NEXBOX A1 Amlogic S912 Android TV Box Presells for $71

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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.

NEXBOX_A1NEXBOX A1 specifications:

  • 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.

NEXBOX_A1_PortsConsidering 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.

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Michal Lazo

I did some benchmarks on Odroid C2 vs Odroid XU4 so 2GHz Cortex A53(quad core) vs 2GHz Cortex A15(quad core)
and specificly with video encoding x264( open source H.264 encoder) 32bit and64bit version.
And Cortex A53 is like 0,6-0,7 of Cortex A15

Cortex A15 has more complex/better pipeline

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Michal Lazo

@cnxsoft
1.output video quality
I would like to move to ARM device for energy and cost per encoder. Intel is really expensive nowdays.

It is really bad that Odroid don’t release device for every exynos SOC 🙂
And 96boards don’t have ethernet and mostly slow 1,2GHz SOC 🙁

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I hope these don’t have wireless card adapter problems or buggy Android software! What if these started a revolution in boxes that for the first time didn’t have any problems? Every other box has had problems, will this be the first out of thousands to not have problems? If not this one, what if it is time for a box to come along and work perfectly without tweaking for years. Plus, what if all the boxes were built the same and you wouldn’t run the risk of getting a dud or clone? Are we ready for the future?

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Sept 17?
No rush is right…

I just ordered an A95X a couple days ago…so I’d be kicking myself if this was shipping already…LOL.

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Rodrigo

i would rather wait some better known producer of android tv box to release their device as most of this early to market devices are full of HW and sw bugs

j4c0b
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j4c0b

it’s over 85$ on GB now.

j4c0b
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j4c0b

You’re right, with coupon it’s $70.99:)

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RZA

Have any of you guys heard of a 3rd gen Amazon Fire tv box, or a 2nd gen NVIDIA Shield coming out anytime this year? Both of the current devices now came out in 2015.

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j4c0b

Hi guys,
there’s nice presale promo on banggod for the very similiar box 49,99$
http://www.banggood.com/NEXBOX-A3-Amlogic-S912-2GB-RAM-16GB-ROM-TV-BOX-p-1079100.html
There is one difference the box shape. other specifications are similar.

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Nick C

Received this today. Nothing on screen when plugged in, with multiple cables, on all inputs into working outlets. Remote doesn’t do anything. What am I doing wrong?

Theguyuk
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Theguyuk

Have you seen baylibre blog where they connect the serial console, dated Jan 21st 2017

Nexbox A1 serial console http://baylibre.com/nexbox-a1-serial-console/

Hope it helps