Shenzhen Tomato X96 Amlogic S905X TV Box is Designed to be “Hooked” Behind Any Monitor or Wall Mounted

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There are several solutions to mount a mini computer or TV box behind a display, and while VESA mount is one of them, your TV may not support it, so Shenzhen Tomato has come up with “magic tape” combined with an IR extension cable to help you hook their latest X96 TV box behind your TV.X96_TV_Box

Let’s go through the main specifications first:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz/2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 (option: 2GB)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (option: 16GB) + micro SD card slot up to 64GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, and AV port (composite video)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV port (stereo audio)
  • Video Codecs – 4K VP9 @ 60 fps, 4K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps, 4K H.264 up to 30 fps
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. No Bluetooth
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, IR receiver, IR port for extension cable
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A
  • Dimensions & Weight – N/A

The device runs Android 6.0.

Magic_Tape_TV_Box_MountThe picture above shows the various mounting options including wall-mounting, and what the company calls “magic tape” but just looks like Velcro. If you want to use the provided remote control, you’ll also have to connect the IR extension cable and place it somewhere to allow for line of sight operation.

Shenzhen Tomato is now taking orders for their device, and if you are interested in purchasing one or more samples, you can do so for $23 to $25 + shipping, by contacting them through their website.

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Theguyuk
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Well you can buy Velcro in pound shops in the UK but you still need a IR extender like above. Maybe time for WiFi remotes?

mdel
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mdel

So S905X boxes will also be very cheap, expected but nice.

@cnxsoft
i haven’t had a chance to look at it, but has amlogic published some linux source updates for the s905x chip ?
Or, still talking linux, would the new X features (hw video decoding) work out of the box on an openelec or kodi setup ?

Or will some X features be restricted to android and won’t make it to linux ?
I understand that the new feature aim at accessing some DRM protected contents and although DRMs and hw decoding are separate technicalities, i was wondering if it could have a negative impact on the linux side of things ?

Teiko
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Teiko

@mdel

Amlogic source from 2016-05-04 contain VP9 driver in kernel. libplayer in buildroot has VP9 support. Buildroot has new configs, but unsure which is which box. Guessing gxb, gxtvbb, gxl is S905/S905X core. Many dev board configs p200, p201, p211, p212 ..

Userspace video decoding for Amlogic use libplayer own API. This only analyze video file and push ES/TS/PS packet to kernel device.

Amlogic Android is on top of libplayer API. Also gstreamer integration for Linux. Kodi Amlogic port opens kernel devices direct.

Work is done by kernel driver, load microcode and feed packet to VPU. driver/amlogic/amports

mdel
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mdel

@Teiko
ok thx for the info, i’ll check the kernel config options of that source tree.

For the moment i’m having fun with the extra cheap (and very tiny) Nexbox A95X (s905, $22 on gearbest) which works really surprisingly well with kodi 16.1 on android 5.1. I’ll test linux or openelec on it too and see how kodi performs there.
That A95X box is going to become my new cheap favorite and replace the beelink x2 (same price but h3 soc) on which i was trying to run my linux setups without great success despite all armbian goodies already available..

psor
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psor

@mdel
Where will you get the openelec build for the A95X machine ?

Thanks

pasalar
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hi
i have x96. But I have a problem, running movies in kodi,Suddenly out of the program kodi.
It seems Android 6 is very heavy

Is there a new update for x96
Is it possible to install Android 5 or 4 on the device x96

pasalar
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I need to link to download the latest update .

I will be grateful if someone help me

goulattack
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goulattack

@cnxsoft
i have the same problem. please for any further news

pasalar
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I have problem is on the run apps royal IPTV & IPFOX & Atlas IPTV. Suddenly out of the applications

pasalar
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latest update .
http://52.10.143.169/x96/

goulattack
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goulattack

@pasalar
how can we install it .do you have fix the problems

pasalar
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Problems as well. unsolved

Tester
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Tester

hardware keyboards have problems (tested 3 models) – ENTER key not working 🙁

Martin Wilson
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Martin Wilson

I bought two of these. Blue light does not come in. Can’t get either to work. Use mains power too

Amine
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Amine

Hello Martin
Did you solve the problem I just bought a new s905x x96 and no blue light no boot.

