While there are many Amlogic S905 TV Boxes below $40, many of them only come with 1GB RAM, and if you want to get a model with 2GB RAM, you’d need to pay a little more. Mini M8S appears to be a pretty good deal, as it includes 2GB, and sells for $32.97 including shipping on eBay.
- 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 – 8GB flash + micro SD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0
- Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – IR receiver
- Power Supply – DC 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 110 x 110 x 17.5 mm
- Weight – 162 grams
The device runs Android 5.1, and looks exactly the same as Beelink MINI MX, but with more memory, and a Fast Ethernet connection instead of Gigabit. The TV box ships with an IR Remote Control, an HDMI Cable, a power adapter, and a user’s manual in English.
I reviewed MINI MX previously, but at the time it was one of the first Amlogic S905 based devices, with both firmware and especially Kodi support needing some work. Now the status appears to be much better, based on comments in the review. Several people have also bought Mini M8S to run Linux, either OpenELEC, or as a Linux server with 2GB RAM, and you won’t be alone as close to 700 Mini M8S above been sold through that eBay seller. Other shops also sell it, but not quite as cheap: $37.99 on GearBest, $37.89 on Everbuying, $49.99 on Amazon US, etc…
Redskull YouTube user also posted a video review.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.