Tanix TX3 Mini TV Box is Powered by Amlogic S905W SoC

So it looks like Amlogic has outed another SoC with Amlogic S905W processor that appears to be a cost down version of Amlogic S905X limited to 4K @ 30 fps video decoding. One of the first device to used the new processor is Tanix TX3 mini TV box that should be priced similarly to Rockchip RK3229 devices.

Tanix TX3 mini specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905W quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB/2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 output, AV port (composite)
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV port (stereo audio)
  • Video Codecs – 4K@30fps H.265, MPEG1/2/4, H.264, HD AVC/VC-1, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6 , RealVideo8/9/10
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, front panel LCD display
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 105 x 105 x 15mm
  • Weight – 150g

VP9 codec support also appears to be gone. The devices runs Android 7.1 with Kodi 17.3, and ships with a power adapter, a HDMI cable, an IR remote control, and a user’s manual. It’s interesting that they’ve allegedly kept HDMI 2.0 since video decoding is limited to 4K @ 30 fps.

We don’t have pricing info, but since it’s supposed to compete against Rockchip RK3229, prices should be similar to the ones for Tanix R2 TV box that is around $28 with 1GB RAM/16GB flash, and $30 in 2GB/16GB configuration based on the prices listed in GearBest. More details may be found in the manufacturer’s product page.

[Update: Tanix TX3 mini is listed on Aliexpress, but at prices that are not very competitive
Update 2: It’s also on GeekBuying for $31.99 with PYNNHDAH coupon]

Via AndroidTVBox.eu

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6 years ago

I wonder how much are these SOC’s compared to S905X? Allwinner touted their SOC’s cost $5 or less…

6 years ago

AIDA64 says the max CPU-freq is capped at 1.2 GHz and the box still runs rather hot. Wonder if it could/should be unlocked?

So apart from the lack of VP9 support, the SoC runs slightly slower. Still, definitely a bargain for that preorder price.

Dave B
Dave B
6 years ago

Can anyone provide a link to kernel source 3.14.29 (that compiles) for S905W devices, using the .config from zImage ?

Dave B
Dave B
6 years ago

To answer my own question, source in http://openlinux.amlogic.com:8000/download/ARM/filesystem/Linux_BSP/buildroot_openlinux_kernel_3.14_wayland_20170630.tar.gz produces binary, don’t know if it executes yet!

Dave B
Dave B
6 years ago

Although this code builds and the kernel modules will load, the zImage won’t boot so the request still stands! The kernel at github.com/adamg88/linux-amlogic won’t execute either and I can’t find any application notes on amlogic.com for (this) p281 board.

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