GeekBox Dual Boot Android and Ubuntu Support – img GeekBox
There are so many TV Boxes available out there, so many so that it is hard to choose one. Well, maybe you should, which I recommend, would consider choosing this one that called GeekBox from GeekBuying.
GeekBox is an open source TV box that allows it users to choose their preferred operating system. While most, TV box out there comes with Android only, this one comes with two OSes, Android 5.1 and Ubuntu. From my perspective, it’s more kind of a computer that can be run on your TV.
As an avid Ubuntu user and follower, this means more user will come to Ubuntu. If this continues as a trend, which more and more manufacturer create devices that support Ubuntu, more support will eventually come.
In an early review of this device, due to lack of GPU support, by the way, the GeekBox comes with Rockchip RK3368 processor and PowerVR G6110 GPU, using Ubuntu is a pain. As I said, if this makes more and more users comes to Ubuntu there will, someone, be started to support it.
It comes with 2GB LPDDR3 ROM and 16GB eMMC v5.0. I think it’s OK for a TV box, besides it does not do what most phone does. I don’t know what your phone does, for me, my phone is to take calls, Whatsapp, Telegram, SMSes, eMails and verifications, and sometimes Instagram.
Just like most TV boxes out there, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet is built in with GeekBox. Other like HDMI 2.0, USB 2.0, and micro USB also parts of the TV box.
The most exciting part of this palm size TV box is, it comes with and internal MXM3 connector. With GeekBox LandingShip, we can turn this TV box into a development board. As a computer student, this really interests me, since I’ve been working with Arduino.
Apart from GeekBox LandingShip which can be bought separately, GeekBox also sells other extendable parts like GeekBox Mini TV and OV8858 Camera also many other accessories.
At The End
I think this is an interesting device. It moved away from typical TV box and allows the users, to develop their own software. While this device not for a normal user at this stage, GeekBox continues to support this device through its forum. I think this will be a long-term project.
Here full specification of GeekBox:
|Operating System||Android & Ubuntu Dual OS|
|CPU||Rockchip RK3368 ARM 64Bits Octa-core Cortex-A53@1.5GHz|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX6110 GPU; Support OpenGL 3.1, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, OpenCL, DirectX9.3|
|ROM||16GB Samsung eMMC v5.0|
|Wifi Connectivity||IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO@867Mbps AP6354|
|Language||English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/ etc. multilateral languages|
|Video Supported||HD MPEG1/2/4,H.265,4K-HD, HD AVC/VC-1,RM/RMVB,Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6 ,RealVideo8/9/10|
4K@60 Hz video decoding 10-bit HEVC and AVS+ codec support; H.264 up to 4K 30 Hz
|3D||Hardward 3D graphics acceleration|
|Resolution||HDMI2.0 up to 4K@60Hz|
|HDMI Port||Standard HDMI 2.0|
|Other Interfaces||2 x USB Host|
1 x OTG
1 x TF Card Slot
1 x HDMI
1 x RJ45
1 x DC Jack
2 x Antena
1 x MXMIII
|Security||HW Security system, support popular DRM and HDCP 1.4/2.x|
|Lights||LED x 2|
|Display||Build-in eDP Display|
|TP||Build-in Touch Panel|
|Debug||3Pins Uart Port for developers|
|FAN||2 Pins Control Port for Cooling Fan|
|RTC Battery||2 Pins Port for RTC Battery|
Update x 1
Power x 1
|Power||Power Supply DC 5V/2A|
|Size||90 x 69 x 21 mm|