Which is Better? MK808 or UG802?

by WizzRoy

Both the MK808 and the UG808 are Android Mini PCs with dual core processors that have just been released. Which one should you buy? Find out here.

The Android Mini PC or Android-on-a-stick scene is getting more crowded as more manufacturers are releasing their own versions ever since the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC became a huge success.

Two of the most recent entries into this crowded arena are the MK808 and UG802 Android Mini PC.

Although there are many similarities between the two devices such as the identical dual core Rockchip RK3066 processor that powers both these devices and the similar form factor, there are a few differences that quite significant that you will want to know about before making a buying decision.

This article looks at the similarities and the differences between the two products and identifies the better product.

The Android Mini PC that started it all

About the MK802

There has been a lot of interest on miniscule sized computers of late. It all started with the announcement of the Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer that runs on Linux and is targeted at the hobbyist community. It is a full computer roughly the size of a pack of cigarettes that you plug into a TV and a keyboard.

However the Raspberry Pi experienced a lot of delays and supply was scarce when it was finally released. Enterprising manufacturers in China seized the opportunity to release rival products that runs on the popular Android platform.

These devices are packed into an even smaller form factor and looks like and oversized USB thumbdrive. Since it runs on Android, it is much more user friendly as the Android platform is familiar to any Android smartphone or tablet user. So basically the Raspberry Pi has a rival that is easily available, cheaper, smaller, more powerful and easier to use.

The most popular of the Android Mini PC is the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC by far. The two biggest reason for its popularity is that it is one of the first designs to run on Android 4.0 (ICS) and the fact that it is based on the popular Allwinner A10 chipset which had a lot of Linux support and made it relatively easy to get Linux to run on the MK802.

However, the MK802 is not without its own problems. Although very popular, the Allwinner A10 chipset is fairly old and its age shows when running processor intensive tasks on the MK802. Users who are used to the smooth interface on a modern Android smartphone will notice the jerkiness and lag.

Many MK802 users also complain of poor WiFi connectivity. This was suspected to be caused by a poor antenna design or ESD interference from a poorly shielded HDMI port. Another problem that got a lot of attention is overheating. The MK802 tends to run quite hot and some users actually resorted to modifying their MK802 units by adding heat sinks.

So, it is inevitable that a new design will come along and resolve these problems. Two new products that have appeared recently is the MK808 and the UG802. Both are quite similar products that feature a much faster dual core CPU. Let's take a look at the similarities and the differences between these 2 products.

MK808 and UG802: The Similarities

First, let us take a look at the similarities between these two products. As I have mentioned earlier, they are both based on the faster Rockchip RK3066 chipset which features a Dual core Cortex A9 processor CPU running at 1.2 GHz and a Quad core Mali 400, GPU clocked at 250 MHz. There are some vendors that claim that the CPU is clocked at 1.6 GHz and although the RK3066 does indeed support clock speeds of up to 1.6 GHz, I believe that it has been under clocked to 1.2 GHz to reduce the heat.

The RK3066 is a fairly fast processor and it is considered to be in the same class as the Samsung Exynos 4 Dual Core chipset that powers the Samsung Galaxy S2. I am a Samsung Galaxy S2 user myself and I can vouch for the speed of the phone.

Both devices have 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Both have built-in WiFi that supports 802.11b/g/n.

Size wise, both are roughly the same although the UG802 is slightly bigger in all three dimensions. It is interesting to note that both devices have a lot of ventilation holes all over the case. This is probably in reaction to the overheating problems on the MK802. The ventilation holes are there to keep these units cool.

Both the devices have 2 USB ports. However, unlike the MK802, there is no dedicated power port on either the MK808 or the UG802. Charging is now via the mini USB port on the MK808 or the micro USB port on the UG802. This effectively means that only one USB port is available for connecting to USB devices. You will need to add a USB hub if you wish to connect more than one USB device.

Both devices also come with a microSD slot that supports cards up to 32GB for extra storage.

UG802 Dual Core Android Mini PC
UG802 Dual Core Android Mini PC
UG802 Multiple Colors Available
UG802 Multiple Colors Available
MK808 Dual Core Android Mini PC
MK808 Dual Core Android Mini PC
MK808 Dual Core Android Mini PC
MK808 Dual Core Android Mini PC

MK808 and UG802: The Differences

Next, let us take a look at the differences between the MK808 and UG802. These are the facts that you should consider when deciding between the two.

The UG802 comes with 4GB of built in storage while the MK808 has double that at 8GB. In reality since it is possible to add up to 32GB of extra storage using the microSD expansion slot, the extra 4GB is not really a huge difference but it is nice to have an extra 4GB up front before having to resort to buying an SD card.

The MK808 has a HDMI port that requires an additional HDMI cable to connect between the MK808 and the TV. However the HDMI cable is included with the package. The UG802 has a HDMI connector on the unit itself so you can plug it directly into the TV without an additional cable like how you would plug in a USB drive into your computer. However, if the HDMI ports on the TV are located very close to each other, it is possible that the UG802 will block 1 or more of the other ports on the TV. The way to resolve this is to use an adapter cable but this is not included together with the UG802.

The MK808 has dual WiFi antennas for better WiFi connectivity. The UG802 specification makes no mention of dual antennas but it is possible that it has this same feature as well.

On the software side, the MK808 comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) while the UG802 comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Android 4.1 comes with many enhancements such as Project Butter and better Notification Center and this is definitely a significant advantage.

Conclusion

 

While the design and features for both the MK808 and the UG802 are fairly similar, the MK808 holds an edge over the UG802.The extra 4GB storage and Jelly Bean OS definitely makes the MK808 a better choice.

A quick check on eBay shows that the MK808 is a little more expensive than the UG802 as it is slightly newer but I believe that prices will drop to a point where both will be roughly the same.

On the other hand, even as you read this, I am very sure that even newer models are appearing on the market so come back often and check out my articles on both Wizzley and Squidoo.

LINKS

New MK808 Dual Core Android 4.1 Mini PC

New UG802 Dual Core Android Mini PC

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Which do you think is better? MK808 or UG802?

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marvinmckinley on 05/11/2014

Can I plug the MK808 into my ASUS T100 laptop running Windows 8 and use it as an Android device and download Android Apps.

Walt on 02/22/2013

Thanks, I vote for the mk808. can you check ouy the probox 2.

ogrydc on 12/19/2012

My unit of UG802 comed with HDMI adapter cable, and after flashing the Finless ROM, I gained the full 8Gb. So the difference is only in the BT device.

Nani on 12/18/2012

MK808 is better

sean on 10/16/2012

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Updated: 10/04/2012, WizzRoy
 
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niklas on 12/21/2012

how about MK802 iii vs mk808???
both 8gb

VicOEM on 12/17/2012

Worth mentioning to upgrade to Finless ROM 1.7 (Jelly Bean 4.1) or later as soon as you get any of above devices. The stock ROM is crap.

katiem2 on 10/09/2012

Good to have a tech guy here. Thanks for the update on the comparison of the 808 vs. the 802 :)K

WizzRoy on 10/01/2012

Thanks Mira. No, I don't think these mini PCs will replace a laptop just like a tablet has not replaced the need for a laptop.

Mira on 09/30/2012

So I guess we'll all have these mini PCs, to use with thin folding keyboards and the TV sets in cool hotel rooms. Our current laptops will seem look as big and ancient as the old mainframe computers (although there still are many mainframe computers in use). Welcome to Wizzley! I look forward to reading more articles from you.

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