NEXBOX A1 was one of the first announcements of an Android TV box powered by Amlogic S912 SoC, but there weren’t many details at the time. Since then several other boxes has been announced, but few have prices, and GearBest now informed me that they were taking pre-orders for NEXBOX A1 for $70.99 including shipping with coupon GBNA1.
- SoC – Amlogic S912 octo-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 2.0GHz with ARM Mali-820MP3 @ up to 750MHz
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash and SD slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 and AV ports
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – IR receiver, power button
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions- 9.3 x 9.3 x 1.5 cm
- Weight – 190 grams
So the specifications don’t differ much from the competition. NEXBOX A1 also runs Android 6.0, and ships with the usual accessories, namely an IR remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and an English manual.
Considering Amlogic S912 processor competes with Rockchip RK3368 octa-core processor, but with both a better GPU, and video codec support, S912 TV box prices will likely converge towards RK3368 ones with similar specs, possibly selling for a few dollars more. Beelink i68 was the first Rockchip RK3368 TV box I reviewed, and like most S912 TV boxes, now comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Gigabit Ethernet, and dual band WiFi. So it’s a good comparison base, and it happens to sell for $66 on both GearBest and Banggood, so around $70 should be a fair price to pay for an Amlogic S912 TV box with equivalent memory and networking features.
However unless you want to make sure you’ll be one of the first to receive the device, there’s no rush to buy right now, since shipping is scheduled for September 17th, 2016.