MINIX officially announced their first quad core Android media player, named NEO X7, in early July, and it’s now available for around $140 on sites such as Aliexpress and Geekbuying. More recently, MINIX posted pictures and specifications for MINIX NEO X7mini, a cost down version of MINIX NEO X7. Let’s compare the two.
The first (very obvious) difference is the lack of external Wi-Fi antenna on the MINIX X7mini, but that’s not all as shown in the comparison table below.
|NEO X7||NEO X7mini|
|Processor||Quad-Core Cortex A9 Processor (RK3188)||Quad-Core Cortex A9 Processor (RK3188)|
|GPU||Quad-Core Mali-400MP||Quad-Core Mali-400MP|
|System Memory||2GB DDR3||2GB DDR3|
|Storage||16GB NAND Flash + SD/MMC Card Reader||8GB NAND Flash + SD/MMC Card Reader|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, Ethernet, Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)||Bluetooth, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi|
|USB||3 x USB Ports + 1 x OTG||2 x USB Ports|
|Video Output||HDMI 1.4a||HDMI 1.4a|
|Audio I/O||HDMI, optical S/PDIF, microphone and headphone jacks||HDMI, optical S/PDIF|
|Misc||IR receiver||IR receiver, Auto Power-On (no power button)
Both devices run Android 4.2.2. In order to bring the cost down, they reduced the flash memory size, embedded an 2.4GHz Wi-Fi module, and got rid of the external antenna, removed 2 USB ports (1x USB host, and 1x USB OTG), as well as the microphone and headphone jacks. MINIX NEO X7mini is about a third smaller than NEO X7.
MINIX NEO X7mini price has not been disclosed yet, and the device will be available at the end of August, beginning of September.
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.