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Upcoming MeLe and Egreat A-Series 4K Android Media Players to Feature Realtek RTD1195 SoC

AndroidPC.es has reported that Mele is preparing to launch a new set-top boxes based on Realtek RTD1195 STB SoC with a dual core ARM Cortex A7 (or A9) and a Mali GPU (TBC), and Egreat will also launch their A-Series STB based on the same SoC according to a video by charbax which also features older Realtek and Rockchip Android TV Boxes, and an RK3188 based game console (Egreat K3). RTD1195 supports 4K, H.265 video decoding, and products usually come with USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet ports, and in some cases, even a SATA drive bay.

Egreat A9 Media Player

Egreat A9 Media Player

Here are the preliminary specifications from the the upcoming (and unnamed) Mele boxes:

  • SoC – Realtek RTD1195 dual core ARM Cortex A7/A9 @ 1.2GHz with Mali-400 GPU (TBC)
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 
  • Storage – 4GB flash (8GB optional), internal bays for 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA drives up to 3TB
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
  • USB – Support USB 3.0 
  • Digital TV – Optional DVB-T/DVB-T2/DVB-S2
  • Video Playback – Supports ISO Blu-ray 3D MVC, H.265, 4K (up to 3840 × 2160p)
  • Audio – Supports Dolby Digital Plus / True HD pass-through DTS-MasterAudio

The media players will run Android 4.4, and XBMC with hardware decoding support. The new Mele boxes will be available in June.

Egreat will launch their A-series media players soon as well. I contacted the company for some more details, but since the product is still in development, there are not willing to disclose complete details at this stage. Nevertheless, I could notice Egreat A3 and A9 models in the videos, and the devices are pretty big compared to today’s standards but come with lots of connectors. Here are the specs I could gather for Egreat A9:

  • SoC – Realtek RTD1195 dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor
  • System Memory – N/A
  • Storage – N/A. Possibly a SATA bay is also present (Unclear)
  • Video Output / Input – Composite, Component and HDMI output (MHL). HDMI input
  • Audio – HDMI, Stereo output (RCA), and S/PDIF
  • Video Playback – 3D Blu-ray video playback + full video format support. H.265 decode support.
  • Audio Playback – 7.1 raw audio output “framepacking”.
  • Connectivity – EthernetWiFi with dual high-gain external antennas, and Bluetooth (TBC).
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0

Egreat A-series media player will also run Android 4.4 Kitkat.

Clear details are lacking for both MeLe and E-great products, and there are still unclear specs even for SoC (Cortex A7 or A9, which GPU), but we do know these products should be able to transfer data quickly and play high bitrate 4K videos smoothly thanks to high performance interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and SATA. CPU and GPU performance will however be greatly inferior to the new application processors from Amlogic S802, Rockchip RK3288, or AllWinner A80.

[Update: There’s now another video about Mele RTD1195 media player, shot at their office by Charbax. It seems to confirm the RTD1195 is an ARM Cortex A7 with Mali-400 GPU. They’ll have versions with and without SATA, and it can be used as a NAS / Media Center too. MP scheduled for July according to the guy in the video]


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  1. Dan
    May 11th, 2014 at 20:39 | #1

    Well that’s an interesting turn of events as Realtek more or less quit the media player SoC business some years back.

    Their video core is still probably pretty good along with the new additions but many other Arm SoC’s have closed that gap in the intervening years.

    CPU/GPU are on the lower end for XBMC though and I’d treat any claims of XBMC support as suspect, ideally Realtek would bypass Android video decoding like Amlogic do but it’s probably just going through the native Android system.

  2. May 12th, 2014 at 09:47 | #2

    I’ve added a link to the Egreat video which is now available for all, and embedded a new video, by Charbax again, showing the board at Mele’s office.

  3. Harley
    May 12th, 2014 at 15:51 | #3

    Maybe it’s just my assumption, but my guess is that this Realtek SoC, just as SoC’s from Sigma Designs, probably have better high quality video processing display output circuits than all the Chinese ARM SoC manufacturers like Allwinner, Rockchip, and MediaTek.

    Realtek and Sigma Designs can probably also offer better video quality than even AMLogic, Nvidia, Samsung, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm.

    So while it is true that SoCs from Realtek and Sigma Designs do not offer as fast CPUs as SoCs from other manufacturers, for media players like these then video quality is probably more important and fast CPU and fast GPU, unless you want a gaming console or a multipurpose computer instead of a just a media player with great video quality.

  4. May 12th, 2014 at 20:34 | #4

    I was able to find a reliable source for more details about Realtek 1195, see here: http://blog.minipcdb.com/realtek-rtd1195/

  5. Gabe
    August 16th, 2014 at 14:28 | #5
  6. Gabe
    August 25th, 2014 at 23:26 | #6
  7. onebir
    August 26th, 2014 at 00:14 | #7

    So far it seems like you still have to choose one of:
    – fast processor (eg comparable to rk3188)
    – fast interfaces (eg USB 3.0/SATA)
    – half decent linux support
    ?
    Or are there SOCs that offer 2 or more?

  8. August 26th, 2014 at 10:00 | #8

    @onebir
    Nvidia Tegra K1 has it all. (Ethernet is not there, but can be added via the PCIe interface). IMHO that would be the best ARM platform for a mini PC at this time. Too bad nobody is making one. (except you buy TK1 board).
    The only downsides are price, and possibly higher power consumption.

    Side-by-side comparison – http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/05/21/comparison-nvidia-tegra-k1-samsung-exynos-5422-rockchip-rk3288-allwinner-a80/

  9. August 26th, 2014 at 10:01 | #9

    @Gabe
    Looks good (and cheap). I’m waiting for sellers with feedback to report about RTD1195 boxes on Aliexpress.

  10. Gabe
    August 26th, 2014 at 14:30 | #10

    @cnxsoft
    You’re right. I wrote a message to the seller a few days ago asking about adding more shipping options & the seller didn’t reply yet.

  11. Gabe
  12. m][sko
    September 20th, 2014 at 04:09 | #12

    Any kernel or sdk source codes?

  13. Curmudgeon
    September 20th, 2014 at 11:29 | #13

    @Gabe
    This lists MALI-400 as GPU and claims support for OpenCL 1.1, contradicting my belief that MALI-400 is not capable of OpenCL.

  14. September 20th, 2014 at 12:14 | #14

    @Curmudgeon
    The specs on that page is a mess. It feels like they copied and pasted some RK3288 box specs, and edited them, but only partially with OpenCL 1.1, some mention of Mali-T764, 802.11ac Wi-Fi…

  15. radumx
    September 21st, 2014 at 18:11 | #15

    This device is made by EC Technology Co Ltd, from Shenzhen, China,(http://www.szectech.com) , good hardware but the software suport is zero

  16. September 21st, 2014 at 18:29 | #16

    @radumx
    Which one? There are three devices mentioned in the post above.
    And EC Tech has at least another product I mentioned yesterday -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/09/20/60-ec-u6d-android-media-player-powered-by-realtek-rtd1195-supports-4khevc-usb-3-0-and-gigabit-ethernet/

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