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PGS Portable Game Console Runs Windows 10 & Android 6.0 on Intel Atom X7-Z8750 Processor (Crowdfunding)

July 1st, 2016 5 comments

GPD HD Win portable game console is getting some competition, albeit in a slightly different form factor, with PGS portable game console based on Intel Atom x7-Z8750 quad core processor, running Windows 10 and Android 6.0, and featuring D-Pad, buttons, and a touch pad, replacing the QWERTY keyboard in GPD device.PGS_Game_Console

Two models are available, namely PGS Lite and PGS  Hardcore, with the following specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom x7-Z8750 quad-core “Cherry Trail” processor @ 1.44/2.56 GHz (Burst) with 16EU Intel HD Gen8 graphics @ up to 600MHz
  • System Memory
    • Lite – 4GB LPDDR3-1600
    • Hardcore – 8GB LPDDR3-1600
  • Storage
    • Lite – 64GB eMMC flash
    • Hardcore – 128 GB SSD
  • Display
    • Lite – 5.5″ capacitive touch IPS screen; 1280×720 resolution
    • Hardcore – 5.7″ capacitive touch AMOLED screen; 2560×1440 resolution
  • Video Output – 1x micro HDMI port
  • Audio
    • micro HDMI, 3.5mm earphone jack
    • Lite – Stereo speakers
    • Hardcore – 5.0 speakers
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0; Hardcore adds 2H/2G/LTE connectivity and GPS
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • User Inputs
    •  4.5″ touchscreen acting a touchpad and virtual keyboard
    • Power, volume, 6 R/L buttons, D-PAD, ABXY controls.
    • Hardcore – 2x Telescopic analog sticks
  • Camera
    • Lite – 5.0MP rear facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera
    • Hardcore – 9.0MP rear facing camera, 2.0MP front-facing camera
  • Battery
    • Lite – 4,080 mAh Li-Po battery
    • Hardcore  – 6,120 mAh Li-Po battery good for 5 to 10 hours gaming, 8 to 10 hours video playback, 18 to 22 hours for music, and 8 to 12 hours for web browsing; Full charge in 70 minutes.
  • Dimensions & Weight
    • Lite – 160 x 81 x 14 mm | 245 grams
    • Hardcore – 164.1 x 84 x 18 mm | 320 grams
The console can dual boot Windows 10 64-bit or Android 6.0. It’s unclear whether any games are pre-installed, but this should not be an issue as you could install your favorite games from Google Play or download/buy Windows games separately. The hardware is quite similar to Microsoft Surface 3, and you can check some games performance in that video.


Windows_10_Android_6.0_Portable_Game_ConsoleThe project has just launched on Kickstrter and they’ve already reached over 50% of their $100,000 funding target. PGS Lite require a $230 (early bird) or $280 pledge, while you’ll need to pledge $260 (early bird) or $320 for PGS Hardcore. The downside is that they don’t have not shown a prototype yet, and all images are 3D renders, but at least they are honest about it as they show “3D render” on their materials. Shipping adds $10 to the US, and $15 to the rest of the world, and delivery is scheduled for March 2017. If everything goes according to plans, an Apollo Lake version is scheduled for Q3 2017.

You can also visit PGS Labs website for more details.

Thanks to Freire for the tip

Mini M8S II Amlogic S905X Android TV Box with 2GB RAM Sells for $37

July 1st, 2016 7 comments

MINI M8S is a relatively popular Android TV box based on Amlogic S905 thanks to its low price ($33) and the inclusion of 2GB RAM. There’s now a new model simply called MINI M8S II with the same specifications, except the processor has been updated to Amlogic S905X, adding VP9 and HDR support, and selling for $36.99 on GearBest with coupon GBM8SII.

MINI_M8S-IIMini M8S II specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0b up to 4K @ 60 fps
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
  • Video Codecs – VP9 4K @ 60 fps, 10-bit H.265 4K @ 60 fps, H.264 4K @ 30 fps
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  DC 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 110 x 110 x 17.5 mm
  • Weight – 152 grams

The box runs Android 6.0 instead of Android 5.0 on MINI M8S, and ships with an IR remote control., an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and a user’s manual in English.

