Home > AMLogic AML8726, Android, Hardware, Video > Amlogic S802 TV Boxes Are Getting Cheaper: Meet $72 MX3 (M82) TV Box

Amlogic S802 TV Boxes Are Getting Cheaper: Meet $72 MX3 (M82) TV Box

When Android media players based on Amlogic S802 first launched a little over 3 months ago, they all sold for over $100. Since then various products have come to market, with prices slowly edging lower. But none comes as cheap as MX3 (aka M82), whose name is probably inspired from Gbox Midnight MX2, as it sells for $72.22 on GearBest including shipping. [Update: It can be found for $70 on DealExtreme]

MXIIILet’s go through the specifications:

  • SoC – AMLogic S802 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 at 2.0GHz with ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4 GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video and Audio Output – HDMI  and AV
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports + micro USB OTG
  • Misc – IR Sensor, Power LED, power button, and recovery/update switch via AV jack
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 11.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Weight – 192 grams

The box comes with HDMI & AV cables,  a power adapter, an IR remote control, and a user’s manual. In order to achieve a lower price, they’ve cut a few corners with just 1GB RAM, 4GB flash, and Bluetooth and SPDIF found in many other S802 have been dropped. The biggest issue might be the 4GB flash if you plan to install many applications.

There’s another reseller, Earnwisdom, that sells the box, and they made a review video showing the unboxing and the device in action. It’s still running Android 4.4 with XBMC pre-installed, and the usual metro style user interface.

The MX3 on Earnwisdon is sold for a more standard $99.99, but comes with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so clearly there are several variations of the same model.

Via AndroidPC.es

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

  1. Danilo
    July 18th, 2014 at 22:36 | #1

    Is possible used the same firmware of minix neo x8?

  2. nipszx
    July 19th, 2014 at 06:17 | #2

    How does the wifi stack up compared to it’s competitors? Tronsmart Vega S89, M8, Mele X1000, T8, Mi Pro? Thanks

  3. adem
    July 19th, 2014 at 07:05 | #3

    i think if the system is configured properly it would not make too much difference to the eye if the ram was 1GB or 2GB just look at stane1983 prometheus rom. as for the rom being 4GB is also a no big deal couse xbmc does not require too much space.

  4. July 19th, 2014 at 09:28 | #4

    @Danilo
    Different wifi, different flash size, and maybe other differences so no it would not work. Although with Linux 3.10 it might be possible to make some modifications to run MINIX NEO X8 firmware on other platform…

    @nipszx
    Hard to know without a sample.

    @adem
    For XBMC, I think 1GB RAM, 4GB flash should be fine (what about video add-ons?), but so is a dual core processor, unless you want to play 4K videos, where few dual core SoCs support 4K video decoding.

  5. July 19th, 2014 at 15:05 | #5

    Danilo :
    Is possible used the same firmware of minix neo x8?

    NO,YOU CAN’T. This one use the Realtek RTL8188, so the firmware is different, we will share the stock firmware for MXIII in our blog today later.

  6. July 19th, 2014 at 15:06 | #6

    nipszx :
    How does the wifi stack up compared to it’s competitors? Tronsmart Vega S89, M8, Mele X1000, T8, Mi Pro? Thanks

    I can tell, the wifi is not good compare with the Tronsmart vega s89. and it also don’t support bluetooth. But if you use the ethernet and want to try the S802 chip, it’s a good choice right now.

  7. arrhenius
    July 24th, 2014 at 15:16 | #8

    @cnxsoft
    i just ordered one!

    i hope i will find firmware updates in cnx-software.com in the future.. do you think we will get a linux distro working on this box in the near future?

    thanks

  8. A piece of c…
    August 29th, 2014 at 01:07 | #11

    I bought a MXIII Amlogic S802 2.0GHz Quad Core Google Android 4.4.2 from Geekbuying. It broke after a few hours of use. It just wont power up and the power led stays red. After I leave it unplugged for hours it might turn on, but freeze after Google logo is displayed.

    Based on this experience I would really suggest you avoid that one and get one that is of better quality.

  9. September 10th, 2014 at 14:58 | #13

    MXIII comes in 3 variants. 2gb version is same hardware as Beelink S82 / Tronsmart Vega S89. 1gb version comes with 2 wifi modules. Only 1st batch was with realtek 8188 wifi module. All other batches comes with ap6181. For Linux it will not be a problem for one firmware to handle both wifi modules on 1gb box, but Android might be. I’ll know more when I start to work on it.

  10. MCV
    September 16th, 2014 at 18:02 | #14

    @cnxsoft
    What is the version of the new firmware please? I want to see if I need to upgrade or not.

  11. September 16th, 2014 at 18:13 | #15

    @MCV
    Based on the filename it should be 108k4

  1. July 22nd, 2014 at 11:35 | #1
  2. July 27th, 2014 at 16:10 | #2