HiMedia Q10 Pro Android TV Box Supports 4K HDR, H.265 & VP9 Video Playback, Comes with a 3.5″ SATA HDD Bay

Hisilicon HI3798C V200 is a promising processor with four Cortex A53 cores, ARM Mali-T720, 4K video output (HDMI 2.0a),  4K H.265/H.264/VP9 decoding with Dolby Vision & HDR10 high dynamic range standards support, native SATA, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 interfaces, and TS inputs to support tuners. That means products based on the SoC should be both decent media players and NAS, and one of the first product to hit the market will be HiMedia Q10 Pro.

Q10_ProHiMedia Q10 Pro specifications:

  • SoC – HiSilicon HI3798CV200 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T720 supporting OpenGL ES 3.1/2.0, OpenVG1.1, EGL, and Imprex 2.0 PQ engine with HDR,Dolby vision support.
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, 3.5″ SATA bay, and 2-in-1 card reader  (MMC/SD)
  • Video Ouput – 1x HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, 1x composite video (RCA)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, stereo audio (RCA), coaxial and optical S/PDIF  ports.
  • Video Codecs / Formats – 10-bit H.265/HEVC, H.264, VC1, MPEG4, MPEG2, VP9, VP8, VP6, AVS video decoding up top 250 Mbps bitrate. 3D blu-ray, BD-ISO, 3D BD-ISO
  • Audio Capabilities – 7.1 HD Audio pass-through and downmix for Dolby TtrueHD, DTS HD, and Dolby Atmos, 192K/24bit audio decoding and output
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (with remote wakeup and standby support), 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi with external antenna, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 device port (to connect to your computer)
  • Misc – Front LED display and smart touch key, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A (aluminum shell)

The device runs Android 5.1 with a 1080p user interface, is pre-loaded with Kodi 16.0 (likely customized for HiSilicon processors), and supports Google Play, local and OTA firmware updates, network video playback (SAMBA/NFS/UPnP), Miracast, and more.

Source: Eddy Lab http://muritzy.tistory.com/1143
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The box will ship with an IR remote control, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a quick start guide. Although bear in mind there will be Chinese and International version of the firmware,  and according to a post on Futeko: “Q10 Pro international firmware will be similar in appearance to Q5/Q10 4K3D with a new simple launcher. So ignore the interface photos on the Chinese reviews”. That link also points to various reviews of the Chinese model in Chinese and Korean. Also note that I’ve discovered recently HDR support will require new UHD Premium TVs, as many (most?) current UHD television do not support HDR capabilities.

HiMedia Q10 Pro will soon be available for pre-sale on Futeko for 178 Euros including VAT, and shipping is scheduled for April 13, 2016. I could not find the device for sale on other site yet, but this should just be a question of time. Make sure the product comes with the international version of the firmware. A few more details may be available on the official Himedia Q10 Pro product page.

Thanks to Jack for the tip.

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