Back in November 2010, Sigma Designs and Dvico announced the first Android Set-top Box based on SMP8656 series would be available by Q1 2011. However, porting Android to a media player platform is rather time consuming and TViX XROID A1 is not yet available (August 2011).
Digital Versus got a pre-release version, but the firmware is still not stable enough for them to provide a meaningful review.
Dvico has nonetheless setup a webpage for XROID A1 with the specifications, features, firmware and user manual for the lucky ones that could get a pre-release hardware.
Here’s a summary of the specifications:
|Main Chipset||Sigma Design SMP8657 + Android 2.2 (Froyo)|
|Memory||Main: 512MB DDR SDRAM / Flash: 512MB|
|Maximum Resolution||up to 1920 x 1080P|
|Video Formats (Containers)||MKV, AVI, VOB, ASF, WMV, MPEG1/2/4 Elementary, MPEG1/2 PS: M2P, MPG, MPEG2 Transport Stream: TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, MTS, MOD, and TOD, ISO, IFO, MOV (H.264), MP4, .MKV, .mpg, .avi, .wmv, .divx, .vob, .tp, .ts, .trp, .iso, .ifo, .m2ts, .mov, .flv, .rm, .rmvb, .asf, .mts, .mpeg|
|Video Codecs||XVID SD/HD, MPEG 1, MPEG-2 (MP@HL), MPEG-4.2 (ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC), WMV9 (MP@HL), H.264 (BP@L3, MP@HL4.1), VC-1 (MP@HL, AP@L3), RealVideo 8/9/10, FLV(H.264)|
|Audio Formats (Containers)||AAC, M4A, MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), PCM, AC3, FLAC (Audio track in MKV), WAV(DTS), WAVPACK, WMA (Lossless not supported), Ogg|
|Audio Codecs||Dolby Digital, DTS Down Mixing, WMA, WMA Pro, FLAC, WAV, MP1, MP2, MP3, M4A, LPCM, Ogg Vorbis, Audio Pass-thru, DTS, DTS-MA, Dolby Digital, Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus|
|Photo Image||JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF|
|Languages||English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Germany, Italian, Korean, Nederlands, Russian, Rumanian, Czech, Arabic, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Swedish, Greek, Turkish, Polish, Portuguese, Croatian, Thai|
|Subtitles||smi, smil, sub/idx, srt, .ssa, .ass, MKV embedded subtitle|
|Video / Audio Output||HDMI 1.3a (Video 24 bit), Component, Composite, Digital: Coaxial, Optical, Analog: Stereo|
|HDD Supported||NTFS, FAT32 (3.5” SATA Ⅰ,Ⅱ HDD)|
|Interfaces||USB 2.0 Host 4 Ports (USB1/ USB2: 5V , 500 mA max), USB 3.0 Target 1 Port, E-SATA Host|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n(optional)|
|Network Protocols||UPnP, SAMBA Client, NFS (with Net-Share), SAMBA server , FTP|
|Cooling Fan||Internal temperature sensing mechanism, 40mm low noise|
|VFD Display||Playback mode, Elapsed time, Resolution (Dot Matrix 7 English characters and numbers)|
|Power Consumption||DC 12V|
|Dimensions||215 x 160 x 55 mm (W x H x D)|
There is also a photo gallery where you’ll find screenshots (as below) as well as pictures of the box itself.
The firmware (currently “TViX Xroid A1 Official Firmware 0.9.46“) is available for download, but as it is encrypted, we cannot check its content.
I could not find retail price information for the device yet. I finally found some information about Tvix Xroid A1 price. It will be sold for 299 GBP / 334.58 Euros (including VAT) and be available end of September on KJ Global.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.