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 4K@60Hz; 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.