NEXBOX A95X Android TV Box Powered by Amlogic S905 Processor Sells for $27

Amlogic S905 Android TV boxes have been popular and inexpensive 64-bit ARM platform for Kodi, and other applications. But NEXBOX A95X must be the cheapest model I’ve come accross so far as it only sells for $26.99 including shipping on Banggood

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NEXBOX A95X specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with  penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0, AV
  • Video Codec – [email protected] Hz video decoding 10-bit HEVC and AVS+ codec support; H.264 up to 4K 30 Hz
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (no Bluetooth)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 93 x 93 x 11 mm

The device comes pre-installed with Android 5.1 and Google Play support. Kodi or SPMC should work well on the box, although features like audio HD pass-through and automatic frame rate switching would have to be tested.

NEXBOX_A95X_HDMI_Ethernet_USB

People wanting to run Linux on this type of device might be able to do so, as progress has been made running Ubuntu on various S905 TV boxes, and Tronsmart Vega S95 boxes even has preliminary support in mainline Linux kernel.

Beside Banggood, the box is also sold on eBay but for a more standard $38, but other resellers are likely to follow in the next few days. Some limited information is also available on NEXBOX A95X product page. [Update: GearBest sells it for $24.99]

Thanks to Sander for the tip.

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Thats looks pretty cool. Good price and a very capable SoC.

Hopefully Linux support improves, as this could be a nice little miniPC for light tasks.

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@cnxsoft
It doesn’t really offer much more for +3$

I do wonder if this new box uses s905 or s905x

Stane1983
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@Benjamin
Based on video specs its 905. And 905x will come with Marshmallow, not Lollipop.

Stane1983
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@cnxsoft
I wouldn’t be surprised A95X name is chosen on purpose…

Dommels
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Dommels

Quite compact too

RobBrownNZ
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RobBrownNZ

Ordered. I have an ODroid-C2 and I’m enjoying playing with the S905. Also AmLogic is promising Marshmallow for S905 although I’m not holding my breath. It’ll be interesting to see what DRM support (if any) this box has.

RobBrownNZ
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RobBrownNZ

Interestingly, at http://www.inexbox.com/nexbox-a95x-tv-box-another-s905x-tv-box-model/ it specifically says that the A95X has a S905X chip.

Sander
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Sander

I ordered one too. I’m not yet sure what to do with it, but I really want to know what a company can produce for €25 including shipping.

Oh, and I hope there will be a 64-bit Linux for it. A 64-bit Linux box for €25 … wow!

cbm80
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cbm80

Does it have analog audio output? I can see AV socket but I’m not sure. And I don’t understand stereo DAC feature introduced in S905X – in such case regular S905 wouldn’t be able to play any analog sound.

cbm80
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cbm80

So regular Linux from SD card will work on this TV Box?

Theguyuk
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Theguyuk

I have a minim8s s905 they are good with Android 5.1.1 and 2gb ram . The s802 is faster with graphics in 3Dmark but the minim8s runs cooler. I also use it with a clone Arduino uno r3 with app, so in effect its GPIO.

Fossxplorer
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Fossxplorer

@cnxsoft
So what they mean is that the current A95X ships with S905, but in the future they might come with S905X?
What a confusing answer yeah!

Stane1983
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Based on specs I have, S905 and S905X are NOT pin to pin compatible chips (as S802 and S812 were) so unless they’re going to make new pcb design and sell it under same name…

Fossxplorer
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@Stane1983
Hmm, then their answer doesn’t make sense at all!

Rambler44
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Rambler44

Waiting for the octo-core to release after Q2, please NEXBOX.

RobBrownNZ
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RobBrownNZ

@cnxsoft
Well, thanks for making the effort… even if it only makes things less clear! I guess S905 is the most likely outcome at this point. I’m quite happy about that, because I don’t really want to be hacking on two different chips.

cbm80
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cbm80

Finally I decided to buy Mini M8S available for less than $32. This cheap S905 Android box has 2GB of RAM and BT 4.0 which can be helpful.

Leon Mozie
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Leon Mozie

Where can I buy the mini m8 with 2 rams?

Sander
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Sander

I just got a mail from Banggood: “Your order was shipped out. ”

Now let’s wait 3 weeks …

fossxplorer
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fossxplorer

Better pay $5 more and get 2GB RAM with Mini M8S 🙂

cbm80
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cbm80

@fossxplorer
Currently rather $6 because ebay seller raised the price. Unfortunately I noticed too late that M8S has no analog output which I need to watch movies on the projector. So I purchased also A95X 🙂 $27 is ridiculous price for such nice piece of hardware. Let’s hope firmware will be more mature than most other S905 boxes released a few months ago.

