tronsmart-orion-r28-2Tronsmart, has announced its latest device, the Orion R28, its first device to include a Cortex-A17 based processor. The specialist Android media player manufacturer has built its latest device around the Rockchip RK3288, which is probably the first commercially available Cortex-A17 processor on the market. The RK3288 has a quad-core CPU, which can be clocked up to 1.8GHz, along with an ARM Mali-T764 GPU. The result is a processor package that can handle 4K H.264 and 10bit H.265 video.

The Orion R28 will come in three forms. The Pro, the Meta and the Telos. The first comes with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. The Pro also comes with 2GB of RAM but has 16GB of storage plus 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. The Telos model won’t initially be available, but when it is released it will feature 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi.

The wholesaler is also offering a full refund to the first developer who creates a custom ROM.

These first two models are currently available on pre-order from Geekbuying who want to attract developers to work on the platform. As an incentive the first batch of boxes will include a free 8GB SD card with all the source code for the device, plus a development SDK. The wholesaler is also offering a full refund to the first developer who creates a custom ROM. Developers can get the Orion R28 Pro for just $79.99.


All three models will run Android 4.4 KitKat with the promise of over the air updates. Ports on the media player include 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x micro USB with OTG, a standard HDMI, plus a RJ-45 Ethernet port and micro SD card slot.

We are in contact with Geekbuying and we hope to get hold of a review unit, so that we can test out the Cortex-A17 processor and the ARM Mali-T764 GPU.

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
  • I’ve been looking at the Amazon Fire TV since it was launched to replace my Chromecast for streaming and to be able to play games like Minecraft and Asphalt 8 on it, but the Fire TV is a deal breaker with NO Google Play Store. However devices like this might just fit the bill quite nicely and of course if I decide to get one it will be with a 16GB storage. I will be interested in seeing some reviews on it to see what its like to use.

    • fredphoesh

      also bear in mind, if you live outside of the usa, that Amazon (in all their wicked greed) have killed Amazon Prime Video for Android, and despite it running on their android boxes, they will not allow it on others… perhaps to get you to buy into their system. (Sounds a lot like apple incorporated to me)

  • Be sure to review the Minix X8-H first so you know what the gold standard in Android media players is like. The Rk3288 is going to be super fast but also pretty buggy for a while.

  • fredphoesh

    Very nice, but with Andriod TV just around the corner, I would be very careful buying something now unless you are ok not being sure it is Android TV compatible. I would prefer to wait for that new Nvidia chip… will kick this RK3288’s ass!

  • minna

    Can someone give comparison between various Android media player and sigma-based media player like WD TV Live?
    I’m currently use wdtv since 2010 but never able to open hi10p h264 video,
    so I’m curious if this device (or any other android based media player) are powerful enough to play 1080p hi10p video smoothly.

  • MrMagoo

    Just saw this and I have to say… If these scores are right… That Antutu score is pretty exciting!