[Update: Androidpc.es found the prices in USD to be a little lower – $149 and $129 – prices in EUR are still the ones mentioned below.]
Neo X8-H will be available on June 4th and Minix Neo X8 will be available one week later.
Minix just put an end to all rumors and announced that their new Amlogic S802 models will start shipping in early June.
And now we also have the retail prices: 125 € (~ 171 USD) for the top model Neo X8-H and 110 € (~150 USD) for the Neo X8.
You can find below a short side by side comparison between the two Minix X8 models.
A few days ago I mentioned Realtek RTD1195 which seems to be used on new Egreat and Mele products.
And here are some exclusive (from I can tell) info about the Mele Realtek 1195 products:
– 3 products will be launched in June (see below).
– we now know for sure that the GPU is Mali 400MP2
– support for H.256 (3840×2160p / 30fps) and 1080p / 60fps
– Android 4.4
– might feature an HDMI 1.4 input next to the HDMI 1.4a output
– DLNA, Miracast Airplay
– Dolby Digital, Digital Plus, TrueHD passthrough
– DTS 2.0/5.1/7.1 MasterAudio
– XBMC – hardware decoding will be possible via a future update (Q3)
– DRM support: Widevine & PlayReady
– Remote via smartphone
News surfaced this week about at least two Chinese manufacturers that will release in a matter of weeks android TV boxes based on some little known Realtek processor: Realtek RTD1195
So I’ve asked my contacts for the Realtek RTD1195 specs and here they are:
– dual core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
– dual core GPU (perhaps Mali-400)
– built-in Streaming Engine for OSD/2D user interface
– Video DSP (with hardware acceleration) – dedicated to encoding/decoding of various formats, including H.265 (“4K2K”), 1080P Mpeg1/2/4, H.264, H.264 MVC, AVC/VC-1, AVS, AVS Plus, HD Jpeg (max 32k x 32k).
(video encoding and decoding can run simultaneously)
– Audio DSP (with hardware acceleration) – with DTTS HD, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD. Supports 7.1 channels downmix.
Formats: AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG Vorbis – LPCM
– HDMI 1.4 receiver and transmitter (with PHY), HDCP, CEC, supporting 3D over HDMI
– MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) with PHY
– USB 2.0 OTG
– USB 3.0 host+slave
– NAND, eMMC (4.5), NOR controller
– SD/MMC card reader
– Gigabit ethernet
– IrDA receiver and transmitter
– dual transport stream interfaces
– support for DRM /link protection (PlayReady, Widevine)
– this CPU is not nealy as fast as the ones mentioned in the news (RK3288 or Amlogic S802).
– based on Realtek past history, android TV boxes using this chipset are likely to have a better image quality than the other chipsets behind the current android TV boxes.
– it will be slightly cheaper than the RK3288 or Amlogic 802 boxes
May is an interesting month, many new products are (finally) announced and will surface soon.
One of them is the Rikomagic MK902-II – first device announced by a reputable Chinese android TV box manufacturer.
This is an interesting move done by Rikomagic (now known as RKM) since their brand is almost synonymous with HDMI dongles and , for the first time, they announced an full-sized TV box with this new chip.
What to expect:
– CPU: Rockchip 3288 Quad Core (1.8 Ghz)
– GPU: Mali-T764 3D GPU
– RAM: 2GB
– 8/16GB space
– built-in camera (5 Mpx)
– 3G USB dongle support
– Gigabit LAN
This will be an interesting year, the Chinese manufacturers like RKM or Himedia will meet very strong competitors.
Say hello to “Samsung HomeSync” – while this is featured as a “cellphone accessory” by Samsung, it could be an interesting device.
Runs Android 4.2 (with Miracast), has 2GB RAM and 8GB internal flash, and, wait for it… : 1TB hard drive space!
While probably the best use will be as a companion to your Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note II, Samsung Homesync promises to be a very good android TV box, and a personal cloud device.
If you’re interested in pretty much the only Android TV Box that can render 3D BlurayISO you might want to wait a few weeks until your local retailer will have the new version in stock.
The improved version, which will be shipped starting with this week, has these differences: – chipset has been upgraded, from the HiSilicon Hi3716 CV200ES to Hisilicon Hi3718 (link to Hi3719C V100 Data Sheet)
– nand has been upgraded to eMMC, this move only is reported to cut boot time in half and to make things snappier – well done, Himedia.
– GPU has been upgraded from a dual core @1.2Ghz to the quad core version at 1.2Ghz
Other info: they are working on an update to their dedicated video player that will add native support for DVD-ISO, making this unit the first android TV box with full ISO support.
Also, XBMC should now working flawlessly.
Will report back if I get my hands on a sample
A new android mini PC based on RK3066 will hit the stores near you (if you live in Europe).
While the chipset might be considered outdated compared to current quad-core standard, this PNI Notebook P5 device, along with the iPazzPort Pearl have interesting remotes to show off, and (maybe) a decent software, as the RK3066 devices had enough time to fix all known issues.
I’ll be back with a review if/when I’ll get a sample.