Mark C
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Mark C

Kodi crashes all the time, it only runs for a few minutes on stock 6.0.1 firmware. Upon inspection I found it’s only running on 1 out of 4 CPUs. Have you got root files for this box on 6.0.1 please? I want to get all 4 CPUs working to see if that’s why Kodi won’t run.
Also do you have any drivers or software needed to flash? How do you flash this box?
Thanks in advance

anavarro
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anavarro

my x96 has compilation 2160801.16 39 is safe to update

anavarro
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my x96 has compilation 2160801.16:39… is safe to update now? please

anavarro
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anavarro

Please need a tutorial how OTA update my x96….

porkapple
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porkapple

I saw new update file has been uploaded. FileTime=2016/08/23 Version=1.0.5

anavarro
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anavarro

Unknown errors! Please quit and try it again!…. not download the update .. has major improvements this update? …

Pokmon
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Pokmon

I got error when try to install last update over OTA. Eny success upgrade?

anavarro
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anavarro

the update was successful, but has many problems … no Google TV remote, can not integrate USB memory Quasar in Kodi .. dlna is very bad … this new update did faster start and a few changes .. .Thanks for the Work.
And wait many

Leon
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Leon

I have a problem with HDMI connection – black screen on tv ( TV Panasonic tx-42as300e)

In other devices working great. Any sugestions?

Szasza
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Szasza

@Leon

I have an I have an Nexbox A95X (905x). I guess it is very similar to this.

I have connected it to a projector (Vivitek D511), where it was working.

However it is not working on the following 2 plasma TV-s:

Pioneer PDP-4280XA
Panasonic VIERA TH-42PV60A

Both of the TVs were connected through HDMI.

It shows NO SIGNAL, the screen is black.

It ‘s neither working on the following projector:

EPSON EB-X12

No signal, blue screen.

Igor
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Igor

Kodi 16.1 crashing all the time! Also very poor performance WiFi. Network lost unpredictable signal is lost and disconnect. At the same time smartphone shows the excellent quality of wifi reception!
We are waiting for new firmware with fixes.

anavarro
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anavarro

Before updating and after updating do a factory reset and have no problem with kodi … wifi not more than 15 meters and have no conection problems.

Igor
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Igor

impossible to update google market (google play) app. pls fix it in new firmware

Boogeymonsir
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Boogeymonsir

Most android boxes have reset button in AV port, where is reset button located on x96?

Dano The Mano
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Dano The Mano

After watching a film. Go to watch another. KODI crashes out. have to restart KODI. Have inastalled fresh KODI, still does the same. Have done latest updates, still does the same. Anyone have same prob???

Dano The Mano
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Dano The Mano

As previously asked, where is the reset button. for toothpick method. ThanX.

Joran
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Joran

The reset button is in the AV port

Joran
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Joran

Anyone got a flashable image for use with USB Burning Tool for this box ??? cant seem to find it anywhere 🙁

Joran
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Joran

if anyone needs the / a flashable firmware that works on this box, here you go: http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/08/27/x9-4k-amlogic-s905x-android-6-0-marshmallow-64bittv-box-firmware-20160827/

this is for usb burning tool

anavarro
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anavarro

Juran… this firm Work correct in the x96?

anavarro
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anavarro

please comment as this firm works …

Ren
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Ren

@Szasza
It was just an hdmi cable problem, try with another cable better an old one (from 1.0 to 1.3 version)

Joran
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Joran

Hey @anavarro, it is not the same firmware as i got on my x96 box from where i purchased it. But it works just fine, there are many “rebranded” x96 boxes around 😛 The IMG file i linked to, works just fine on my x96 box.

Joran
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Joran

@anavarro
Hey @anavarro, it is not the same firmware as i got on my x96 box from where i purchased it. But it works just fine, there are many “rebranded” x96 boxes around 😛 The IMG file i linked to, works just fine on my x96 box.

anavarro
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thanks Joran … it’s very good to have another option …
the last upgrade of the x96 is worse than the other …
kodi crash, the x96 in safe mode many times … etc etc

Please send pics of the interface and functions

Szasza
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Szasza

@Ren

Thank you, I will try that one too.

anavarro
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Szasza…please comment the results and the method that you used

Szasza
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Szasza

@anavarro
Its not that easy to get such a cable. I have 2 new one, but buying an older 1.1-1.3 is a challenge…

anavarro
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anavarro

Check this metod Szasza https://youtu.be/ZPtmwwEpB3g

Szasza
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Szasza

My box is not bricked, only it gets not recognized via HDMI by my Panasonic plasma tv, only A/V.

anavarro
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anavarro

New update 2016/09/27 in progres.
Ota root.zip
????

GeorgeCY
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GeorgeCY

hey , there is a starting sound on my x96 before it enters main android screen , does anyone know how to disable that ?

Dustin Wheat
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Dustin Wheat

Oh my gosh I hate that sound too!!

Dany
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Dany

Bonjour.
Je désire me procurer la tv box x96 Android 6.0 2gb , j aimerais savoir si vous me l’a conseillé . Est elle équipée du bluetooth?
Merci