The new RK3328 chipset from Rockchip is a true media player engine.
CPU wise, it may be seen as the small brother of the RK3399 chipset, but on the media playing side it is definitely stronger:
For one, the RK3328 is able to decode and play video using the extended HDR color palette thanks to its (finally, Rockchip!) HDMI 2.0a support, allowing the RK3328 to be HDR10/LG compliant.
RK3328 Chipset specifications
The RK3328 chipset includes some nice details: On the memory side, it includes support for DDR4 memory.
As said at the beginning, the RK3328 is able to play HDR content, supporting both H.265 and VP9 video decoding.
The RK3328 specs also declare being able to churn out those nice 4K video frames even at 60hz, which is a nice thing (if it works).
On the OS side, the RK3328 will be able to run Android 7 and Linux. It is also compatible with DRM support for Widewine L1 (required by several online streaming services, like HBO) and Microsoft PlayReady.
On the lame side, the CPU consists of a quadcore A53 processor, running at 1.5Ghz. Also the GPU is a bit lacking Mali 450MP2.
Are there any media players running on RK3328 Chipset ?
At the time of this writing, there are some RK3328 based media players, but they are on the pre-sale phase, or just scarce to be found.
The chinese brand DOLAMEE has been talking about it for some time, but it has yet to list a real RK3328 media player on their PRODUCTS tab.
On the other hand, you can grab an A5x Plus Mini mediaplayer, which claims to be running on RK3328 chipset, on aliexpress at only 43 USD (at the time of this writing).
Sadly enough, the RAM / flash memory specs declared on the A5X Plus Mini are too low to be considered a worthy purchase, in my opinion.
I will keep you posted on any new media player carrying this interesting RK3328 chipset, which looks very promising!