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F9 Android Set-Top Box Features Samsung Exynos 4412 Processor

February 26th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Geekbuying just announced they would be soon selling a tiny Android set-top box powered by Samsung Exynos 4412 quad core processor. This media player will come with 1 to 2 GB RAM, 8G to 16G flash, and run Android 4.0 (ICS), upgradeable to Android 4.1 or 4.2.

F9 Media Player and Remote

F9 Media Player and 2.4 GHz Remote

Here are the specifications of this device:

  • SoC – Samsung Quad Core Cortex-A9 Exynos 4412 @ 1.6GHZ + Mali-400 Quad Core GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM (optionally 2G)
  • Storage – 8GB flash (optionally 16GB) + microSD slot
  • Connectivity – WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio Codec – MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, OGG, WAV, etc.
  • Video Containers – AVI, MKV(XVID/px/H.264), MOV, TS, M2TS, RM/RMVB, FLV, 3GP, MPEG, DAT, MP4
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Weight – 109g

The device will come with an HDMI cable, a power adapter, a 2.4Ghz remote control, and a user guide.

F9_STB_Rear_Panel

Geekbuying ran some benchmark and the device get 13132 to 13500 in Antutu (1920×1080 video output), which is the highest score they’ve ever got one Android media players and mini pcs.

If you’ve been following this blog, you should know that Exynos 4412 is one of the few platforms to support GPU acceleration in Ubuntu (Linaro 12.11), so with some work, the box could also become a pretty good Ubuntu / Linux platform. An Ethernet port could have been useful though.

Availability and price has not been announced yet, but it should start to show up on Geekbuying and other Chinese online stores soon.

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  1. Pavlos
    February 26th, 2013 at 16:37 | #1

    Ok, I must admitt that this looks very promising…
    on the other hand I must also admit that I’m quite sceptic and most of all about the ability to play flawlessy XBMC…
    Let’s see what will happen,some patience isn’t that bad…

  2. Pavlos
    February 26th, 2013 at 16:39 | #2

    hmmmm…only wifi?
    not so keen on my side of view…
    but as I said…patience… :)

  3. Harley
    February 26th, 2013 at 20:49 | #3

    No TOSLINK S/PDIF Optical Audio output port and no RJ45 Wired Ethernet port :(

  4. Pavlos
    February 26th, 2013 at 21:00 | #4

    @Harley

    +1 for the audio out…

  5. Craig
    February 27th, 2013 at 21:01 | #5

    the first set top box to come with 2GB RAM and they omit an ethernet port *facepalm*

  6. SEAN
    February 28th, 2013 at 00:52 | #6

    @Pavlos
    xbmc HAS BEEN UPDATED TO WORK FLAWLESSLY WITH MANY POPULAR SOC’s RECENTLY, OOPS CAPS

  7. Pavlos
    February 28th, 2013 at 15:29 | #7

    @SEAN
    generally speaking yes indeed Sean…it works flawlessly as media library…
    specifically speaking hardware accellaration is limited to a few SoC’s and even less set top boxes and sticks…
    guys at xbmc and people who developing on it are trying really hard and of course many times they do reverse engineering due to company’s limitations and locked sources…

    so in my point of view when I say flawlesly I mean that a simple user (not an average,a simple) could install the xbmc apk and watch the xbmc experience as it should be from all the aspects either for interner streaming or local smb streaming…and of course all the rest…

    not all (the majority I would say) have the patience,time,knowledge (basic),will to learn and whatever else needed to just make an STB or stick play as it should…I m quite sure that either they won’t bother or else they are going to make an HTPC…

    sorry if my English aren’t quite good…I have long time to practise it… :)

  8. Nineja
    March 2nd, 2013 at 13:55 | #8

    Oh man, so close and yet….
    No av out for old tvs, no Ethernet, No Bluetooth, why, why why.
    And where are the slits or vents for cooling? Or does this have a fan inside?
    Why do these companies come out with half-assed things!

  9. Javi
    March 2nd, 2013 at 14:38 | #9

    Nineja :
    Why do these companies come out with half-assed things!

    Price…

  10. Nineja
    March 2nd, 2013 at 16:02 | #10

    Fair enough Javi, but don’t they realize that making a good product which addresses wants and known bugs better will draw people to buy their device over others? See how rpi addressed the wants of hardcore tinkerers and how pivos leveraged and supported the xbmc team
    All they have to do is trawl sites like cnx-soft and others, see what people are asking for, carry out a pre-design survey/intro and then market their project as the solution.

  11. Marius
    March 2nd, 2013 at 21:45 | #11

    @Nineja
    I know it’s not idea but you can put and USB BT dongle ( 1 $ with shipping on ebay) and an USB ethernet adaptor ( 3-4 $ ) and voila.
    Maybe it will need some firmware support for it but given the HW this runs on it’s just a matter of someone finding the time to make such a firmware. This is for Android of course, in Linux support for these should be easy enough.

  12. TheCageybee
    March 5th, 2013 at 08:13 | #12

    Looks very interesting but only is some form of linux can be ported to it. Should be doable as it’s the same chip as used in the original hardkernel odroid.
    With x acceleration should make a decent low power machine to use for browsing/email/word processing.
    Had a look at the board and there are a couple of interesting bits on it. There’s 3 pin header which could be a serial connection. Also opposite all the other connectors is a mico-usb port. What weird is that there’s no hole for it in the case.
    Can’t wait for this to be released.

  13. vidswaps
    March 11th, 2013 at 05:20 | #13

    It is currently available on Aliexpress as the YW9300 for $330(way to expensive in my opinion).
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Yw9300-SAMSUNG-quad-core-cpu-2g-ram-hd-player-tv-set-top-box/756367029.html

  14. vidswaps
  15. May 6th, 2013 at 11:45 | #15

    Just some update I got about this product:
    “The factory can’t fix some problem of HDMI OUTPUT, the screen always flicker when you operate, that’s no good. and factory can’t fix it. and no good support. we don’t want to sell a product which I know has a problem.”

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