The TV box is not currently sold on that many websites yet, and beside GearBest, I could only find it on Aliexpress for $47 and up, but prices will likely converge toward $35 as time passes. Alternatively, GearBest has launched a wholesale website called VolumeBest, where you can get the older MINI M8S for as low as $35 if you order 100 or more (sadly still more expensive than on eBay), and I assume M8S II will be listed soon enough.

Android 7.0 is Finally Codenamed Android Nougat, Release Scheduled for this Fall

July 1st, 2016 No comments

Despite Nutella clearly having won the popular vote, Google has finally chosen a different name most likely for trademark reasons, and Android 7.0 will be called Android “Nougat“.

Android_NougatSince Google had already released several Android N previews, we’ve already known the main changes for some times including better virtual reality support, multi-window support, improved security, faster performance thanks to Vulkan API and new JIT compiler, and so on.

Smartphone and tablet manufacturers will release hardware and firmware updates based on Android 7.0 starting this fall, and some TV boxes will likely start to run Android Nougat a little later, probably in 2017 and beyond.

Categories: Android Tags: Android, google, nougat

Azpen Hybrx Remix OS 3.0 Laptop based on Allwinner A64 Processor Goes for $69 and Up (Crowdfunding)

June 30th, 2016 7 comments

We were presented with prototypes of sub $100 Remix OS laptops based on Allwinner A64 64-bit ARM processor in April, and now it appears at least one of th presented laptops has been launched on Kickstarter where you can get one for as low as $69.

Remix_OS_3.0_LaptopAzpen Hybrx A1160 laptop specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A64 Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.3 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB or 2GB RAM depending on model
  • Storage – 16GB or 32GB flash depending on model + micro SD slot
  • Display – 11.6” HD LCD 1366×768 (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Video Output – mini HDMI up to 4K resolution
  • Audio – HD Audio, 2x built-in 1W speakers, built-in microphone, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera – 2.0MP front-facing camera
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Sensors – G-sensor, accelerometer
  • Power Button, Volume Button
  • Dimensions – 295mm x 196.7mm x 17.6mm
  • Battery – 6,000 mAh battery good for 5 to 7 hours typical use, or 150 hours in standby mode
  • Certification – FCC & CE

The laptop will run Remix OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0.

Hybrx_LaptopThe project aims to raise $75,000, and since it has started fairly well I assume they’ll achieve and surpass their goal. A $69 pledge should get you the 1GB RAM/16GB storage version, while the 2GB/32GB version requires $89 (standard pledge). Shipping is not included, and adds $15 to the US, and $25 to the rest of the world. Delivery is planned for September 2016. More details may be listed on Azpen Hybrx A1160 product page.

Via Liliputing

ROOFULL MRX 4K Android TV Box Review

June 30th, 2016 2 comments

CNXSoft: I’ve got many requests to review TV boxes, but I don’t always have time for them all, so from time to time I get people who help me do reviews, and this review of Roofull MRX TV box powered by Amlogic S905 processor had been done by Ray, who like me has been playing with many other Android TV boxes.

ROOFULL MRX Specifications

  • Operation System – Android 5.1
  • CPU – Amlogic S905 64-bit Quad core Cortex A53 up to @2GHz
  • GPU – Penta Core Mali-450
  • ROM – 16GB eMMC flash
  • SD Storage expendable up to 32GB
  • Bluetooth – BT 4.0
  • Antenna – Built-in antenna for WiFi
  • Media
    • UHD 4K x 2K: Support
    • Full HD 1080P: Support
    • HEVC H.265/H.264: Support
    • Video/Picture Decoding Support: *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.iso, *.mp4, *.rm and *.jpg file formats
    • Audio Format Support: MP3,AAC,WMA,RM,FLAC,Ogg
  • Communication
    • WiFi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
    • Ethernet: 10/100/1000M LAN
  • Button & Interfaces
    • Power Button
    • 1x  RJ45
    • 1x HDMI A Type, HDMI 2.0 (4K/2K @60fps)
    • 1x AV port
    • 1x S/PDIF
    • 1x Micro SD card slot
    • 1x DC in Jack (5V/2A)
    • 2x Standard USB port

Roofull MRX Unpacking

PackageMRX_PackageAccessories include: IR remote control, power adapter, HDMI cable and Quick Start Guide.

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First impressions, settings, overview of the features

The housing MRX TV Box is made of good quality plastic in black color. The upper part of the housing cover has a power button; the sides of the device are made of shiny plastic. On one side are two USB 2.0 ports, OTG port and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: 5V DC jack, AV port, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 port and an optical S/PDIF port.

