Is the Reakosound rk-a716 any good?
The RK-A716 is another Chinese made Android Headunit based on the enduring 8227L chipset with a very limited quad-core processor. The slow processor by modern standards has been surpassed by many newer generations of chip to better support a smoother user experience.
1Gb of RAM is fitted to these A716 models, of which not all of that is usable. This is not enough RAM to support modern android apps and Android is all about the apps. 1Gb RAM is just too little and there is no DIMM socket to add more. These are more like tablets and nothing like laptops.
The processor, as mentioned above is the quad-core MTK8227L using four cortex A7 clocked at 1.3GHz. More cores is better, more Ghz is better and later versions of cortex cores bring faster speeds. The MTK8227l fitted to the A716 fails on all the higher features. A low number of cores, poor clock rate and old style cortex cores all add up to a disappointingly poor performance. The poor performing processing coupled to limited RAM brings a frustrating performance.
Android version is probably Android 8.1go. but could be Android 6 or even 4.4.4
All these android versions listed above are happier to run on the limited hardware and later android versions work better on systems with more RAM and faster processors. Be aware that some, newer apps won’t run on the very early android versions and 8.1go is a limited version of android specifically for the budget end devices.
What is good about the A716?
You can still find the Double DIN ReakoSound RK-A716 here on AliExpress and included in the box is a mounting bezel to, at least, make the install look good. A GPS antenna on a lead long enough to reach the windscreen is a necessary inclusion for Sat-Nav map guidance. A couple of hardware mounting plates with screws to help this universal Double DIN stay fixed on place. Some aftermarket SWC is included, which could be useful if not the prettiest solution to aftermarket steering wheel control. You may even get a cheap reversing camera included with the A716 but it would be worth considering buying a better one if that is an important feature for you.
Included is an uneventful 16Gb ROM
USB front port is useful
The factory pin is 8888
Bluetooth pair pin is 0000
Wifi is listed as ‘supported’
Screen resolution is an acceptable 1024 x 600
Compatible with reversing cameras and the long list of android headunit addons available
The ISO connectors are missing from the ends of the cable! This turns a quick install to a much more involved and laborious trek through the wiring guide. If you find yourself in the position of bare wires where the ISOs should be, check our wiring guide box below.
Missing ISO connectors can be a head-ache. Consider this connector on Amazon as a replacement for the bare ends lead supplied with the RK-A716. It may just save you a few wasted hours.
Android Headunit Available Addons
This Android Headunit is compatible with: Universal Reversing Cameras, 360 degree camera views, DAB+ Radio upgrade, GPS Sat-Nav with Google Maps or Waze, Aftermarket Steering Wheel Controls (SWC), Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), OBD2 engine diagnostics, 4G Mobile Data,Digital TV (DVB-T2). It comes with WiFi and GPS as standard.
[review_summary title=”Quick Review summary for RK-A716″ summary=”A 7inch Double DIN that is best avoided, being under specified but over priced. There are many, much better options available to you.” positives=”Front USB port
Physical Volume Control
It looks good in pictures
Double DIN mounting” negatives=”No ISO connectors
Very old and slow processor
Not enough RAM
Very poor value for money
Difficult to install”] [rating title=”Speed” value=”1″ range=”5″] [rating title=”Value for money” value=”1″ range=”5″] [rating title=”Quality of construction” value=”3″ range=”5″] [rating title=”Ease of install” value=”2″ range=”5″] [/review_summary]