VideoStrong Introduces Low Cost Version of KI Plus T2 S2 Hybrid Android TV Box with Amlogic S805X Processor

VideoStrong K1 Plus T2/S2 is an Android 5.1 set-top-box with DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/T2 tuner that was launched roughly two years ago with Amlogic S905 quad core processor. Since then, the company has now launched variant of the model with Amlogic S912 (e.g. KIII Pro hybrid TV box)  or Amlogic S905D (e.g. KI Pro set-top box) processors.

But now, provided the information on Alibaba is correct, the company has launched a new version of KI Plus T2/S2 with Amlogic S805X which should be cheaper, run a more recent Android 7.1 operating system, at the cost of losing support for 4K decoding, since the processor only support Full HD (1080p60) decoding at most.

Since the company updated an existing product, some specific details are wrong on Alibaba, but KI Plus T2 S2 (2018) specifications should be as follows:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S805X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.2 GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (4G, 16GB or 32GB optional) + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0b up to 1080p @ 60Hz with with CEC & HDR support, and 3.5mm AV jack
  • Audio – HDMI, AV (stereo), optical S/PDIF
  • Video Codecs – 10-bit H.265, VP9, and H.264 up to 1080p60
  • Tuner – Combo DVB-T/T2/C and DVB-S/S2 with two antenna connectors
  • Connectivity – Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (No Bluetooth)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  DC 12V/1.5A
  • Dimensions – 130 x 120 x 32 mm
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Back in 2016, the firmware would only support DVB-T/T2 or DVB-S/S2, but AFAIK, the company has updated the firmware in all there models to also support DVB-C (cable TV).

The new K1 Plus S805X TV box appears to only be offered to distributors for now, and information about the retail price is not available. For reference, the FOB price listed on Alibaba is $28 to $40 per unit (depending on quantity).

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George Saden
George Saden
2 years ago

“at the cost of losing support for 4K decoding”

Decoding? Surely you mean 4k output?

And it is lower case “k”, not upper case “k”, becase upper case “K” means kelvins, the unit of thermodynamic temperature, and a temperature of 4 K is exceptionally cold.

Athar
Athar
2 years ago

Very interesting….the hybrid approach, coming down to $35 with a S905X 1/8GB Android Box about $25 ! The 4K feature on such cheap boxes was overkill.

Faintly remember your earlier details with some concerns about streaming, hopefully fixed.

Question: Do you know if the DVB ports can be made both T2/C or both S2? Might just be a FW change with “programmable” tuners.

Also, could you run two instances of the media player (which one?) on top of Android to stream to two different TVs (one HDMI, the other CVBS), with a second remote control set to the second instance.

Athar
Athar
2 years ago

Thanks for replying. I however don’t see a difference between S905X and D from your own chart, but there must be !

https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/09/20/amlogic-s805x-low-cost-tv-boxes/

Maybe a typo above? Why would D support multi-channels but not X?
Should be same firmware?

You can google YouTube to find demos of multiple Kodi versions running on same PC, so outputting them on two different (HDMI, CVBS) interfaces should be the next step. And Android should do this, too. E.g.,

https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=4s&v=hlurSBDx70U

Athar
Athar
2 years ago

IIRC, each tuner in DVB S2 or T2 STBs tunes in to a single multiplex/ transponder, each of which carries multiple (6-8) digital TV channels. For DVB C/C2, the entire channels multiplex is received by the STB tuner. The usual multiplex format is TS, according to DVB specs.

In principle then, given resources, you could demodulate all these available channels at once (instead of just one channel via one remote control), and then also display all of them (with one remote for each respective channel), each over its own HDMI, CVBS, or wireless to DLNA interface.

Athar
Athar
2 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) This all is revealing… 1. So you are saying that streaming TS from TVheadend server software to Kodi with TVH client will not work with S905X Android Box? Or is the lack of TS support limited to DVB tuners/other hardware tuners in the hybrid Android Box; while software tuning is upto the software itself? I always thought TS streaming was a software function (eg media server to player support) as long as the hardware supported general video processing. 2. Your example says two HDMI support. How about one HDMI and one CVBS same time streaming support, with… Read more »

Athar
Athar
2 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Thanks for the informative discussion. You are right that multi-streaming is not really in demand, but it is about the hacker ethic. Btw, TVH certainly does not run on Android. But I was talking about a TVH server (on Linux, say) streaming TS traffic to a Kodi frontend running on PC, Android, MAC, Linux, which will need the TVH plug-in. The individual channels in the TS stream can then be played in Kodi. Kodi also supports DLNA/UPnP so Kodi itself can also be used as a bare bones server to stream its local content to other media… Read more »

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