MINIX NEO U1 Android Media Hub Combines Amlogic S905 Processor with 2GB RAM, 802.11ac WiFi

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MINIX has posted several graphics on their Facebook page about a new NEO U1 media hub in the last few days. The company will launch the new model which include 2GB RAM, and 802.11ac WiFi next Friday (December 4, 2015) for $129.90 on their Amazon store, and other official resellers.

Minix_Neo_U1MINIX NEO U1 specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDMI CEC support
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, and 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (2×2 MIMO) and Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Misc – Power button, IR receiver, Kensington lock ready
  • Power Supply –  5V/3A
  • Dimensions & Weight – N/A

MINIX_NEO_U1_Remote_Control

The device will run Android 5.1 as on other Amlogic S905 TV boxes, but likely with the usual MINIX user interface. It’ one of the Amlogic S905 TV box with the highest specifications on the market, and similar to Ugoos AM1, but with Bluetooth 4.1 support, an extra USB OTG port, and a Kensington lock.

Via HDBlog.it

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Ron
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Ron

pity there’s no analog AV (composite) output as well…

Tony
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Nice specs but triple the price of competition!

mo123
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mo123

@Tony
The extra 1GB RAM and 8GB Storage is responsible for the increase in price.
But for $129 you can just as well get a RK3288 box with a faster CPU & GPU that can also play 10-bit 4K HEVC videos.

Nb68
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What rk3288 systems have a faster CPU GPU?
Are they as stable as minix boxes have been?

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@Ron

AV plug is one of the first things I look for myself…

I know it’s 2015…but it’s nice to have the option.

Djoslax
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Djoslax

Minix is the best.

mo123
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@Nb68
Eg, UGOOS UT3S or HPH NT-V6(has the same board and can use the same firmware as UT3S, has no fan but cheaper)
UGOOS just released Lollipop Light Biz OS for their RK3288 boxes, one of the most stable Android boxes you can buy apart from the Nvidia Shield which is more expensive. Even 1 1/2 years after their tv box releases they are still pumping out firmware updates and helping users. http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/11/25/android-5-1-firmware-for-rockchip-rk3288-tv-boxes-by-ugoos-and-cloudnetgo/#comment-504630

Eg. UGOOS, HPH NT-V6 tv boxes get a 42000-44000 score in Antutu
S905 Boxes get around 29000-34000 score.

I would rank
1. Nvidia Shield
2. UGOOS UT3(S) / HPH NT-V6
3. MINIX tv boxes
4. INPHIC tv boxes
99. Acemax, Eny tv boxes

victorass
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victorass

Seems like a solid TV box. Good specs plus nice design and (I hope) quality built. If the price gets under 100$ then it would be bang for the deal.

Anna Zou
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@Nb68
Yes, RK3288 uses Cortex-A17, the Performance up 50% compared with A9 and A7, and support multi-window performance.

Cloudnetgo CR13 is with RK3288 chipset and support 2MP webcamera.

eric
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walt664

What about DTS/DD licenses in this box? Perhaps someone has the exact information?

N7jesus
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N7jesus

I was going for MINIX z64A but seeing this U1…. Is it worth it to wait for the new U1? Your opinions about CPU, emmc, GPU, network…? Thanks in advance

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@mo123
Long time ago… I know… but now I’m a little bit back into the game 😉
a.)Because of the “42000-44000 score in Antutu” for the RK3288, are you sure that these values aren’t a fake? I think so, but, because I don’t own a RK3288, I can’t be sure, but in the past, MINIX was one of the only manufactures (especially at the AML’s) which doesn’t fake the value 🙂
b.) because of your ranking please don’t forget the quality of the HW at MINIX (in my view, significantly better than many other manufactures, for example: MLC!! eMMC 5.0 Storage, larger heat-sink, good case/housing etc.) and the SW support is also nice (eg continuous F.O.T.A (Firmware-Over-The-Air))….

@eric
Hi 🙂

@cnxsoft
Are you sure about the better performance of the Intel Z3735F at the MINIX Z64A?
Ok, at the past I was focused at the Z64W (8.1 Bing), but I have to say, the Intel Z3735F is OK, but the performance isn’t really high, but anyway, I have to ask my self why I need 64Bit at Android, but maybe I will find it out the next days with my NEO U1 😉
All in all I have to say, I prefer the video quality of the AML’s.

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@mo123 (and all)
Shit 😉 of course I have RK3288 (more than one) but not the “new” RK3368… as I wrote, Long time ago… 🙂
and these AnTuTu values at this SoC (RK3288) are faked but compared with the AML S8xx the GPU at the RK3288 is much more powerful eg. at gaming… …

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[…] MINIX NEO U1 Android TV box, which the company prefers to call “media hub for Android”, has been announced last week, and has started shipping. The company sent me one sample of the Amlogic S905 device, as well as MINIX NEO A2 Lite air mouse which can be included with the box as part as some bundle. I’ll check out the media hub and air mouse today, as well as get a close look at the internals, before testing the device, and published a full review of MINIX NEO U1 lateron. […]

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