Unboxing of Eny M8S H.265 / 4K Android Media Player Powered by Amlogic S812 Processor

M8S and M8C Android TV boxes are updates of M8 / TM8 box, replacing Amlogic S802 quad core processor with Amlogic S812 processor which has about the same feature except it bring HEVC/H.265 hardware video decoding. M8S comes with 2GB RAM, whereas M8C features only 1GB RAM. Eny Technology decided to send me M8S for review. As usual, I’ll start with some pictures of the package, box, and board, and will do the full review in the next few days.

M8S Unboxing Pictures

The company send me the parcel via DHL which I promptly received with the product in the package below marked “4K OTT TV BOX” and a predominant “HEVC”.

4K_OTT_TV_BOX

The back of the package list the main specifications: quad core processor, octo core Mali 450 GPU, Android Kitkat. and so on. There’s also a sticker showing the MAC address, which starts with C4:4E:AC for those interested.

Eny M8S and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)
Eny M8S and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

The box comes with an IR remote control (requiring 2x AAA batteries), an HDMI cable (1.2m), a 5V/2A power supply, and a user’s manual in English and Chinese.

m8sAs expected the box looks exactly the same as M8 / TM8 media player with the same front LED, and SD card slot on the side.

M8S_4K_OTT_TV_Box_PortsOn the rear panel, the exact same connectors and placement can be seen with two USB host ports, an HDMI output, an Ethernet RJ45 port, AV output jack, optical SPDIF (that still feels low quality because of the plastic), and a power barrel.

If you fancy watch an unboxing video instead, I’ve made one for you.

M8S Board Photos

We’ve already seen some pictures released by Eny Technology, but for the sake of it, and to have slightly sharper pictures, I’ve opened the box, and take a few more. To open the box it’s the same old same old method: remove sticky rubber pads on the bottom of the case, take out four screws, and pop the lid.

M8S_Board_and_Metal_Plate
M8S Board and Enclosure (Click to Enclosure)

The similarity with M8 are normally external, but components and connectors placement is exactly the same. Let’s remove four more screen to take the board out completely.

Bottom of M8S Board (Click to Enlarge)
Bottom of M8S Board (Click to Enlarge)

The Wi-Fi module is AP6330 which supports dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. I’ve also removed the heatsink, and taken a closer picture of the top of the board.

M8&M9 Board (Click to Enlarge)
M8&M9 Board (Click to Enlarge)

Oh surprise, it’s exactly the same PCB as Rippl-TV, namely M9&M8_V1.0 (2014/07/07), which is based on M8 hardware, but an updated version of the board compared to my earlier sample. Four Samsung K4B4G1646D DDR3L SDRAM chips are used to get 2GB RAM, MT 29F64G08CBABA NAND flash provides 8GB internal storage (so no eMMC in that device), and Ricoh RT618M PMIC handles the power. The recovery button is located right behind the AV port as usual.  So basically, they’ve simply taken the last M8 PCB, and replaced Amlogic S802 with Amlogic S812.

Eny Technology sent the M8S sample for review, and you could consider purchasing M8S or M8C from them if you are a resellers buying in quantities. Individuals can buy M8S for $87 and up on Aliexpress, and M8C (1GB RAM only) is starts at $75 including shipping.

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ovidiu
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i presume still no gigabit there right?

anon
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anon

Can’t wait to hear does the S812 really be suitable for native 2160p/H.265 media player tasks… 😉

Pierre B
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Pierre B

could you try amlinux on this, when you will test it?

fossxplorer
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fossxplorer

So eMMC != nand flash?

Tadej
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I am long time curious now, when you write AV port, is that the meaning for Audio/Video through the (S-video + Left + Right Audio) cable output, or is only stereo (Audio) output?

Stane1983
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@cnxsoft
As I told Pierre on my comments page, it will not work. Aside that S802 and S812 are pin to pin compatible chips, difference is in bootloader and kernel so who tries this will probably end with bricked device.

Pierre B
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Pierre B

@cnxsoft
good to know, i will wait before buying, maybe will stick with my first choice s802 M8.

anon
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anon

@cnxsoft
Power issues? Never, cannot happen! /s

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MATRIX5000
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MATRIX5000

Have the same issue on 2 boxes M8s ( with pin type reset on side and built in 2mp camera mounted inside case) power up but as soon as you plug a usb device ie mouse or usb drive it constantly shuts down and reboots, tried 3 power different power supplies too, can find loads of info on the plastic M8 box but nothing on the metal cased m8s , need updated firmware and instructions on how to update . Any help would be much appreciated . Thanks

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JJ
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JJ

does this box support miracast (display & Source)?

dragoita
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dragoita

Hi,

have you finally tested the device with a more stable firmware? Can you tell us something/do a review?

Thanks

BR

MCG
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MCG

@cnxsoft
Hi,
You said that you have an USB webcam connected. Did you test visioconference service like Skype or Hangout ?
If it works, can you share the reference of the webcam, please ?
BR

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roel
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roel

Does somebody know if you can install a hardware switch to wake it up so I don’t have to pull the woer cable and plug it again? Or other hardware hacks on this device?

afrfb09ba
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afrfb09ba

Both M8S and M8S+ does not have an OTG port, so does anyone know how to flash these devices?

Mark Koerner
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Mark Koerner

Please do not purchase this product. It doesn’t work! this is a scam product. There is a very good reason the company doesn’t allow returns. Because everyone will want to return it after trying it. Save your self the head ache. Walk away from this one.

onebir
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onebir

Wonder if improved; $45 for these specs (2GB RAM 1080p Kodi…) is about as cheap as there is…
http://www.buyincoins.com/item/69102.html

roel
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roel

@onebir
I have a M8S with openelec on it, runs like a charm. One of the problems I have is when You put in a usb device. When You put it in to deep, then it’s like you make a short circuit and the device keeps on rebooting. If you pull the usb connector a little bit out again then it reboots fine and you can access the usb device. If you put in the usb device very gently the usb works as normal.
Another minus for me is it doesn’t have a power switch, so I put a switch in the power cable.

Steve
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Steve

I have just purchased (2) M8S android boxes. One is for a digital tv and the other was for an analog TV. I’ve tested both boxes on the digital tv and both work fine via HDMI. I’ve tried both on the analog tv and they both do not work via the A/V port. I do have the correct yellow/red/white cable to connect. Is there a special technique to setup the box for an analog tv?

Steve
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Steve

@cnxsoft
@CNXSOFT
Thanks for your help! I tried everything you recommended. No luck. It DOES NOT give me an option for video output mode to switch from hdmi to analog. (even after connecting both sets of wires) I tried all options. I noticed on YOUTUBE videos that the M8 box was shipped with analog wires but the M8S was not. I feel like they know it doesn’t work, and that could be why they do not include the analog wire for an analog tv. What a joke!

jbaterdene
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@CNXSOFT
Choose resolution 480 (please disable auto) and use correct av cable (most cable will not fit, i mean regular cables will not fit, specially the yellow color section), then use remote to turn off and on. After restart it will show correct or no.

Lex
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Lex

Hallo,
Thanks for the review!

One question: I have lost the power adapter, could you please say, what the box needs (electrical and mechanical – diameter)? And is the plus in or outside?
Thanks!