MX Pro 4K is an Android 7.0 TV Box powered by Allwinner H5 Processor

We’ve already seen Allwinner H5 processor in several development boards such as NanoPi NEO2, Orange Pi Zero Plus, or Libre Computer Tritium 2G among other. But while the processor has been designed for 4K OTT TV boxes, I had not seen any TV box based on the processor so far.

MX Pro 4K, not to be confused by MXQ Pro 4K, changes that, as it features the quad core Cortex A53 processor combined with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and the usual HDMI, Ethernet, USB ports you’d expect from a TV box.

MX Pro 4K specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H5 quad core Cortex A53 processor with hexa-core Mali-450MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash (options: 4GB, 16GB, 32GB), micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K @ 30 Hz, AV port (composite)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV (stereo audio), and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, no Bluetooth
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – LED (red: standby; green: on)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions & Weight – TBD
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The box runs Android 7.0 OS, and ships with a user manual, an IR remote control, a HDMI cable, and a power adapter. The box is sold for $33 or more on sites like Aliexpress or eBay. I’m not sure the TV box brings any advantage over Amlogic S905W boxes for example, but MX Pro 4K could be interesting if you want to leverage Linux support from H5 development boards, with a device that comes with case and power supply. Some efforts would still be needed to make it work though.

Via AndroidPC.es

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As Android TV box not interesting at all (better choose Amlogic as you said) and what would be the potential use cases with Linux? Only Fast Ethernet, then software based on Allwinner BSP where they removed/forgot voltage regulation so most probably H5 with a fixed voltage limiting maximum cpufreq and maybe same applies to DRAM too.

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Hardware-wise, it is not as good as the s905 boxes, yet it cost more.

Frank Septic
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Frank Septic

Once again an article to bring readers attention to a consumer item with outdated technology —

* minimal previous generation memory — 1 GB DDR3
* fast ethernet 100 Mb/s not gigabit
* wifi is 802.11 b/g/n, no ac mode
* only USB 2.0, no USB 3.0
* HDMI 1.4b not 2.0
* only 4K @ 30 Hz not @ 60 Hz

And the subtle closing understatement nails the coffin —

“Some efforts would still be needed to make it work though.”

tkaiser
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Frank Septic :
“Some efforts would still be needed to make it work though.”

You obviously missed that the sentence above was about enthusiasts trying to get Linux running on this thing (which is a useful warning since with the H5 SoC here software support situation is quite different compared to the H3 predecessor).

And you also missed why this device is worth a mention. Since this Allwinner SoC appeared first on a single board computer over a year ago, then a couple other SBC appeared and only now the first device for which the SoC has been designed: a TV box. If you look at the Amlogic competition it’s vice versa: tons of S905X TV boxes but just one single SBC so far.

PhilS
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Seems to be an attempt to compete with the S905W SOC.

Almost certain to fail.

Jerry
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@Frank Septic
RPi has shown that people don’t need better specs. It’s good enough.
RPi 3 has 1GB DDR2, fast ethernet, on-board 802.11n 2,4 GHz wifi, only USB2, HDMI 1.3. Still many are happy.

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I don’t understand, we are into Q1 of 2018, and I still see new boxes with RK3328, 905W, 905c,905L, etc etc,
coming into market, why we are going lower in technology and making cheaper and more cheaper boxes with cheap SOCs, why we cant have a powerful box that does everything and can compete with NVidia’s tegra chip. only few boxes come little close to it like zidoo H6 pro (all winner), vorke z3 (rk3399) ,Cloudnetgo CR19, and rk99 (RK3399). but most of them have either buggy firmware or not good support. Nvidia is still supporting 2015 model as of now.
May be Chinese companies think and come up with making a more powerful boxes for people who wants a premium and powerful device with great PQ, I understand price will be higher for such a device,
but as long as its not pricey or what NVidia is selling for ,and there is support, ppl like me will buy it,
may be its time Chinese companies should start making boxes with S922 SOC, i would love to test those,
right now all these boxes that are coming into market with different names but with exact same hardware.
more like same box in a different packing.

Batko
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@Jerry
RPi has never been about the specs.

theguyuk
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@shawn
It is to do with market share or vertical markets. Also Nvidia is elite because it is a premium product with premium price, in the arm market space.
I have a Advent Tegra note7 tablet which is fast and has good battery life, however it is fast because Nvida used expensive memory.

The race to the bottom price in lower TV box market comes about because volume sales are need to recover costs, and audiophiles, videophiles are not a big enough world market to support all the development costs. They are a segment, vertical market of their own.

Many higher spec boxes launch but fail to gain traction.

Example, you can buy a Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Amlogic S905 3D Blu-ray TV Box 4K 2GB/16GB 2.4G/5G 802.11ac WIFI Gigabit LAN SATA Bluetooth4.0 XBMC H.265 Miracast OTA for £30.00
It has Sata and Blue-ray support, but still has to compete against lower spec boxes. It’s feature do not get it market traction. Conclusion, mass world markets are happy with cheap box’s for IPTV and streaming. That is where several market reports highlight consumer growth word wide. There is a whole world outside of, just looking at the electronics of a device, for the reasons for its manufacture.