Zidoo X9 was one the first Android TV boxes with HDMI input that supported video recording and PiP, and back in April, the company unveiled a new and more powerful model called Zidoo X9S with many of the same features, but based on Realtek RTD1295 64-bit processor, and with NAS features. GeekBuying has just informed me that they had started to take pre-orders for Zidoo X9S for $149 with shipping scheduled to start on August 31st.
Zidoo X9S specifications have slightly changed since the announcement, and the case has been redesigned:
- SoC – Realtek RTD1295 quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T820 MP3 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC + SATA 3.0 external interface + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
- Video I/O
- HDMI 2.0a output up to [email protected]; supports 23.976 and 29.94 Hz outputs
- HDMI 2.0 input for recording, UDP streaming, and picture-in-picture
- AV output (composite)
- Audio I/O – HDMI out with 7.1 ch pass-through support, HDMI input, AV (stereo audio), 1x S/PDIF output
- Video Playback – HDR, 10-bit HEVC/H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264 up to 4K @ 24 fps, VP9 up to 4K @ 60 fps, BDISO/MKV, etc… automatic frame rate switching
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (RTK8821 module) with two external antennas
- USB – 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – IR receiver, VFD display on front panel, mechanical power switch, restore pin hole for firmware recovery/update, RTC with replaceable battery
- Power Supply – 12V/3A
- Dimensions – 187 x 127 x 27 mm (aluminum alloy enclosure)
The product runs Zidoo OS based on Android 6.0 with ZDMC fork of Kodi 16.1, as well as OpenWrt, and will ship with a remote control, an HDMI cable, a SATA cable, a power adapter, and a user’s manual.
It looks like both Android and OpenWrt runs on the Realtek processor, so I’d assume the latter is running in a VM or a hypervisor is used to run both operating systems at the same time. A few more details, including screenshots of the Android user interface, can be found on Zidoo X9S product page. I have not found the device for sale on other places yet, but Zidoo TV Box/NAS/Recorder should soon be found on other shops too, unless GeekBuying got the exclusivity for the launch.
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.
> Power Supply – 12V/3A
Where is the expected 30W+ max coming from?
I think SATA + USB 3.0. This should comfortably allow for connecting two hard drives. I’ve also noticed Zidoo X9 (their previous model) consumed quite a lot more than other boxes, so maybe the extra hardware features (e.g. HDMI input) also increase power consumption (even when they are not used).
Has anyone seen the specification for the Realtek RTD1295 clock speed ?
Would like to know if I can use this box as a wifi extender? Apologies for my stupid question.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Seems a rarity to find 802.11ac + USB3 + Gigabit in same box, also dual 5dB Antennas, but I also worried by sight of 12V/3A, curious about how it manages to run 2 OS at same time, very interested in how full its OpenWRT features. Also cannot find reviews of the RTD1295 SoC, so when will you be able to review the X9S ?
I’m expecting a sample soon. The full review will take some time as I’ve got a bit too many devices queued for review right now…
Is there any clock speed test for RTD1295?
Realtek doesn’t advertise the CPU freq… Just be patient until somebody gets a sample.
How’s it for $149 at Geekbuying?