CuBoxTV is a $100 OpenELEC TV Box Powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad SoC

Last year, Solidrun launched their Cubox-i mini PCs powered by Freescale i.MX6 single, dual or quad core processor, and running Debian, OpenSUSE, Android 4.4, or various XBMC based Linux distributions. The company has now announced a new product called CuboxTV, that on surface looks similar to their Cubox-i4Pro mini PC with a quad core processor, but instead of running Linux desktop distributions, or Android, it’s pre-loaded with OpenELEC Linux distribution running Kodi 14.

CuboxTV specifications:

  • SoC – Freescale i.MX6 Quad with four Cortex A9 core up to 1GHz, and Vivante GC2000 3D GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB SDRAM @ 1066 MHz
  • Storage – 8GB internal storage + micro SD interface
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b, 3D support
  • Video Decoders – MPEG-4 ASP, XVID, H.264 HP, H.263, MPEG-2 MP, MJPEG BP, VP8, Sorenson-H263.
  • Video Encoders –  MPEG-4 SP, H.264 BP, H.263, MJPEG BP
  • Image Codecs – JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG.
  • Audio Decoders – AAC, AACPlus, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC, audio encoder SBC, MP3, speech codecs G.723.1, G.726, G.711, G.729AB, NB/WB AMR.
  • Audio Encoders – SBC, MP3.
  • Speech Codecs – G.723.1, G.726, G.711, G.729AB,NB/WB AMR.
  • Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (Limited to 470 Mbps)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host port
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power – 5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 5.08 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm
CuboxTV, or is it Cubox-i4?

The picture above can be found on CuboxTV product page, but it’s probably a picture of Cubox-i4Pro, as CuboxTV lacks the eSATA port, and the micro USB “service” port (for serial console) according to specifications listed by SolidRun. Other differences include lack of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, and 1GB RAM instead of 2GB RAM.

So CuboxTV has been optimized to provide a cost effective solution dedicated to media playback, and while Cubox-i4Pro sells for $139.99, CuboxTV goes for $99.99 during the pre-sale period (first two weeks?), and $124.99 thereafter.

Via Liliputing and Harley.

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13 Replies to “CuBoxTV is a $100 OpenELEC TV Box Powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad SoC”

  1. Vero is a new Linux based mini-PC / media player from Sam Nazarko that runs OSMC (formerly Raspbmc), looks to be a rebranded / rebadged version of SolidRun CuBox-i2

    OSMC (short for “Open Source Media Center”, formerly Raspbmc) is an Linux distribution based on Raspbian and XBMC designed specifically made for and solely optimized for open ARM architecture platforms that supports Linux, such as Raspberry Pi, and is maintained by its main developer Sam Nazarko, (who is also the lead developer of Crystalbuntu and LinXBMC).

  2. @Job
    I don’t think the IR transmitter is important for most users but it has a receiver. Also there’s a free smartphone app for remote control. Sounds nice.

  3. No h265. Sumvision x4 would seem a better option. People have reported success with openelec on that hardware

  4. These units are better than any Android box for Kodi, come close to performance of an Intel NUC.

    You also get stock Openelec, no custom builds or firmware required, burn image to SD card and your up and running.

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