Category Archives: Android

Realtek RTD1195 products are now shipping

If you visit this blog regularly you might have read about the new Realtek RTD1195 chipset – I was one of the first to mention this back in May.
And it looks like I will be one of the first to actually test one – and it’s not from one of the manufacturers confirmed their RTD1195 products : Mele or Mede8er.

It’s actually from a newcomer called Eweat.
I will be receiving their Eweat EW902 item in a few days and I will be posting the test results here on the blog.

If you want me to test something specific, please leave a reply to this post.

Next Minix product will run Windows 8.1!

News surfaced today about the next Minix product – and it is NOT RK3288 based!
If you watch Chinese sites you might have noticed that some have “for sale” a RK3288 product called “Minix Neo X9” – that’s just a scam, do not buy it.

But be ready for Minix Neo Z64, the newest Minix mini PC (details below).

Minix Neo Z64 details
– comes with Android 4.4, can use Windows 8.1
– CPU: 64-bit Intel Atom Z3735F CPU, clocked at 1.33Ghz
– GPU: Intel HD Graphics (646 Mhz), perfectly capable of rendering 1080P movies
– RAM: 2GB DDRL
– 32 GB internal storage (eMMC!)
– HDMI 1.4 (sadly)
– LAN: 10/100 (not Gigabit, sadly)
– SD Card
– 2 USB 2.0 ports
– WiFi: 802.11n
– price : around $130

This is a good news, eagerly waiting to test one .

 

Minix Neo Z64

News from Himedia

Last year Mini PC DB exclusively informed you that Himedia Q5 II was being updated.
This year we’ll do it again 🙂

The new Himedia flagship, named Himedia Q5 quad core , already launched in China, will receive a significant hardware upgrade in early September.

So, if you are planning to get one, maybe you should put a hold on the purchase until the new PCBA will be ready (most likely future firmware updates will only target the September hardware revision).

In other news, early next week I will be receiving a sample unit from the current Himedia Q5 Quad core, so stay tuned for a small review.

[Update 9/9/2014 ]- the new version is under production now, and it will ship in about 3 weeks.

 

Egreat roadmap

Until last year Egreat was one of the most important manufacturers of media players in China, their products were based on Realtek (and a few SigmaDesigns) chips.
Their major selling point was the strong hardware: very stable aluminum cases  – I know a few people that still use their Egreat-made Realtek 1073 player (~4 years old)

But in 2013 Egreat did not release any major product (only a few low quantity items, probably OEM android TV boxes).

My sources told me that they lost most of the original team (including lead engineer last November and even the sales people).
Their departure even left some unsolved firmware issues on the Realtek players, which hasn’t make buyers very happy.

Early this year they attempted to regain market share by being early adopters of the new Realtek 1195 chipset – that was unfortunate for them, as this chip isn’t ready even now (in July).

So they are moving towards the most popular platforms and they will be releasing:
– end of July: an Allwinner A31S- based android TV box called Egreat A1
– August: an Mstar-based 4K product
– late August: Amlogic S802 and RK3288 models
– early September – their Realtek RTD1195 lineup comprising of several models

They now seem to favor plastic cases and that would really have an impact on their fan-base (see above)
Also, there seems to be some sort of rebranding process going on, they seem to have dropped their “cube” logo in favor of what looks like a falcon.

My thoughts?
– The market isn’t the same, the other “media player” manufacturers quickly adapted to the “android TV” craziness and now they are ahead ( I would mention Himedia and Kaiboer here)
– I can understand that they lost much by putting all their eggs into the Realtek RTD1195 basket, but going after so many different platforms at the same time couldn’t be good for business – unless you have a very good software team (do they?)
– it would be VERY though to compete with Mele and Mede8er on that RTD1195 item line, as they joined forces and they have a full-time dev team, from which I expect great results
– “S802” belongs to Minix  🙂 – I would rather focus more on Rockchip 3288 instead

Do YOU have something to say?

New! Himedia Q5 4K, Hisilicon 3798C chipset

Himedia is quietly working on the next version of their Q5 line – apparently they won’t call it Himedia Q5-III, choosing Himedia Q5 4K instead.

hisilicon-3798C-item_1
(more pictures below)

 

– Chipset: Hisilicon 3798C (Cortex A9)
– Quad core, 1.5 Ghz
– GPU: Mali450 MP6,  8-core (6+2), 600 Mhz
– RAM: 2GB, dual-channel DDR3
– storage: 8GB, eMMC (expandable to 64GB)
– Gigabit LAN
– 2.4Ghz 802.11 a/b/g/n wi-fi
– 1 x USB 3.0  and 2 x USB 2.0
– SATA
– HDMI 1.4
– Android 4.4
– 1080P UI

As you can see, the specs are quite good, the biggest let down for me being the use of HDMI 1.4 instead of HDMI 2.0  – I guess we’ll have to wait for 2015 for that.

What will really make the difference will be it’s video (and audio) decoding capabilities.
Hisilicon chips are the still the best in that regard, Himedia Q5-II being capable already of rendering BluRay ISO (3D even) smoothly, something we don’t see much in the Android TV boxes world.

According to the source it scores ~21k in Antutu.

And some pictures:

box IF IF IF IF IF IF

RTD1195 production delayed

Realtek was late to the party (bringing a dual core chipset in 2014) and it seems that we might wait more until the first android TV box powered by RTD1195 will be on the shelves.
My sources just informed me that Mele Realtek RTD1195 items will be delayed one month, and Egreat’s – even more – postponed until late August!

So Realtek fans will have to wait more, and perhaps they will be tempted to test and buy the other novelties (Amlogic S802, Mstar MSO9180 and Rockchip 3288)