Ugoos has finally announced the official release of Ugoos UT3+ TV Box based on Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A19 processor with a much improved HDMI input function thanks to a Toshiba chip, and now supports DVR and PiP (Picture-in-picture) functions.
- SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 @ 1.8 GHz with ARM Mali-T764 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB NAND Flash + micro SD slot up to 32 GB
- Connectivity – 100/1000M Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz) and 802.11ac with external Wi-Fi antenna
- Video I/F
- Output – HDMI 1.4 output up to 4k2k @ 30 fps
- Input – HDMI input up to 1080p60
- Audio I/F – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, and optical S/PDIF
- USB – 3x USB host ports
- Power Supply – 5V/3A via 2.1mm DC jack
- Dimensions – N/A
- Temperature Range – Operating: -10~40℃, Storage: -20~50℃
- Humidity – 5%-90%, No condensation
Ugoos UT3+ runs Android 5.1.1, but there’s also a Linux firmware available to business customers. AS already mentioned the key feature here is HDMI input, and in previous products such as the first version of HPH NT-V6 or M-195 is was pretty much useless as all you could was display the HDMI input, not record it, or use PiP function. Last year products based on Mstar processor such as Zidoo X9 or Tronsmart Pavo M9 do a good job with HDMI input, but for example Kodi support was not ideal, at least at the time of the review.
Rorkchip RK3288 is now a stable platform, and still powerful compared to existing TV box processor launched recently, so it should provide a decent experience combined with HDMI input features shown below.
The first screenshot shows a Windows 10 PC connected to the HDMI input, overlaid by UT3+ overlay window to set recording options including recording path, resolution, video container format, and video length.
The second screen shows the same Windows 10 PC video input in a picture frame within Android. The picture frame can be resized, and moved around the display as you please. This seems basic, but it’s not a given in many PiP systems which only support fixed size, four positions (in 4 corners), and full screen.
Ugoos UT3+ also benefits from recent improvement ported to other Ugoos TV boxes such as root enable/disable, NAS function (SAMBA), hardware monitor, gamepad settings, and Fireasy remote control app for smartphones. Please note that just like Ugoos UT3s, UT3+ comes with a fan, but you can adjust its behavior. The company has already release the firmware, which should also work on the older Ugoos UT3 minus the HDMI input function.
While the product has been launched, there’s no purchase link yet, but people interested in the device can purchase a sample directly through Ugoos, for $95.
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.