Zidoo X6 Pro Unboxing and Teardown

There are so many Rockchip RK3368 TV boxes on the market that it’s difficult for products to stand out. But Zidoo X6 Pro might be one of these products bringing a little more, as beside frequent firmware updates, Zidoo’s RK3368 TV box may be the first to officially run Kodi 15.x, while most others manufacturers have decided to stick with Kodi 14.2 in their latest firmware, and the company also released Kodi source code modifications for 7.1 audio pass-through, 3D MVC support, and hardware video decoding in compliance with Kodi’s GPL license. As usual, I’ll start by taking some pictures of the device and board, before writing a full review in the next few days.

Zidoo X6 Pro Unboxing

I got the following package via DHL, which somehow decided to take my picture as I received the parcel… The package includes some of the key features of the device include 4K, 3D, and HEVC supports, Android 5.1 and Kodi Isengard, 2GB DDR3, 16GB eMMC, 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet.

Zidoo_X6_Pro_Package

The package includes an IR remote control with IR learning function, an HDMI cable, a 5V/2A US power adapter, a guarantee card, a “qualified certificate” and Zidoo X6 “simple manual” in English.

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The case is made of plastic and is pretty light. A small window on the front is used for the IR receiver and power LED, while two USB ports and a micro SD slot can be found on the side, with all other ports on the rear panel: 5V DC jack, 3.5 mm CBVS (composite + stereo) jack, Ethernet RJ45 port, HDMI 2.0 port, and optical S/PDIF port. There’s also a small pin hole between Ethernet and HDMI for firmware recovery.

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You can also watch the unboxing video below.

Zidoo X6 Pro Teardown

The bottom cover comes very easily after taking out four rubber pads and loosening four screws.

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The MAC address suffix is 80:0A:80 which belongs to… Shenzhen Zidoo Technology Co., Ltd. In the past the company used existing hardware platform, and MAC addresses from the manufacturer, but they’ve now bought their own MAC address range. Two Samsung K4B4G1646Q-HYK0  DDR3L bring 1GB memory to the system on the bottom of the board, and…

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.. two more can be found on the top for a total of 2 GB RAM. A Toshiba THGBMBG7D2KBAIL eMMC is for storage (16GB), Ampak AP6335 wireless module brings 802.11 b/g/n, 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet is implemented with PSF-2447 and Realtek RTL8211E Ethernet transceiver, while Rockchip RK1000-S adds TV out and an audio codec.

The board name is Z_X6_V1.0, so this likely confirms the board has been designed specifically for this product. Other interesting details include a 3-pin (GNX, Tx, Rx) header for serial console, a 9-pin header (not sure what it is for though), and on the bottom left corner reference to GPS, so they may have plan to add GPS for automotive computers or digital signage using a module such as Ampak AP6476 which integrates WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM and GPS.

Zidoo sent me the sample for review, and distributors can contact the company via Zidoo X6 Pro page. Individuals can purchase the product on Geekbuying for $99, and I could also find it on eBay ($120) and Aliexpress ($99).

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zoobab
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Too bad there is none of those boxes with a decent SATA connector, even an eSATA one for external drives.

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@JL

A link where we can download the firmware for this?

Next week the sample tuner will be shipped to you JL.

dewettie
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Someone can use this tool to dump the firmware and zip it.
http://freaktab.com/forum/development-area/rom-hacks-and-mods-development/12884-rockchipdumpsplit-simplifies-the-creation-of-backups-from-rockchip-devices
Need to connect USB cable to PC and device(not sure which USB, OTG?)
Then connect power cable to device while holding recovery button with a pin.
It will connect to flash mode and the tool will be able to dump the firmware.
You can use the same drivers & flashtool from Tronsmart and see if the device is in flash mode.

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Any word on any Linux distros coming to RK3368?

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[…] I received two Zidoo X6 Pro samples due to miscommunication: one from Zidoo directly which I used for the review, one from GeekBuying which I’m giving away today, and is basically new, although I’ve quickly tried it to make sure it boots. You can find more pictures on Zidoo X6 Pro unboxing and teardown post. […]