Tronsmart has launched an $80-and-up “Orion R28” mini-PC that runs Android 4.4 on a quad-core, Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz.
Like Ugoos, Tronsmart has tapped Rockchip system-on-chips such as the quad-core, Cortex-A9 RK3188, which fuels its Android-ready Tronsmart T428 stick computer. Tronsmart’s latest mini-PC — the Orion R28 — advances to Rockchip’s quad-core RK3288 SoC, which uses the Cortex-A17 architecture, a faster, smaller, and more power efficient heir to the Cortex-A9. The SoC has already appeared in the Rikomagic MK902II and the Ugoos UT3 mini-PCs.
Orion R28 Pro front and rear views
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Like its competitors, the Orion R28 integrates ARM’s Mali T764 GPU. The T764 supports up to 4Kx2K and Full [email protected] display resolution, yet is said to draw one-fourth the power of the earlier Mali-T604.
Tronsmart retail partner Geekbuying.com is taking pre-orders for an $80 Pro and $120 Meta version, each measuring 6.25 x 3.24 x 1.12 inches. Both models offer 2GB of DDR3 RAM.
The Pro has 8GB of eMMC storage and a Broadcom AP6210 wireless module with 802.11n WiFi, while the Meta has 16GB plus a Broadcom AP6335 module with the faster 802.11ac WiFi. The prices are discounted and will last only another week before dropping to $125 and $140 respectively.
Orion R28 Pro back port detail
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Later this year, Tronsmart plans to release a Telos version with a whopping 4GB of RAM. The Telos will feature 32GB of eMMC storage, as well as the high-end Broadcom AP6335 module.
All three models run Android 4.4 and provide gigabit Ethernet ports. Other common features include Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD slot, and an HDMI 2.0 port. You get three USB host ports and a micro-USB OTG port, as well as AV out and S/PDIF out ports.
Orion R28 Pro side port detail
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The Orion R28 ships with an IR remote, as well as an external antenna. Miracast/SMB, Airplay, and DLNA are all supported, and Tronsmart also provides OTA updates.
Specifications listed for the Pro and Meta versions of the Orion R28 mini-PC include:
- Processor — Rockchip RK3288 (4x Cortex-A17 cores @ 1.8GHz); Mali-T764 GPU
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 8GB (Pro) or 16GB (Meta) eMMC flash
- MicroSD slot (up to 32GB)
- Video support — 2160P multi-format video decode, H.265, 4K2K
- Audio support — MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, APE, FLAC, AAC, AC3
- Bluetooth 4.0
- IR with remote
- Pro — 802.11b/g/n (Broadcom AP6210)
- Meta — 802.11b/g/n/ac (Broadcom AP6335)
- External antenna
- Networking — gigabit Ethernet
- Other I/O:
- 3x USB host
- Micro-USB with OTG
- HDMI 2.0 out
- AV out
- Optical S/PDIF out
- 2x RS232 (reserved)
- Other features — Miracast/SMB, Airplay, and DLNA support; OTA updates; multi-language support
- Power — 5V, 3A
- Weight — 6.2 oz.
- Dimensions — 6.25 x 3.24 x 1.12 in.
- Operating system — Android 4.4
Geekbuying.com is taking pre-orders for Tronsmart’s Orion R28 in both the $80 (Pro) and $120 (Meta) versions. These provide 8GB and 16GB storage, and 802.11n and 802.11ac WiFi, respectively. In a week, prices will increase to $125 and $140, respectively. Tronsmart and Geekbuying.com also offers volume discounts with rebates for custom ROMs, referrals, and review videos.