I’ve recently reviewed Mygica ATV1900AC TV box powered by Amlogic S812 with 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC running Android Lollipop, a device with some high quality components, and a RF remote with voice command and search function that sells for $180. Tinydeal, a Hong Kong-based online shopping site specialized in electronic goods, sent me Tronfy MX4 Telos with very similar specifications including support for 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet, but selling instead for nearly half price at $98.99 including shipping. The firmware is also based on Lollipop, and runs Android 5.1.1 instead of Android 5.0.2, and it will be interesting to find out how the cheaper product fare against the higher-end one.
Tronfy MX4 (MXIV) Telos Specifications
Since it’s the first time I come across this box, I’ll list the specifications first:
- SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with Mali-450MP6 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card reader up to 32GB
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6335 module)
- Video Output – HDMI and AV output
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
- Video Codec – H.265 up to 4K2K, H.264, etc…
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Misc – IR receiver, power button
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 115 x 115 x 26 mm
- Weight – 196 grams
Compared the Mygica model, it adds a 3.5mm jack for composite and stereo audio and Bluetooth 4.0, but instead of 4 USB ports it gets only 2 USB ports and a micro USB OTG port. It also does not come with a fancy RF remote, but a simpler IR remote.
Tronfy MX4 Unboxing
The company sent me the device via DHL. The retail package shows some of the main features of the device (Gigabit Ethernet, 4K UHD, H.265, etc..), and seems to have been optimized for low transportation cost, as it is quite thin and compact compared to other products I’ve received. The full model number of the box reads “TVB-MXIV Telos”.
The case looks very familiar, as I’ve also seen it been used on some other devices such as Probox2 EX.
The power button is conveniently located at the front top of the device, the micro SD slot, micro USB OTG port, and two USB 2.0 host port are located on the side of the device, while the DC jack, AV jack, Ethernet port, HDMI output, and optical S/PDIF port can be found on the rear panel.
If you are interested, you can also watch the unboxing video.
Tronfy MX4 Telos Teardown
There aren’t any screws to remove to open the device, and you’ll see to use a sharp object to pop-up the cover, such as the green tool shown below, and part of most disassembly kits.
The sticker on the board shows this is one of the many boxes made by Netxeon, and the product name is S82. I had to loosen four screws to complete take out the board, which is also connected to the Power button board.
Finally, I’ve removed the heatsink to get a better look at the board.
The board name is M82G_V1.0_20150324 by Netxeon, and looks like a revision of the board used in Probox2 EX with some minor modifications, and different components. A 16GB Foresee NCEFBS98-16G eMMC 4.51 flash is used for storage, while four Mezza Z3P4GF4BLF A521LK-GGN chips are used to get 2GB RAM. Mezza must be a new and cheaper player on the RAM market, as I can’t find any information about this company. The wireless module is the popular AP6335 bringing Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band WiFi connectivity to the device, including 802.11ac. Pulse H5007NL is a 1000base-T magnetics module for Gigabit support, but on Amlogic SoCs, Gigabit Ethernet usually means 200 to 300 Mbps.
I’d like to thanks Tinydeal for providing the device for review, and if you could consider purchasing Tronsfy MX4 Telos for $98.99 on their store (Update: use tronfy4 coupon for a better deal). The box also used to be on Amazon US, but Tronfy does not list it there anymore. Tronsfy MX4 Telos appears to be based on Beelink MXIII Plus, that can be found on Gearbest, Geekbuying, eBay, Aliexpress, and others, but the devil may be in the details as the specs are not the same across the board. Some devices will run Android 5.1, while most are still sold with Android 4.4, and 802.11ac or Gigabit Ethernet may not be supported, while some devices come with 8GB flash instead of 16GB… So make sure you double-check the specs before you buy, and when you receive an MX3 Plus box. Tronsfy also has its own website, where you can find MX4 Telos.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
12 Replies to “Tronfy MX4 Telos Android 5.1 TV Box Unboxing and Teardown”
Is it not too expensive?
$98.99 with 16GB eMMC and AP6335
$55~69 with 8GB eMMC and AP6330
I ordered this exact box but using tronfy4 code it was out the door for $91.85. Hell of a deal for the paper specs so we shall see how it performs once it arrives. Should be in the next few days.
so, another yet copy of some “brand”, labeled on standart netxeon board. how it can increase quality of firmwares, which no one of such “brands” not developing at all and all waiting netxeon only? It looks like some attempts to make easy money without support, imho
Talked today with AMLOGIC and they said will not maintain their support for Android 5.1. Then, just Android 4.4 will be supported from now.
Then, they mainly focus on S905 with Android 5.1
I did not explain well, not support for Android 5.1 over S812 platform.
Then, if you want 5.1 supported by SoC manufacturer, better wait to S905
Design houses also depends on SoC producer…
It’s look like the A80 soc. From all winner left behind what a shame from them, I can see more amlogic
come out to be a decent box, also found a full review of the box in freaktab.com http://freaktab.com/forum/main-category/new-product-reviews-and-announcements/freaktab-user-reviews/520587-tronfy-mxiv-telos-review
Actual problem with A80 comes because only one design house is selling a TV Box board, it is not massiveand expensive.
But if someone here is interested about A80, you will find a good surprise next month 😀
Could you tell us your top 5 android tv boxes?
I wrote a “Best of” post about Android TV boxes at the end of last year -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/12/27/best-android-mini-pcs-awards-2014/
These were just awards for a given features, but maybe still interesting.
Some boxes were I had a rather positive conclusion at the end of the review include MXQ S85, Probox2 EX, Zidoo X9.
That said firmware gets updated, and I don’t review the latest firmware nor all boxes on the market, so I’d look into boxes from companies such as Rikomagic, Ugoos, Tronsmart, MINIX… The three I mentioned also get firmware updates.
The right box for you will depend on your usage, and will not be the same for everybody.