WeTek Core Android 5.1 TV Box to Support Netflix in HD, OpenELEC, Lubuntu and More

Last year, WeTek launched WeTek Play Android TV receiver with DVB-T2, DVB-S2 or ATSC tuners, and in my review of the DVB-S2 version I found out it was a rather capable device despite the low hardware specifications. The company is about to launch WeTek Core, a media player powered by Amlogic S812-H processor, running Android 5.1.1, as well as supporting Netflix up to 1080p. something most other Android media players can’t handle.

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WeTek Core preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S812-H quad core processor @ 2.0GHz with an Octa-core Mali-450MP gpu
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash, micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30Hz + AV
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n & 802.11ac (TBC), and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED
  • Power Supply – N/A
  • Dimensions – N/A

WeTek_Core_Remote_Control_Power_AdapterThe box will ship with a power adapter suitable for UK, USA and EU, and a remote control featuring RF and IR technology, and a microphone to support Google Voice. Android 5.1.1 will be pre-loaded to the media player, but users will also be able to run OpenELEC, various custom Android ROMs (CyanogenMod, AOKP, AOSP, Omega..) as well as Lubuntu.

The company claim that WeTek Core is the first Amlogic device that support Netflix in High Definition is backed up by a demo video showing Netflix up to 1920×1080 @ 5800 Kbps.

There’s also a demo with Kodi 15.0-RC1 showing playback of H.264 4K videos, and various H.265 videos up to 1080p.

The box should launch in September, but the price is “rumored” to be 109 Euros (inc. VAT) in Europe.

Via AndroidPC.es

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Peter Bauer
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Would be interesting to see a Lubuntu box with more RAM and Flash.
How good is Lubuntu support (e.g. video driver support ?)

HansHa
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HansHa

Interesting. The lack of Netflix HD support is a limitation in the Netflix Android app. How did Wetek fix this?

Harley
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Harley

Does this WeTek Core box support external USB TV-tuner adapters?

Does it have the same TV-tuner drivers/apps as WeTek Play?

ovidiu
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ovidiu

There will be tunered versions for all standards for sure.
Wetek will take care about that , we will see mixed tuner solution dvb-s t2 and c.
My concern is the lack of the hdmi 2.0

Hulk Hogan
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Hulk Hogan

Finaly they use a powerful SOC. They made the same bullshit like Zidoo in the past…using outdated or weak SOCs but selling them for a high price. Sure their support is better than most of the other companies but come on…

ovidiu
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@hulkHogan

Agree with you …. the only problem is that Nvidia Shield TV just established a new baseline … Tbh i don’t see chinese silicon makers/vendors to reach that baseline in the next 1 or 2 years… but who knows

ovidiu
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@JL-A

Any chance JL to see very soon an review for the Nvidia Shield TV?

paul
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paul

What happened to the choice of internal TV Tuner cards ? The differentiating feature Wetek had versus all the other ‘TV Boxes’ was that it actually was a TV Box that could receive live TV. Also, not much use if not supporting current WiFi-AC standards. Last year I liked the ‘Wetek Play’ concept, but it was let down by an obsolete SoC and as a result, generally uncompetitive performance spec relative to the TVless ‘TV-Boxes’ at the time.

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paul

What happened to the choice of internal TV Tuner cards ? The differentiating feature Wetek had versus all the other ‘TV Boxes’ was that it actually was a TV Box that could receive live TV. Also, not much use if not supporting current WiFi-AC standards. Last year I liked the ‘Wetek Play’ concept, but it was let down by an obsolete SoC and as a result, generally uncompetitive performance spec relative to the TVless ‘TV-Boxes’ at the time.

What I seek is a ‘Wetek Play’ concept, but with WiFi-AC, dual external antenna, a choice of DVB-T2 or ISDB-T mincards like in last years model, and not a hint of stutter when playing H265 1090p in current (v15) Kodi – either in Android 5.1 or 6, or in Ubuntu. As yet, I have not seen an ARM based mini-pc that can even do the latter.

Carlos
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Carlos

@ovidiu
hi,
I’m curious about the board.. might be something already on market.. and today we don’t have HDMI 2.0 on S812..
http://www.amlogic.com/product03.htm

massimo
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massimo

Very interesting , but 23.976 fps and audio hd passthrougth? 🙂

Bruce Wayne
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Bruce Wayne

@ovidiu
yeah but shield costs more than double. Weetek might finaly bring a powerful device… yay.

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[…] WeTek Core is the latest media player from WeTek Electronics, based on Amlogic S812-H processor with 2GB RAM, and 8GB RAM. By default, it will ship with Android 5.1 using DRM libraries enabling Netflix HD, but you’ll also be able to install OpenELEC or Lubuntu. The company sent me one sample, and I’ll start by checking out the device and internal hardware. […]

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rgray318
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rgray318

For a streaming device SHIELD TV is FAR too expensive. I wouldn’t purchase it until it hits the $99 or below mark. Its weird that this device has 1080p Netflix as I don’t see it on the official cert list. I wonder if their Netflix app can be used on other Amlogic boxes and still get 1080p? I am gutted that my Beelink M18 with a S905 is going to be limited to SD. In fact, I probably will not even open the stupid box once it arrives. Just going to toss it on ebay and hope it sells fast… Bummer…