WeTek Core 4K Media Player Unboxing and Teardown

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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 flash. By default, it will ship with Android 5.1 using DRM libraries enabling Netflix HD, but you’ll also be able to install OpenELEC, and later on Lubuntu once/if the community gets involved like for WeTek Play. The company sent me one sample, and I’ll start by checking out the device and internal hardware.

WeTek Core Unboxing

That’s the package which lists the specifications and provides links to WeTek Facebook page and forums.

WETEK.core_package

The box ships with a 12V/1A power adapter with clippable US, EU and UK plugs, an HDMI cable, WeTek’s IR and RF 6-axis remote control with voice search function, a small (and cool) tool for firmware updates, and a blue document showing the device’s ports.

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The power button and LED are located on one of the corners at the top. One side has a micro SD slot and two USB 2.0 host ports, with the rear panel featuring an AV jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI output, optical S/PDIF, and the power jack.

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You can have a better look in the unboxing video.

WeTek Core Teardown

There are only two screws to remove, and only one is hidden under a sticky rubber pad. You’ll likely break the warranty if you open the box though, as the other screw has a sticker. You’ll also notice WeTek Core is one of the rare TV box supporting wall mount.
WeTek_Core_Wall_Mount
Once you’ve loosened the screws, you’ll need some plastic tool to pop out the top cover.

WeTek Core Board (Click to Enlarge)
WeTek Core Board (Click to Enlarge)

There’s a small heatsink covering Amlogic S812 processor, the board name is S812_KI_Rev1.3, and the MAC Address suffix E8:18:63:50 looks up to Wetek Electronics registered in Hong Kong. Main components include four NANYA NT5CB256M16BP-EK DDR3 chips (2GB RAM in total) , SKHynix H27UCG8T2ETR 8GB NAND flash, and Ampak AP6330 wireless module for dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Gigabit Ethernet is implemented with Realtek RTL8211F transceiver and Pulse H5007NL Gigabit magnetics module. Three header are unpopulated: a 4-pin J1 header for serial console, a 26-pin header (J9), and an 8-pin header (J3).
WeTek_Core_Internal_USB_Ports
Two internal USB ports can be found inside the case, with one used by the remote control’s RF dongle, and one free to use.

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Remove two more screws to completely take out the board. The bottom of the board features the micro SD slot and Genesis Logic GL850G USB 2.0 hub controller.

WeTek Core is not up for sale just yet, but the price is rumored to be around 109 Euros including EU VAT. If you already own WeTek Play or an older Informir MAG STB, you can however apply for a 10% discount code by providing your WP membership number, or trading your MAG device. Based on the counter on that page, I understand WeTek Core will launch at the beginning on November.

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Demetris
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Its quite obvious that Christian Troy a long time lonewolf developers from early allwinner days and several other chinese socs knows what he is doing as all i see in the future is greatness to WETEK company.
They know what to bring to the market and how to support a product properly. Anything you buy from these guys cant go wrong.Support wise is like the Nexus for the masses, you know is coming because common what else can you want from openelec official support and latest android version running smooth and buggless on your device with updates down the lane 😉
So face it! WETEK rocks!
Kudos
And no i have no affiliation to any of them am just a simple users that dont own any wetek product at all

Tony
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Tony

Would be interesting to compare the performance with some mainstream media players like the new Amazon firetv with mediatek chip.

Tony
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Tony

Agree but how do you think the Amlogic 812 performs against the MT8173 ? Does it stand a chance or it gets completely annihilated ?

saor
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saor

I seen a review of the new fire tv box. They said it is running a lot hotter than the first box. Performance wise was a lot faster. It can be bought on amazon uk but they wont ship it to me here in ireland.

m][sko
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m][sko

Anybody can point me to Lubuntu for this device.
thx

JotaMG
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JotaMG

Demetris :
And no i have no affiliation to any of them am just a simple users that dont own any wetek product at all

Fantastic man!
You just need to learn how to LIE a little better, ok??

MK84
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MK84

Does is have Widevine DRM implemented?

MK84
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MK84

@cnxsoft
Awesome. That’s good to hear.

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Étienne
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Étienne

@cnxsoft How does the sound part compare versus a squeezebox receiver or touch?

Rod Gray
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Rod Gray

@cnxsoft, where is the lubuntu image you mentioned in the first paragraph? You clearly mention this device has Lubuntu support, so your article is one of the reasons I purchased it, so I could run Lubuntu and Android in dual boot config. Or do I just download a standard ARM64 image and burn it to the sdcard and boot from that using the OpenELEC instructions?

Rod Gray
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Rod Gray

@cnxsoft

Yeah understood. Its just that your article here made me believe it already had support for Lubuntu, which is one of the main reasons I purchased it. I would remove the word “Lunbuntu” from the above article because no one at Wetek looks interested in bringing the support to the Core. Do you know of any “other” cheap box that has “confirmed” Linux desktop support? Maybe GeekBox or something? I have one more un-populated HDMI port I could use on my TV. Was hoping to get it all in one box, dual boot etc, but if that’s not possible yet, then its simply not possible yet. Thanks

Rod Gray
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Rod Gray

Thanks for the edit. I don’t need a powerful Linux distro, just something that can double for a desktop for simple things like Android device flashing, adb work, fastboot, Internet browser, text editor, skype, just simple things when I’m not feeling like firing up the main rig.

One more question. Do you think that free USB port inside this Core box is usable? I assume it is with the dongle working next to it. I want to permanently install a SanDisk Extreme I am not using, but I don’t want to take up the outer facing ports. I figure it would be a great spot for some added storage.

Rod Gray
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Rod Gray

Very interesting news. Maybe they were waiting for someone to show a little interest in it. Lol

Rod Gray
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Rod Gray

@cnxsoft

I think I should just give up my idea of having a decent media box + Lubuntu box in one unit and accept the fact I will always need to run two boxes on my TV. I have a Beelink M18 with eMMC 5.0. Be nice if I could convert that into a Lubuntu box, lol. I mean the S905 is a more appropriate SoC anyway I would think. The newer Odroid’s use S905 too.

Rod Gray
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Rod Gray

@cnxsoft

Hey bud when you had this device open, did it look like the heat sink could be replaced with something better? Or at least the TIM replaced with something better? I have a larger copper heat sink made just for items such as this. According to CPU-Z my S812 runs at 70C and I think that is insanely high. It should be around 40-50C, and mid 50’s tops during video playback. Just curious. Thanks

Rob
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Rob

Hi there i have the same wetek core with same motherboard, i neex help finding proper firmware wetek support are no help , i have tried everything thing i can find online about it and nothing works can you please help me , when i turn it on blue light and black screen . I cant seam to get amything to install .