RobBrownNZ
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RobBrownNZ

My A95X arrived yesterday – 8 days shipping to New Zealand, pretty good! I can confirm that it has S905 rather than S905X, and it has Widevine L3 DRM.

Personally I wish I’d got a Mini M8S, but in any case, it’s a cool little box 🙂

Chile
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Chile

@RobBrownNZ

Can you tell me how good is Wi-Fi reception of A95X and does preinstalled Kodi works good because I know that in Nexbox MXQ Pro who also have S905 there was problems with Kodi? And why would you wish you’we got a Mini M8S, A95X that bad or because of 2GB or ram on Mini M8S?

RobBrownNZ
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@Chile
I’m having no problems at all with Wi-Fi, watching 720P h.264 videos from a NAS etc. The distance from router to A95X is about 10m, through one wall.
The pre-installed Kodi is no good for me, because it gave errors loading the DVBLogic PVR plugin. I installed SPMC from the Play Store and it’s working fine.
2GB RAM and built-in Bluetooth were the reasons I would like a Mini M8S. The A95X doesn’t even seem to have Bluetooth enabled in the kernel, as I haven’t found an external Bluetooth adapter that will work with it.

Dartigo
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Rambler44
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@RobBrownNZ
Would be nice with one that had L1 if they could make one for us who stream a bit of Netflix, but that is just my own egoistic needs. Probably will never know but I will pay attention to the S905X etc as I need at least VP9 for YouTube use and if it doesn’t play officially in their player I’ll say screw their app and use a 3rd party one to playback video (not from play store)

Chile
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Chile

@RobBrownNZ

Ok, I ordered A95X. Thank you for your reply. BTW Here is review confirming that this box is really good for it’s price: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUCIFRARr1M .

KiwiBloke
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KiwiBloke

I just ordered a A95X because of these reviews and also the YouTube video from Redskull. I got it from Banggood for NZD$39.32 including insurance on the 23rd June 2016. It will be interesting to see how quick it gets here.

JoeyJones
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JoeyJones

Received mine yesterday. Sometimes my Sony-TV becomes purple/green 🙁

Jeep
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Jeep

He guys!

I ordered one too, really excited to play around with such a cheap piece of hardware.

A questions: can I just add add-ons to KODI within the system or do I need to download them from another source and manually install them? Have no idea 🙂

Any other cool things I should try with this device?

Tnx!

KiwiBloke
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KiwiBloke

Received my TV box today (2nd July) that’s 9 days from China to New Zealand, awesome! I’ll come back with my thoughts on it’s performance in a few days.

KiwiBloke
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KiwiBloke

Well I’m very impressed with this wee TV box. I’ve been mucking around with it for a couple of hours and it hasn’t missed a beat. Actually I’m writing this post on it now and it’s good as gold to surf the web with, I’m using Opera. I already have a dedicated Kodi box so I’m mainly using the A95X for the YouTube and Netflix apps and they both work perfectly. I had a play with Kodi before I deleted it and it seemed to work okay. It had a heap of stuff already installed but I added the Livestream add-on and it worked no worries. So all in all the A95X is well worth the money and if you are thinking about buying one I say go for it.

mdel
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mdel

I wanted to add a few details about the device after tearing it down, sorry no pictures (later), looks like all my camera devices decided to die last week.

So the board is 7.5cm x 7.5cm (the box is 9.2cmx9.2cmx2cm, no power button), very tiny compared to regular “MXQ” boxes.

– labeled “v1_0 20160524”, on the back there’s a sticker showing :
A95-S905 – 1G/8G – RTL8189ETV – 20160601

– eMMC : KLM8G1WEMB-B031 (“SMART Brazil”, Samsung? standard eMMC 5.0)
Samsung specs are not very impressive but the read speed 100MBs / 2500 rand iops, are relatively good which would explain the overall speed of that device. Writing performances are much slower (6MBs / 200iops).
That eMMC is a BGA package, but the pcb layout also has regular “NAND” pinouts.

– Wifi : uses the classic “pcb module” approach (RTL8189ETV), has an external flat antenna (not a pcb antenna), i’m not sure you would have the space to drill/fit an SMA connector on the side the box, although there’s a 1cm gap on two sides.

– there’s an unpopulated QFP (square) footprint right next to the Wifi module which also leads to a second “antenna” connector, so there may be another version of the board with an additional or different wireless configuration, or maybe it’s only the “missing” bluetooth ?

