MINIX NEO X8-H Plus Supports H.265 4K UHD Video, Gigabit Ethernet with Amlogic S812 Processor

MINIX has now announced an updated version of their MINIX NEO X8-H android media player simply called MINIX NEO X8-H Plus, replacing Amlogic S802 by Amlogic S812, which brings support for video playback of H.265 / HEVC videos up to 4K resolution, and Gigabit Ethernet. The Wi-Fi module also appears to been upgraded to support 802.11ac.

MINIX_NEO_X8_Plus

The rest of the specifications are exactly the same as NEO X8-H:

  • SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC + SD/MMC card reader
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 fps, with CEC support
  • Audio Output / Input – HDMI, 3.5mm stereo jacks for speakers and microphone, optical S/PDIF
  • Video Container Formats – DAT, MPEG, MPE, MPG, TS/TP, VOB, ISO, AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, FLV, MKV, M2TS, MTS, M4V, WMV, ASF, RM/RMVB, etc…
  • Video Codecs – MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, VC-1, H.265, etc…
  • Audio Formats – MP2, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, OGA, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, and DTS
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port
  • Misc – IR receiver.
  • Power Supply – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 12.8 x 12.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Weight – 340 grams

Accessories also appears to be the same: 5V/3A power adapter (1.80m cable), a short OTG cable (23cm), a micro USB cable (1m), an HDMI cable (1.02m), a Wi-Fi antenna, an IR remote control, and an English user’s manual. There’s also M1 air mouse and its USB receiver included in the package.

The device runs Android 4.4.2, and I’ve been told it would ship next week (Monday). I hope the firmware is better than the current version available for M8S, as I’ve had to postpone my review due to too many issues, including one hardware (power supply) related problem.

MINIX NEO X8-H Plus currently sells for about $159 including shipping [Update: X8HPCN coupon will lower the price to $146.99], instead of $149 for NEO X8-H. I got the information via Gearbest, but it’s also available for purchase on GeekBuying, and Ebay for now.

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CSylvain
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CSylvain

They were very strong, looking forward to it and hope that is compatible with the buildroot from Amlogic !

eric
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@CSylvain
tell me how to test the buildroot, i already get the sample, i will test for you guys.

jumpingjuniper
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jumpingjuniper

Minix support. Hehehe that a laugh.

It seems they stopped supporting firmware updates for all their devices before x7 after a year.

What makes us think the X8 and X8H will be different.

CSylvain
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CSylvain

@eric
To find out, I need an update of this box, even an Android version will suffice to look “HEXA” bootloader, and thus know the name of the card (BR2_TARGET_UBOOT_BOARDNAME).

eric
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I just can get the stock firmware for this right now. don’t really understand well for what you are asking.@CSylvain

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Minix Neo X8-H Plus @$148.99, free shipping, flash sale at Banggood:
http://www.banggood.com/MINIX-NEO-X8-H-Plus-Amlogic-S812b-Quad-Core-Android-4_4_2-TV-Box-p-956620.html

CSylvain
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CSylvain

I managed to download an update : http://www.minixforum.com/threads/neo-x8-h-plus-stock-firmware.2456/
And after checking, I have the good news that it is compatible with Linux (buildroot) ! meson8m2_n200_release_defconfig

Kernel DTS :
//$$ PROJECT=”meson8m2″
//$$ REMOVE 1
void root_func(){
//$$ ADD /{
amlogic-dt-id = “m8m2_n200_2G”;
compatible = “AMLOGIC,8726_M8M2”;
model = “AMLOGIC”;
interrupt-parent = ;
#address-cells = ;
#size-cells = ;

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[…] MINIX NEO X8-H Plus is an update to the popular NEO X8-H, replacing Amlogic S802 by Amlogic S812 processor, which adds HEVC/H.265 hardware video decoding up to 4K UHD (2160p),  as well as Gigabit Ethernet. The new version also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi. GearBest agreed to send me one sample for review. First. I’ll post picture of the device, and the board, before writing a full review in a few days. […]

X7user
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X7user

jumpingjuniper :
Minix support. Hehehe that a laugh.
It seems they stopped supporting firmware updates for all their devices before x7 after a year.
What makes us think the X8 and X8H will be different.

They just released the Kitkat firmware.
Don’t see other brands really updating the RK3188 devices except MINIX.
They are just superb in terms of software support.

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[…] I posted pictures of MINIX NEO X8-H Plus media player a few days ago, and in this post I will report my impressions and testing results for the box, the first Amlogic S812 device I’ve fully reviewed so far, which adds H.265 video decoding up to 2160p, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi to the original MINIX NEO X8-H. You can check my previous post for the full specifications of MINIX NEO X8-H Plus. […]

katzka
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Hi
I am planning to buy Minix8 and i have a large library of movies on external hard disc , all in DIVX format
Does the MINIX8 support theDIVX format? Please somebody answer!

natsu
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natsu

minix has very good products but with a little bit steep price, for Half the price the CX-S806 with the same aml S812 is a safer choice to make

natsu
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natsu

for the price if it would have a tuner it will be great, I assume I’m waiting for DV7810-S2 the only DVB S2 that come with aml s812, but it’s taking time to arrive, in the meantime here is the First S805 DVB S2 on the market, just spot it today on aliexpress

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/VENZ-K1-Quad-Core-Android-DVB-S2-CCCam-Newcamd-Biss-support-1gb-8gb-set-top-box/32297511843.html

very steep price for an S805 but seems with a good build quality