

 Then click "Install".

 

11 Rock64 Install Kodi Krypton

We need to allow "Unknown Source" and click "INSTALL".

 

12 Rock64 Installed Kodi Krypton

When done, continue to install other apps.

 

13 Rock64 Dangbei

For China app, I install Dangbei, then use "One Click" to install eight other popular apps.

 

14 Rock64 Apps

To play any apps, select "Sideload Launcher" and click the selected app.

 

So how is the performance? I would say the Rock64 is the best video streaming device compared to Asus Tinker Board and Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.

The apps are running very fast under Rock64! So far no lagging on 1080p streaming. Video quality is great too.

However, I still need to resolve wifi issue so that I can use Smart DNS to unblock geo-blocking sites.

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