– Ethernet : the board has an external ETH PHY IP101GR with H1102NL pulse chip.

– Heat : there’s a small heatsink “properly” solidly glued at an angle on the s905.
I don’t know what’s the TPD of the S905, but i’m pretty sure it won’t handle proper dissipation at full load. There’s no contact on the outer plastic case but the box has some air vents on two sides on the bottom. Which is fine as everybody knows heat goes down, well it must be how it works i china i guess..

Wait it’s getting better, the board sits upside down on the top side not on the bottom !
So although those vents would have been slightly above a board at the bottom, they are now below the heatsink, that must be some clever design i don’t understand.

Anyways, jokes aside you’ll be “much” better off to leave your box upside down if you want to improve cooling.

– Audio : analog output is done through an ES7134LV.

– Memory: SK Hynix H5TQ4G63CFR (x2), DDR3 not sure what speed it’s rated at.

I was worried the serial connector would be missing from such a small board but it looks like it’s present right next to the eMMC/SD card connector. I’ll test it, but the 4 pins configuration is quite easy to recognize, no labels though.

One last word concerning the IR remote which is of better quality than the regular remote you get with all the other cheap boxes. The clicks are good and semi flat button feel is very nice.
It has a kodi button and another “media” button which will launch a “cloud tv” app i don’t know about.
There are “TV device” buttons (power / audio) on the top, not sure if they work or not, probably not as you’d have to program them, or is it through Hdmi CEC ?
Unfortunately there are no 4 color buttons, and once again no Play/Pause button !

@KiwiBloke
out of curiosity can you tell me why you removed the stock kodi on that device and what you replaced it with ?

KiwiBloke
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@mdel

No worries.

My Kodi box is a HP T5740 Thin Client which has an Intel Atom N280 1.66Ghz hyperthreaded processor, with Intel GL40 chipset and I added 3GB DDR3 Ram, a Transcend 128G SATA3 2.5″ SSD and a Broadcom BCM970015/BCM70015 HD Crystal Hardware Decoder for 1080P playback.

It’s running OpenELEC and I have it set up sweet as, so there was no need to bother with Kodi on the A95X.

Here’s all the information I followed when I set mine up.

http://www.parkytowers.me.uk/thin/hp/t5740/index.shtml

Karl Johnson
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Karl Johnson

Can someone make a backup of firmware. I broke mine playing

mdel
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mdel

@Karl Johnson
i could do that, i think i haven’t touched the stock android on the nand too much, could do a reset if necessary and also waiting for a second one in the mail, just in case.

i feel a bit stupid but, is there a standard way to do that nand backup ?

i’d also be interested to know how you “broke” it as i’m also tempering with it (from sd card only)

Karl Johnson
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Karl Johnson

Thank you. I tried swapping out systemui with another one from a different box so I could get navigation and notification bar like I did in the past. Broke Android. I did flash another rom from a different box with same wifi but it is crap. If you have another on the way I would prefer to wait to get a perfect IMG. Twrp from freaktab should work. http://freaktab.com/forum/tv-player-support/amlogic-based-tv-players/16228-twrp-for-amlogic-devices. Or a dd to external sd or thumb should work. Adb can also work.

mdel
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mdel

My second one was shipped on july 7 so it won’t get here before probably july 20 or later.

I can do a system reset of my current box and dump it, i believe i only opened the existing apps, and kodi upated its numerous plugins, but i don’t think i installed anything on it, i’m pretty sure i didn’t even register a google account on that android.

Anyways i’ll probably do a reset later today if i’m back early or tomorrow.

I believe twrp has to be installed so it’s more intrusive than dumping from adb dd, but you’d have to build a flash image i guess so it may be more complicated.. and twrp would require that you have twrp installed on your device right ?
can you still “adb install” stuff on your box ?

Let me know what you prefer, i’m no android rom expert so if you find a specific tutorial it would be helpful.
i found a couple on freaktab but a bit old and there should be nand / emmc differences too for that process.

sabai
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sabai

Is there (or will there be) Openelec or Libreelec for this little box?

Karl Johnson
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Karl Johnson

You dont even need to install TWRP. Just rename to recovery.img and place on your micro sdcard. Insert and use a toothpick to hold in the button in the AV hole. Then plug in power. Or if you are in android open a terminal emulator and type “su” then “reboot recovery”

I have also found using this formatting tool will give you the best chance of the box recognizing the sd card

https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

I doubt openelec will come. John with Nexbox is pretty unresponsive to questions to help aid Openelec. You might be able to flash for another s905 device but will have to use ethernet.

Karl Johnson
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Karl Johnson