Unboxing of Zidoo X9 Android HDMI Video Recorder and Media Player

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Zidoo X9 Android media player is powered by Mstar MSO9180 quad core Cortex A9 processor, supports 4K video output and decoding, H.265 codec, a USB 3.0 port for (hopefully) fast external storage, and in HDMI input port that allows you to record video from another HDMI input device to a USB mass storage device, or micro SD card. GearBest sent me one of the first sample, so let’s have a look at the device itself, and its boards, because getting to the full review next week.

Zidoo X9 Pictures

I received the parcel the exact same day, GearBest provided the tracking number, together with some invoice for custom duty, DHL duty handling fee, and VAT. The large black package has a few scratches, and makes it clear the device is called X9. Some of the main features are also mentioned on the package: 4K, 3D video, quad core, Bluetooth 4.0, 2GB RAM, dual band Wi-Fi, XBMC, H.265 codec support, and H.264 video recording (DVR).
Zidoo_X9_Package
The box comes with a nice IR remote control requiring two AAA batteries (not included), an HDMI cable, a 12V/2A power supply which should provide plenty enough of power for an external USB 3.0 hard drive, and “X9 BOX Simple Manual” showing how to connect the box, and troubleshoot potential issues.

Zidoo X9 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)
Zidoo X9 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

Checking out the device itself reveals two Wi-Fi / Bluetooth antennas, a front panel display, as well as two USB 2.0 host port, a USB 3.0 port,and a micro SD card slot on the side. The rear panel has most of the ports: On/Off mechanical switch, a Fast Ethernet port, optical S/PDIF, a reset pinhole for firmware recovery, HDMI input, AV output, HDMI output, and the power jack.

Zidoo X9 (Click to Enlarge)
Zidoo X9 (Click to Enlarge)

The top part of the enclosure is made of plastic, but the bottom cover is made of aluminum.

You can watch the unboxing video if you please.


Zidoo X9 Internals

Remove forums screws on the bottom of the case, and gently tap on the top to take out the metallic cover from the plastic case.

Back of X9 Board (Click to Enlarge)
Back of X9 Board (Click to Enlarge)

There’s not that much to see on that side of the board, except the MAC Address starts with DC:C0:DB which confirms Shenzhen Kaiboer Technology (Kaiboer) made the board, and Zidoo team focused on the software side of the product. We’ve got to remove three more screws, and disconnect a few cables to have a better look at the board.

Board and Enclosure (Click to Enlarge)
Board and Enclosure (Click to Enlarge)

There’s a largish heatsink covering Mstar processor and two RAM chips. The top left header is for the On/Off switch, the small 3-pin header on the right most probably for the serial console, and the larger header is for the front panel display. The board name is MSO9810D1R-TF-V1.2 made on May 22, 2014. We can also see three cable coming out of the wireless module to the two antenna. Most probably one wire for Bluetooth, one for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and one for 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi.

Zidoo X9 Board (Click to Enlarge)
Zidoo X9 Board (Click to Enlarge)

I’ve also removed the heatsink to have a better look at the board. A thermal pad is sticked on top of MSO9810D1R SoC and does not seem to come off easily so I left it that way. Four NANYA NT5CB256M16CP-EK DRAM chips are used to get 2GB RAM, and a Samsung KLM8G1GEAC-B001 eMMC flash provides 8GB storage.  The latter should is an eMMC 4.5 Class 700 eMMC which should provide pretty good performance compared to some cheaper Samsung eMMC used in other devices, something that I’ll hopefully be able to confirm with benchmarks. Most products on the market comes with Broadcom based AP6xxx modules, so it’s nice to get a change for once with a wireless module based on Mediatek MT7632UN chip, which on some modules support 802.11ac, but Zidoo only advertises 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support.MSTAR_VFD_Board
I’ve also taken out the front panel board (MSTAR_VFD_1.1) for those interested.

That’s all for now. I’d like to thanks GearBest for sending a sample of this interesting product. They sell it for $119.99 including shipping with coupon ZDX9CN. It’s also available for about $170 on Amazon US and Ebay.

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Too few capacitors on voltage rails, expect random resets/freezes etc..

At least not using ancient wet electrolytic capacitors anymore. 😉

Tadej
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Would like to see some antutu tests with these Mstar processor! And also CPU-Z attributes.

JvanD
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JvanD

Nice, would be interresting to see who supports their box best between Zidoo and Xtreamer on similar SOC.

adem
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adem

the m-195 with realtech also has hdmi in so does that mean it will have pvr ??

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@cnxsoft
If you look at the older YouTube video ‘ZIDOO X9 UI demo’ you can see at ~5:50 basic PVR functionality…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzjNklDgYE
But maybe you mean other things if you talk about PVR…

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@no_spam_for_me
But I’m looking for
1. PiP (Picture in Picture)
2. using the HDMI IN as an input at KODI/XBMC (e.g. as another source at [Video])
Does this exist?

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no_spam_for_me

Sorry for the separate posts (but I can’t find any edit 🙂 )…
The Geniatech ATV1810 can PiP and seems to use the S812 (at least the S802)…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXpjzSXZEc8

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@cnxsoft
Ahhh, OK, misunderstanding…
At the Zidoo forum also exists a discussion about HDMI IN
http://forum.zidoo.tv/index.php?threads/hdmi-in.15/#post-50

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it is using unsual chipset.