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The box has to be powered on by pressing the power button upper right side. Nice teddy bear appears, saying hi, booted in exactly 20.71 seconds, I checked again the boot-up time, and surprisingly under 20 seconds, 19.89 seconds. Wow!

Pressing the power button while running offers “suspend/shutdown/reboot choice”. After the box is powered on, and LAN connected, it loaded TeamViewer QuickSupport for further support, great feature.


For TV and IPTV Fans: Great launcher!

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I upgraded to Kodi 16.1 and it ran flawlessly, superfast and really stable.  The box itself is superfast, no glitches, no nothing, highly stable, highly responsive. Network connectivity is also good both with the LAN connection, faster than I saw till now on other boxes, and WiFi is outstanding. This box beat them all, and it makes absolutely no difference between Wifi and LAN while playing IPTV streams… The box also comes rooted.


By my opinion, well done, Roofull!! A fresh breeze after so many miserable boxes going through my hands!


No Antutu results, as they are often not traceable.

The MRX TV Box scored 4427 (MINIX Neo U1 – 4346, Beelink Mini MX – 4272, K1 PLUS – 4199, ZIDOO X6 Pro – 4331) on from me much-liked Ice Storm Extreme.  Ice Storm Unlimited scored 7355 (nice-nice-nice!!!!).

Below you see the results with Vellamo and GPUbench. MRX TV Box internal memory benchmarks: Read 32.49MB/s – Write 12.78MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2307.92MB/s.


GPUBench Results

MRX TV Box plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) without any major problems (very nice!!). The following table compares Kodi and MX Player (changed to 1.8.4 Pro V.) for some video samples. Also scores well with playing the videos on YouTube.

Typical 1080p KODI MX Player
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.7Mbps OK OK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.4Mbps OK OK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.1Mbps OK OK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 24Mbps OK OK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.9Mbs OK OK
4K Video
MyHillside– H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps OK OK
GermanCastles -H264 – 60fps OK OK
Wildlife – 96fps OK OK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps OK OK
Beyond-China – h264/AAC 2.0 OK OK
GreatWall H265/HEVC OK OK
ThailandFruits – 60fps OK OK
HD Club Berlin – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps OK OK
H.265/VP9 Video
Messenger – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps OK OK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080p OK OK



  • Highly stable Android system!
  • No kind of any temperature problems
  • Superfast, System acts fast and snappy!
  • Nice features like teamviewer support
  • Superb Kodi integration
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • Good 4K Video Playback
  • Great Launcher
  • Good Value for the money
  • NO compatibility Issues
  • Nice Design


  • Definitely the standard remote control, used in almost every box in China! This box deserves better!
  • Internal streaming from USB or SD/HDD without any major issues, IPTV stream in FHD (1920p and up) I would recommend in these cases a LAN connection!

ROOFULL MRX TV box can be purchased for $65.99 on Amazon US, directly on the company’s website for $67.99, or on Aliexpress for $75. Some more information, including contact info, can be found in the product page.

Boardcon MINI6818 CPU Module Features Samsung S5P6818 Octa-core Processor

June 29th, 2016 4 comments

Samsung S5P6818 octa-core Cortex A53 processor has already been found in several single board computers and development boards including Graperain G6818 SBC and NanoPi M3 board, but so far I had not seen it implemented into a system-on-module to be used in custom designs, and that’s just was Boardcon did with their MINI6818 CPU module.

MINI6818Boardcon MINI6818 SoM specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung S5P6818 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.4GHz with Mali-400MP 3D GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash
  • 2x 100-pin board-to-board connectors with 1.27 pitch:
    • 5x UART, I2C, SPI
    • 1x USB2.0 Host, 1x USB HSIC Host, 1x USB2.0 OTG,
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • I2S, CIF (not sure what it is), Audio
    • HDMI
    • GPIOs
    • ADC
    • PWM
    • HSMMC/SD
  • Power – 5V; AXP228 PMIC
  • Dimensions – 70 x 58 mm (8-layer PCB)

Samsung_S5P6818_SoMThe company provides support for Android 5.1, Linux 3.4.39+ and Uboot 2014.07 on the board, together with all drivers. I’ve been told the Linux implementation is not that good on S5Pxx18 processors though, and there’s no hope of getting mainline kernel, but if the hardware match your requirements, and don’t plan to mess around with the kernel too much, that could still be an option.

