GeekBox Review – TV Box For Geek and Not Geek

GeekBox Dual Boot Android and Ubuntu Support

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.

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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.

Specifications

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:

Specification

General
ModelGeekBox
ColorBlack
System
Operating SystemAndroid & Ubuntu Dual OS
CPURockchip RK3368 ARM 64Bits Octa-core Cortex-A53@1.5GHz
GPUPowerVR SGX6110 GPU; Support OpenGL 3.1, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, OpenCL, DirectX9.3
RAM2GB LPDDR3@1600Mbps
ROM16GB Samsung eMMC v5.0
Communication
Wifi ConnectivityIEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO@867Mbps AP6354
Ethernet100/1000M LAN
LanguageEnglish/French/German/Spanish/Italian/ etc. multilateral languages
Bluetooth4.1
Media
Video SupportedHD MPEG1/2/4,H.265,4K-HD, HD AVC/VC-1,RM/RMVB,Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6 ,RealVideo8/9/10

Avi/Rm/Rmvb/Ts/Vob/Mkv/Mov/ISO/wmv/asf/flv/dat/mpg/mpeg

4K@60 Hz video decoding 10-bit HEVC and AVS+ codec support; H.264 up to 4K 30 Hz

3DHardward 3D graphics acceleration
Audio SupportedMP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/AC3/DDP/TrueHD/DTS/DTS/HD/FLAC/APE
Picture SupportedJPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
ResolutionHDMI2.0 up to 4K@60Hz
Interface
HDMI PortStandard HDMI 2.0
Other Interfaces2 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
SecurityHW Security system, support popular DRM and HDCP 1.4/2.x
RemoteIR Controller
LightsLED x 2
MXMMXM3 Edge-fingers
DisplayBuild-in eDP Display
TPBuild-in Touch Panel
Debug3Pins Uart Port for developers
FAN2 Pins Control Port for Cooling Fan
RTC Battery2 Pins Port for RTC Battery
KeysReboot x1
Update x 1
Power x 1
Other Features
PowerPower Supply DC 5V/2A
Dimension
Size90 x 69 x 21 mm
Weight0.5kg

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