Rockchip RK3229 is a low cost 4K SoC that supports 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60 fps and 10-bit H.264 and VP9 up to 4K @ 30 fps, and found in inexpensive TV boxes such as MXQ 4K. Zidoo has decided to design a new product based on the processor, with the same enclosure as Allwinner H3 based Zidoo X1 TV box, and aptly called Zidoo X1 II.
Zidoo X1 II specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K2K @ 60 fps, and 3.5mm AV output (composite)
- Connectivity – 100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – IR receiver
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 12.6 x 11.8 x 3.6 cm
The device runs Android 4.4 with the usual Zidoo UI as found on all recent Zidoo devices such as Zidoo X6 Pro. It ships with a remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter for EU, UK, US or AU, and user’s manual. Beside video codecs capabilities, the strength of RK3229 is that it can handle video with high bitrates (200 Mbps+).
Some of the custom features include unified storage (single partition for apps and data), power is controlled via an MCU allowing for power on or off schedules and using the remote to turn on the device, OTA firmware upgrades, as well as ZDMC (based on Kodi) with audio HD pass-through with 7.1 channels, and the company’s own Zidoo Media Center and ZIDOO RC smartphone app for Android.
Zidoo X1 II should be available in a few weeks for $59 (SRP) [Update: Geekbuying is pre-selling the device for $49 including shipping]. Visit Zidoo X1 II page for more info. The company is also organizing a giveaway on Facebook where the 10 people who get the most referrals with their “lucky” link will win a Zidoo X1 II.
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