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MINIX NEO X7Mini vs NEO X7 Android Media Players Comparison

MINIX officially announced their first quad core Android media player, named NEO X7, in early July, and it’s now available for around $140 on sites such as Aliexpress and Geekbuying. More recently, MINIX posted pictures and specifications for MINIX NEO X7mini, a cost down version of MINIX NEO X7. Let’s compare the two.

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The first (very obvious) difference is the lack of external Wi-Fi antenna on the MINIX X7mini, but that’s not all as shown in the comparison table below.

NEO X7 NEO X7mini
Processor Quad-Core Cortex A9 Processor (RK3188) Quad-Core Cortex A9 Processor (RK3188)
GPU Quad-Core Mali-400MP Quad-Core Mali-400MP
System Memory 2GB DDR3 2GB DDR3
Storage 16GB NAND Flash + SD/MMC Card Reader 8GB NAND Flash + SD/MMC Card Reader
Connectivity Bluetooth, Ethernet, Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Bluetooth, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
External Antenna Yes No
USB 3 x USB Ports + 1 x OTG 2 x USB Ports
Video Output HDMI 1.4a HDMI 1.4a
Audio I/O HDMI, optical S/PDIF, microphone and headphone jacks HDMI, optical S/PDIF
Misc IR receiver IR receiver, Auto Power-On (no power button)
Dimensions 125x125x20mm 98x98x22.8mm

Both devices run Android 4.2.2. In order to bring the cost down, they reduced the flash memory size, embedded an 2.4GHz Wi-Fi module, and got rid of the external antenna, removed 2 USB ports (1x USB host, and 1x USB OTG), as well as the microphone and headphone jacks. MINIX NEO X7mini is about a third smaller than NEO X7.

MINIX NEO X7mini price has not been disclosed yet,  and the device will be available at the end of August, beginning of September.

Via AndroidPC.es

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  1. Marius
    August 5th, 2013 at 18:41 | #1

    I sometimes don’t really understand these products. Instead of the mini why can’t I just buy a RK3188 stick for $60, then put a $10 USB hub + ethernet adapter and be done with it for $70 ? I doubt the mini will cost less. Also you can add a USB sound card and USB wifi adapter to get the full Neo X7 specs for way less money.

  2. onebir
    August 5th, 2013 at 19:51 | #2

    @Marius
    I think Minix gets a bit of brand recognition & its prices reflect this. And people don’t mind paying an extra $20-30 to avoid a tangle of cables/adaptors in their living room. (This said, the <$15 Measy U2C-D would go some way to avoiding that, but how many people know about it?) I guess another issue is: would USB peripherals necessarily work?

  3. Larib
    August 5th, 2013 at 20:09 | #3

    @149 one can order an odroid xu with the a15 chip , the psu and a case. What’s is the better buy in your opinion

  4. The Cageybee
    August 5th, 2013 at 21:11 | #4

    @Larib The $149 for the Odroid isn’t the full cost though. You still need to pay for storage, $40 for 16GB. Plus shipping was about $50 the last time I checked Hardkernel, plus you’d then have to pay import duty on top.

    I thought about getting the $89 U2 a while back but once I factored in all the additional costs it came to about $200.

    It’s a shame. They’re nice pieces of kit. The only thing I’d be worried with the XU is the GPU. Not linux friendly.

  5. mat
    August 5th, 2013 at 21:13 | #5

    For the cheaper pens, thermal figure is different (keys/pens have much littler and hotter case), ethenet is only wireless, USB is single, no SPDIF, no integrate remote control (when usb availability is limited, remote is a plus..)

    The Odroid-XU is tempting, but IMHO as it has acrive fan I’d like to know fan sound and power figure (other than linux drivers ) before buying that thing.

  6. Marius
    August 6th, 2013 at 04:14 | #6

    @onebir
    You make a good point, especially about the USB stuff not working, at least not in Android. $15 cheaper is beginning to sound more reasonable.
    I guess I really don’t need what this one has. All I need over the basic TV stick is Ethernet and some USB ports.

  7. Eas
    August 6th, 2013 at 15:26 | #7

    Marius :
    I sometimes don’t really understand these products. Instead of the mini why can’t I just buy a RK3188 stick for $60, then put a $10 USB hub + ethernet adapter and be done with it for $70 ? I doubt the mini will cost less. Also you can add a USB sound card and USB wifi adapter to get the full Neo X7 specs for way less money.

    Percentage-wise, it may be a lot cheaper to do what you are proposing, but in absolute terms, it is maybe $40-50. And in exchange you have to spend more time selecting parts and end up with more clutter. What is time and convenience worth to you? How much could you earn while you are spending time saving a little money?

  8. Marius
    August 6th, 2013 at 15:49 | #8

    @Eas
    I guess my main problem is that I really don’t need much more than a TV stick has, maybe if I did I’d consider this.

  9. onebir
    August 7th, 2013 at 03:32 | #9

    @Marius
    BTW, the MTK6572 phones are appearing on Aliexpress, eg
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item//1117795664.html
    (but is this really 512MB RAM?)

  10. Zinc Whiskers
    August 7th, 2013 at 22:29 | #10

    @Marius
    The sticks appeal to a certain crowd while a box like the Minix I could buy my parents.

    I like the fact it has all the ports I need…plus an ethernet port.
    Why screw with wireless if your house (and TV) is already wired.

  11. August 8th, 2013 at 10:54 | #11

    You can see some pictures and screenshot of MINIX NEO X7 at http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2013/08/06/minix-neo-x7-rk3188-quad-core-android-4-2-tv-box-review/

    The device is now available on dx.com too.

  12. Elad Debby
    August 11th, 2013 at 08:58 | #12

    The cheap RK3188 sticks (such as the MK908) I recently purchased,, has severe stability issues! The devices (I got two: one for my bedroom and one for my living room) crash several times a day and requires constant restarting. The Minix brand us much more stable in terms of HW and ROM builds

  13. Mark
    December 23rd, 2013 at 18:57 | #14

    I find the photo of PCB of MINIX. minipcsale.ru/stati-i-obzory/9-minix-neo-x7 Looks very good !

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