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MINIX NEO X6 Features Amlogic S805 Processor with Full HD HEVC Support

September 5th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Amlogic S805 is a cost down version of the popular Amlogic S802. It features four Cortex A5 cores, and quad core Mali450-MP GPU, only support 1080p resolution (no 4K), but adds hardware decoding for HEVC / H.265 at 1080p resolution, which is not possible with his big brother. In theory, I should also support Gigabit Ethernet, but none of the upcoming media players support it, allegedly because it’s not working yet… After products by the likes of Ugoos, Eny Technology. and Geniatech, it’s time for MINIX to announce their own S805 mini PC with the NEO X6.

MINIX_NEO_X6NEO X6 Specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S805 quad core ARM Cortex A5 @ 1.5GHz with quad core Mali-450MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) with external antenna, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDMI-CEC support
  • Audio Output – HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • Video Containers – DAT, MPEG, MPE, MPG, TS, TP, VOB, ISO, AVI, MP4, MPV, 3GP, FLV, MKV, M2TS, MTS, M4V, WMV, ASF, RM/RMVB (720p only)
  • Audio Formats – MP2, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, OGA, FLAC, ALC, APE, AAC, M4A
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 port + micro USB OTG port
  • Misc – IR sensor
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A

MINIX interestingly always selects the same enclosure for all their products, probably because customers complained when they tried something different last year, and most people want a discrete enclosure, with a product that does the job. The device will run Android 4.4 Kitkat with XBMC MINIX Edition, and come with an infrared remote control.

AndroidPC.es reports the box should be available on September 22, for around $119. I could not find much more information, except it’s sold on a UK based website (Fuketo) for 79.99 GBP ($130) including shipping.

  1. September 5th, 2014 at 22:29 | #1

    I think they use same box because a moulding work costs around 60000RMB…

    …or maybe marketing 😉

  2. Harley
    September 5th, 2014 at 23:21 | #2

    Still no HEVC/H265 hardware video decode support in XBMC yet?

  3. onebir
  4. September 6th, 2014 at 08:57 | #4

    I’m waiting for one S805 (week or two) or S812 (long shot…) to be able to add hevc support. It’s partially added into libraries as well as S805 chip, just no device yet to implement and test hevc…

  5. Rocker
    September 6th, 2014 at 14:49 | #5

    One would think that it would be in the interest of SoC manufacturers and larger makers/resellers of media players like Geekbuying, MINIX, and Matricom to sponsor more XBMC/Kodi developers at least with hardware and early SDK availability so features like HEVC/H265 hardware video decode and HDMI-CEC support code get added to the official upstream version of XBMC as soon as possible.

  6. Rocker
    September 6th, 2014 at 14:52 | #6

    @Stane1983 Cool but will that then only be for Amlogic? Or to OpenMAX IL and Android’s MediaCodec API too so that other SoCs like Rockchip RK3288 can also take advantage as soon as possible?

  7. September 8th, 2014 at 03:20 | #7

    What I try is to help maintain XBMC AMLCodec, so yes, Amlogic only.

  8. Harley
    September 8th, 2014 at 16:53 | #8

    Cool! But still wondering why Team-XBMC/Kodi not invited you to join them? If not then maybe you could ask to join them as an official developer for upstream? 🙂

    Same question goes to other good XBMC/Kodi developers on freaktab.com and other third-party sites, if you all join official Team-XBMC/Kodi then collaboration would be better?

    My main point is that we want to see the improvement in upstream mainline, not have to hunt around to find third-party builds that will work with only a few devices.

  9. September 9th, 2014 at 00:55 | #9

    Not to worry about it, I collaborate in XBMC/Kodi development… I’m not very big collaborator but I am. Eg, KitKat 4.4 on Amlogic platform and 4k playback using AMLCodec was my pull request to upstream which is merged in Kodi (master branch) and later improved by others. Don’t know about others.

  10. Doris88
    September 12th, 2014 at 08:59 | #10

    This new tv box NEO X6 supports H.265 hard decoding but do not support 4K, it’s a pity. It appeared in another online shop iandroidtvbox.com, but has no price yet.

  11. September 12th, 2014 at 10:06 | #11

    Wait little more for S812. It will support h265, 4k decoding and 4k output 🙂

  12. shomari
    September 16th, 2014 at 19:50 | #12

    Modded XBMC build with HEVC hardware decoding in RK3288 exists but factory won’t release its sources

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