EM4418_BaseboardA baseboard can also be used for evaluation with access to all features exposed by the CPU module including Ethernet, USB ports, HDMI, VGA, audio ports, LVDS, TTL LCD, as well as some extra chips for GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. The baseboard is also compatible with the company’s MINI4418 (Samsung S5P4418 quad core Cortex A53) and MINI3288 (Rockchip RK3288) CPU modules

Price has not been released publicly. You may want to visit ARMdesigner MINI6818 page for details.

Broadlink RM Mini 3 is a $10 WiFi IR Blaster for Home Automation

June 28th, 2016 16 comments

Many electrical appliances such as TVs, air conditioners, heaters, and so on are still controlled using an infrared remote control, but as more and more people are getting used to their smartphone to control pretty much everything, devices such as Xiaomi Mi Smart Remote Center that allows to control IR appliances with ANdroid or iOS mobile are starting to come to market. However during my Smart Remote Center review, I noticed that the app was only available in Chinese, and that it was not quite able to perform all the tasks I wanted (e.g. multiple IR codes programming). There’s now a cheaper and small device available in the form of Broadlink RM Mini 3 “Black Bean” that sells for just $9.88 including shipping, and whose app supports not only Chinese, but also English, Russian, Japanese, and other languages.

Broadlink_RM_Mini_3Broadlink RM mini 3 specifications:

  • WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz
  • IR – 38 KHz frequency; omni directional (6 transmitters); 12 meters range; 1x IR receiver for learning function
  • Misc – Reset button, power LED
  • Power – 5V/500 mA via micro USB port
  • Power Consumption – Less than 0.85W in standby mode
  • Dimensions – 55 x 55 x 64.5 mm
  • Weight – 75 grams
  • Temperature Range – 0~50 degrees Celsius

Broadlink_IR_BlasterThe device can be controlled and configured using Broadlink e-Control app for iOS 7.0 or greater, or Android 4.0 or above. You’ll be able to select a remote from a list of device or make the device learn your appliances’ remote control, and then control the said appliances via your smartphone manually or through timers. There’s also a function for “healthy sleeping” that automatically adjust your aircon temperature at night, and devices can be controlled from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection.

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Considering the low price, I was expecting the solution to be based on ESP8266 processor, but instead Broadlink has gone with Marvell just like in Xiaomi Smart Remote Center.

Beside Banggood, Broadlink RM mini 3 also be purchased on GeekBuying, GearBest, Aliexpress, eBay, and other for $12 to $24.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

Mediatek Labs Unveils Deca-core Helio X20 Development Board Compliant with 96Boards CE Specifications

June 27th, 2016 26 comments

More and more companies are joining the 96Boards bangwagon, and the latest move by Mediatek Labs will mean their Helio X20 development board, designed in collaboration with ArcherMind, will be the most powerful 96Boards CE edition released so far thanks to its deca-core processor with two Cortex A72 cores, and 8 Cortex A53 cores.

Mediatek_96Boards_Development_BoardMediatek Helio X20 board specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek Helio X20 (MT6797) deca-core processor with two ARM Cortex A72 cores @ 2.3 GHz, four Cortex A53 @ 1.95 GHz, four Cortex A53 @ 1.4 GHz, and  ARM Mali-T880 GPU @ 800 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3 @ 933 MHz
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC 5.1 flash + micro SD 3.0 (UHS-I) slot
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p @ 30 fps
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with antenna connector
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port (device only).
  • Expansion:
    • 1x 40 pin low speed expansion connector – UART, SPI, 2x I2C, 12x GPIO, DC power
    • 1x 60 pin high speed expansion connector – 4L-MIPI DSI, USB, 2x I2C, 2L+4LMIPI CSI
    • Analog expansion connector – Headset, Speaker, FM antenna, and more
  • Misc – Power, reset and volume buttons. 6 LEDS (4x user, 1x Wifi, 1x Bluetooth)
  • Power Supply – 8 to 18V DC input
  • Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm

The board currently supports Android 6.0, and for now documentation is available in Chinese on Alpha Star website, with an English translation coming soon. The pre-sales page also mentions a daughterboard, but I could not find further details about it, nor the price of either boards.

More details should eventually surface on Mediatek Labs Helio X20 development board page.

Via Phoronix