Last week, I made a post about the Measy U4B and I lamented on my disappointment that this quad core RK3188 Android Mini PC did not come with a built-in camera unlike its dual core predecessor, the Measy U2C. Looks like somebody has heard me (or more likely this is pure coincidence) for the MK705 quad core RM3188 Android Mini PC is now available and it comes with a built-in 5MP webcam.
I have to admit that the MK705 comes as a complete surprise to me as I have not heard of it prior to this. Usually, new models either get publicized on one of the Android Mini PC centric blogs or they are available via pre-orders on online vendor sites such as AliExpress. The MK705 however is now available for sale on Amazon. A quick check on the Amazon page does reveal that it is on back order and will only start shipping on May 20 but that is only less than a week away.
I have no further information on the MK705 besides what is available on the Amazon specification page. The first thing that struck me is how much the MK705 resembles the MK812. The MK812 is a dual core RK3066 based Android Mini PC that has a built-in camera as well as support for an external WiFi antenna. From the product photos, the MK705 has the same multi-colored housing, the same location for the camera and it has the same port for attaching the external WiFi antenna. The external WiFi antenna is included with the package.
The rest of the specifications is quite similar to the other RK3188 based Android Mini PCs currently available. The processor is a Rockchip RK3188 quad core ARM Cortex-A9 chip that has a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz. The on board RAM is surprisingly listed at only 1 GB as all of the other RK3188 devices come with 2 GB RAM as standard. Storage is 8GB Nand Flash which is standard and so is the micro SD slot for up to 32GB additional storage. WiFi is 802.11 b/g/n and it has Bluetooth 4.0 as well. It has a USB 2.0 host port to connect to USB devices and a micro USB port for power. These are all quite standard specifications.
So far, there hasn’t been much information on the webcam compatibility of the quad core Android TV stick devices. It will take some time as more users share data on compatibility before a proper database is available. If you are looking for a quad core Android Mini PC without the hassle of going through trial and error to find a compatible webcam, the MK705 seems like a good option. Furthermore, it has an external WiFi antenna that helps with the poor WiFi connectivity problem that affect many Android Mini PC devices.
The only drawbacks are probably the 1GB RAM which is rather limited and the price. Currently, the MK705 is listed at $170 on Amazon which makes it the most expensive Android Mini PC that I have come across so far.