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Zoomtak T8 Android TV Box Powered by Amlogic S802 Features a 2.5″ SATA Bay, an Aluminum Enclosure

There are now several Android TV boxes powered by Amlogic S802 such as Tronsmart Vega S89, SZTomato/Eny M8, and Minix Neo X8, and Zoomtak T8 hardware specifications are quite similar to these three devices, except it happens to feature an internal 2.5″ SATA bay placed under the board, and the body is made of aluminum.

Zoomtak_T8Zoomtak T8 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S802 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + SD/MMC/MS card reader + 2.5″ SATA bay
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna.
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a, composite output, and component output
  • Audio Output – HDMI, stereo RCA, and optical S/PDIF
  • Video Container Formats – DAT, MPEG, MPE, MPG, TS/TP, VOB, ISO, AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, FLV, MKV, M2TS, MTS, M4V, WMV, ASF, RM/RMVB, etc…
  • Audio Formats – MP2, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, OGA, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AAC etc…
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, LED display on front panel, and power button.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A

S802_SATA_BayThe box is strangely said to run Android 4.2, instead of Android 4.4 for all other S802 devices, and comes with an HDMI cable, a user’s manual and an IR remote control. The case is made of aluminum available in black, gold, or silver. The downsides are that there’s only 1GB RAM, and Bluetooth is only supported with an external USB Bluetooth dongle. The specs only list PAL/NTSC to 1080p60 resolutions to be supported, no 4K, which seems odd as well. Having said that, the manufacturer’s product page as different hardware specs with 2GB RAM, built-in Bluetooth 4.0, 4K output, and Android 4.4 with XBMC pre-installed. For people who care about proper power handling, power on/off can be handled both by the remote control and the power button on the box, which should be mean an MCU is controlling the power.

Zoomtak T8 can be purchased for $79 + shipping (about $20) on Zoomtak Aliexpress store. With an Aluminum casing and a SATA bay it seems pretty inexpensive, so I’d assume the specs on Zoomtak Aliexpress might be correct, rather than the ones on their own website. AFAIK, S802 SoC does not features SATA, so it is most likely implemented via a USB 2.0 to SATA chip limiting throughput to 60MB/s in theory, but in practice it should be even lower. I’m also a little concerned about power dissipation seeing where the SATA is placed in the enclosure.

[Update: חן קסל left comments on Google+ saying he has received the box, it comes with 2GB RAM, built-in Bluetooth, Android 4.4, and the hard drive he has inserted is working fine. Not bought from Aliexpress however.]

Via AndroidPC.es

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  1. Marius
    June 27th, 2014 at 04:40 | #1

    Now here’s a nice one. I like the Alu case, the small LCD is nice and if it has a SATA bay it’s great. Too bad about the SOC since it doesn’t have any SATA or at least USB 3.0.
    Maybe this will come with a better SOC later.

  2. Marius
    June 27th, 2014 at 04:43 | #2

    One thing I’m not really sure about with this one though is the cooling. If the SOC is indeed under the hard drive that’s not good, it should be on the other side, touching the Alu case so that it can cool properly.

  3. mac
    July 2nd, 2014 at 17:24 | #3

    Consider that case is made with aluminium and HDD is fixed to the bootom part. Then heat made by HDD will be taken by the case. There are also many holes on sides which allows to circulate air better.

    Anyone tried run Linux on it? With factory SATA it should work grat as a Desktop Computer? I tried with MK808B but it looks like USB hardware implementation is completely broken in rk3066 …

  4. July 6th, 2014 at 07:58 | #4

    I do have Zoomtak M6 device and I must say that it’s one of better devices which implements Amlogic SoC so I have no doubts that it’s good device.

    Related to overheating, it’s amazing how much heat can be reduced with INCREASED cpu power by optimizing and upgrading kernel.
    About Linux, it is possible for sure to run full feature arm distro. Problem is OpenGL hardware acceleration which is not available yet for Mali 400/450 afaik.

    Linux XBMC is another thing, I did one or two pre-alpha releases for Beelink S82 (for testing), it actually runs very good. Problem to solve on that project is resolution switching, as M8 does not scale 1080p (for example) but outputs real 1080p. But quad core just for Linux XBMC? :)

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