Xunity Aurora is an XBMC Linux TV Box Powered by Amlogic S802 Processor

There are plenty of Android media players on the market, and Linux only TV boxes with recent processors have become a rarity. One of them is Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux based on Shenzhen Tomato / Eny M8 hardware, and a new device called Xunity Aurora,  also powered by Amlogic S802 quad core processor, will run Linux based on an hardware platform that looks very much like Zoomtak T8.

Xunity_auroraXunity Aurora specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S802 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU @ 700 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with external antenna, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a up to 4K30, composite output (RCA)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, stereo RCA, and optical S/PDIF
  • Video Containers – DAT, MPEG, MPE, MPG, TS/TP, VOB, ISO, AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, FLV, MKV, M2TS, MTS, M4V, WMV, ASF, RM/RMVB, etc…
  • Audio  Formats – MP2, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, OGA, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AAC etc…
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, LED display on front panel, and power button.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A (Aluminum enclosure)

Xunity_Aurora_connectorsThe box comes with an IR remote control, a 5V/2A power adapter, an HDMI cable, an a user’s manual. XBMC 13.2 is pre-installed in the box, together with iStream add-on, a “smart media aggregator that stores media preferences, creates a digital online library in the cloud, and let you watch TV shows, movies, and YouTube videos without the need to pay for cable TV subscription”.

Zoomtak T8 can also feature an optional SATA bay under the device, but it has not been included in Xunity Aurora, so the company recommends to use a USB hard drive instead.

Linux based TV boxes are normally more expensive than Android ones, which I understand as sales should be lower, and software developers need to be pay somehow. But here the price gap is a little more than expected, as while Zoomtak T8 sells for $95 shipped, Xunity Aurora goes for 160 Euros (~$190 US) + shipping, although it can also be found on Ebay for $169.95. I guess this could be still attractive for people who want to get rid of their cable subscription, and don’t know how to install an XBMC add-on.  If you have a twitter account, the company also organize a giveaway to win this Linux box. Further details may be found on Xunity Aurora product page.

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Alfred Braithewaite
Alfred Braithewaite
5 years ago

“Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet”

Why do most of these boxes never have true Gigabit ethernet?

“and let you watch TV shows, movies, and YouTube videos with the need for cable TV subscription”.

Without the need surely? Of course what has happened over the years is that an ISP subscription is replacing a cable TV subscription, so as they say, there is no free lunch, especially with people also adding on payments to services like Netflix.

a1danslat3
a1danslat3
5 years ago

Used this companies units before and they were complete muck. Really cheap build quality, terrible performance. Don’t like the piracy angle that they are clearly advertising. If you want to throw your money away this looks like a great option…

jeff
jeff
5 years ago

@a1danslat3
what unit did you get??

NIPSZX
NIPSZX
5 years ago

“I guess this could be still attractive for people who want to get rid of their cable subscription, and don’t know how to install an XBMC add-on.” CLASSIC QUOTE!!! Gotta love it.

a1danslat3
a1danslat3
5 years ago

@jeff
Xunity eclipse. Muck. The remote last for about 2 days on brand new batteries, xbmc is both unsecure and unstable on the platform. The unit constantly quits from xbmc/Istream. Even on the latest update. Overprice and comes preloaded with heaps of piracy content and porn. No thanks.

You will be factory resetting the device just for fun.

jeff
jeff
5 years ago

I had an eclipse and thought at first it was good but zero support and no updates is very disappointing. not sure why I would try the new box. the company shut down their chat group and no info on website for months. now they relaunch it with a new box and no mention of the eclipse, its like they gave up and started over and said screw it to whoever bought an eclipse this is a shit company and box.

Ramiro
Ramiro
5 years ago

I bought the box back in November, had to factory reset it about 8 times due to my inexperience setting it up, yet in the same token my inexperience shouldn’t be fully to blame, why? well it is not a bottomline price device is expensive therefore should come with instructions for setup of each of the features it offers. To be fair, now 3 months later I have it working the way it is supposed to work, and it works great, love the ability to listen to radio stations from all over the world, watch TV channels from my country… Read more »

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

Hi My friend I have recently got the same box as you off a mate of mine nothing works on it I c you managed to get yours up and running properly do you think you would be able to assist me in setting mine up the way it should be thanks in advance

Macd
Macd
3 years ago

Hi Ramiro,

Sorry to bother you, but I too brought a xunity aurora now that is not working.
Tried reset, Jodi etc… still can’t get it to work. Long shot(&despirate for help!)

Could u direct me as to how you got your box working with istream & kodi?

Any help/directions would be greatly appreciated.
Regards

John Gorevan
John Gorevan
5 years ago

Hi All, I bought a Xunity Aurora Tv Box from the makers in Ireland. When I received it I could not get it to work properly. The CUSTOMER care was absolutely useless. I only had the box for three weeks and after contacting them about a problem they said the box was bricked and useless and I would Have to fork out another £133 pounds for a new one. PLEASE Stay clear of this company. There customer service is bad, the box is not as good as they say it is and you can get a different box out there… Read more »

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