$44 A5X Plus Mini TV Box Runs Android 7.1 on Rockchip RK3328 Processor

Rockchip introduced RK3328 processor for TV boxes at CES 2017. The processor is based on a quad core Cortex A53 processor and a Mali-450MP is some other competitors such as Amlogic S9xx series, but what made the processor stand out is that it already supports Android 7.1, and includes a USB 3.0 port. A5X Plus Mini is one of the first TV box based on the processor, and the first “Chinese” TV box I’ve seen running Android 7.x Nougat.

A5X Plus mini specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3328 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash + micro SD card
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR10 and HLG support, 3.5mm AV port with composite video and stereo audio
  • Video Codec – 4K VP9, H.265 and H.264. 1080p VC-1, MPEG-1/2/4, VP6/8
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – IR receiver, power LED
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions & Weight –  TBD (Fits in hand)

The box runs Android 7.1 with Kodi 17.1 pre-installed, and ships with an HDMI cable, a power adapter, an IR remote control, and a user’s manual in English. Sadly the Fast Ethernet makes the USB 3.0 port advantage pretty much useless, as the bottleneck will be the network.

Since it’s a new processor with a new Android SDK, I’d expect a few issues at least in the first months. If you are interested in the device, you can purchase it for $44 including shipping on Aliexpress.

Via AndroidPC.es

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21 Replies to “$44 A5X Plus Mini TV Box Runs Android 7.1 on Rockchip RK3328 Processor”

  1. Any support for ATSC tuner?

    Very few of these boxes have any support for “free-to-air” channels. Geniatech advertises ATV1960 here but it is just vaporware.

  2. @Theguyuk

    Yes and eliminate those that are no longer being sold, have questionable stability or are seriously out of date (Android 4 ???) and you’re left with — almost nothing.

  3. The main attraction of a USB3 port for me is the higher power capability, so I could run an external hard drive. This box only comes with a 2A power supply, does it say anything about the power through the USB3 port?

  4. I wonder which part of Planet Shenzhen is responsible for this box. The remote looks Beelinkish 🙂

    Also, it’s kind of funny/sad a box sporting USB3 is limited to just Fast Ethernet.

  5. @GanjaBear
    On AliExpress the USB is described as “High speed USB 3.0,1 USB 2.0”. I take that to mean “not SuperSpeed”. So it’s all a bit underwhelming really.

  6. @RobBrownNZ
    Indeed, they also neither follow the recommended blue color-coding for the receptacle nor use the appropriate SuperSpeed logo anywhere so at least based on advertised ‘features’ no one can complain later dealing with 2 Hi-Speed only USB receptacles (though if they call one USB3 then this one should be able to provide up to 900mA for connected peripherals but you did the math already yourself — when connected peripherals might draw already up to 1400mA then a 2A rated PSU is maybe not the greatest idea)

    From this perspective saving the $1 for an external GbE PHY (RTL8211) could be a win since saving another 80mA potential consumption 😉

  7. @Blue
    It’s probably a custom version of Kodi installed as a system app, so you can’t uninstall it.
    You should be able to install Kodi 17.3 separately from Google Play however. Bear in mind that it may not work that well on Rockchip boxes right now.

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