X96 Mini Amlogic S905W Android TV Box Sells for $25 and Up

Last week, we discovered Amlogic S905W processor through Tanix TX3 Mini TV box, with the processor maxing out at 4K @ 30 Hz in order to provide cost-competitive solutions, for example against Rockchip RK3229 TV boxes. However, at the time, the price was not that attractive. Prices have come down quickly, as Tanix TX3 Mini can be purchased for about $29 with 1GB RAM /16GB flash, and $32 with 2GB RAM/ 16 GB flash using coupon PYNNHDAH. X96 Mini is an even cheaper option as the Amlogic S905W is sold for as low as $24.99 shipped on Banggood.

X96 mini TV box specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905W quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 1 or 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 or 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a output with HDR, AV port (composite + stereo audio)
  • Video Codecs – [email protected] H.265 [email protected], [email protected] VP9 Profile-2, 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 (No Bluetooth)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports: 1x host, 1x device (OTG?)
  • Misc – IR receiver, IR expansion port
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 82 x 82 x 17mm

 

X96 Mini can be cheaper than Tanix TX3 because it comes with less internal storage (8GB vs 16GB), they’ve done without optical S/PDIF audio output, and the device is smaller. The box runs Android 7.1.2, and ships with an HDMI cable, a remote control, an IR remote control, a power adapter, user’s manual, and just like the older X96 TV box,  some mounting kit with “magic tape” in order to hook the device behind the TV. A photo of the board has also been provided, sop we can look a more details about the design:

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  1. The IR port is marked IR/COAX, so I suspect it can also be used as a coaxial S/PDIF output port
  2. An 8GB Samsung KLM8G1GEME-B041 eMMC 5.1 flash is used which means they’ve used the best 8GB Samsung flash available with 185/40 MB/s sequential R/W speed, and 5.2K/2.5K R/W IOPS, meaning performance should be decent at all times. The 16GB should be even faster, if they’ve used the same eMMC 5.1 family.
  3. The WiFi chipset reads something like 5V6051P… I have no idea what brand or model that is…

The 2GB/16GB version of X96 mini is sold for $34.99, that’s about $2 more than the equivalent Tanix TX3 price. You’ll also find both X96 Mini models on Aliexpress.

As a side note, Banggood is organizing a promotion for their 11th Anniversary, and while I have not been able to find any big discount myself, but just around 5% off compared to normal price, you may be luckier.

As a second side note, Amlogic S805X – 4x Cortex A53 limited to 1080p – is also coming, as I learned via Stane1983’s rant about the latest Amlogic Android SDK…

Via AndroidPC.es

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Benny
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Benny

The S905 is not bad but its big brother the S912 is suffering from issues. And cheap Quad A53 SBCs are not that hard to find.

I love to see the Deca Core MediaTek helio X20 / X25 in affordable SBCs. With only one on the market at 200$, that is too expensive.

eM
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eM

We have a winner for the most ugly TV Box award.

fossxplorer
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fossxplorer

@Benny
Issues in Linux too?

Rev. Edmund Barnett J.P
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Rev. Edmund Barnett J.P

I would like to order 4of these boxes,to be posted to me here in Barbados,fedx,orDHL store to door delivery,how possible this can be because most suppliers say they don’t post to Barbados.

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@eM
+1 X-D

Mike Schinkel
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@eM
Seems rather attractive to me. Why the hate?

Jonathan
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Jonathan

How wide is the RAM bus? 16 or 32 bit? Are there more RAMs on the other side?

Stane1983
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I have to mention that Amlogic’s engineer very promptly reacted to my post and started asking more details about my rants… 😀 Amlogic guys are members of LibreELEC Slack team (as I am) where I shared link to post. And day after engineer got in touch with me.

PhilS
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PhilS

The S905W seems like the most pointless SOC unveiled this year.

I expect it to come and go quickly and with very little in the way of independent dev support to improve the expected crappy firmware that has now become a standard for all of these boxes.

Hatem
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Hatem

i have an issue, i want to purchase a bulk of this device from alibaba but the supplier sent me photos from internet all of them are the same, can you help me to find the real manufacturer.

theguyuk
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Patrick
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Patrick

The products you review are sent to you or do you buy them without knowing your going to review them. I’m not questioning your integrity but I’m almost sure these Chinese factories are pulling a “bait and switch” with the quality of the components used in the product. Most specifically the memory.

Ferdinand
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My x96 mini when i plug it it keeps on blinking red, it wont power on pls help me with this problem..