There’s a new SoC on the market that addresses the same market segment: Rockchip RK3229.
Announced at CES 2016, Rockchip RK3229 is now making it’s appearance and the first prices are unbelievably low for a H.265-capable device (see below).
In some respects, RK3229 is better than S905 and has a better price, but don’t keep your hopes up until someone actually tests these devices.
On paper, RK3229 has some impressive video decoding capabilities for a spectacular price, but the lack of faster connectivity (USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac) might prove to be a troublesome.
One major drawback for RK3229 when compared to Amlogic S905 is the OS – the difference between Android 4.4 and 5.1 is not to be ignored.
So I thought that a comparison between the chipsets is in order.
Work in progress: this page will be updated with new products and specs after I get to test a RK3229 device.
|Amlogic S905||Rockchip RK3229|
|CPU||Quad core Cortex A53 @ 2.02 GHz||Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 @ up to 1.5GHz|
|GPU||ARM Mali-450MP||ARM Mali-400MP2|
|Ethernet||Gigabit||100 Mbps (PHY)|
|OS||Android 5.1||Android 4.4|
|Video output||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 1.4/2.2 + CVBS|
|Video decoding||– 4K2K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps
– H.264 up to 4K 30 Hz
|– 4K2K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps (up to 200 Mbps)
– 4K 10-bit H.264 @ 30 fps (up to 250 Mbps)
– 4K 8-bit VP9 @ 30 fps (up to 200 Mbps)
|10-bit H.264 (Hi10p)||Not supported||Supported|
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