Zidoo X20 High-End 4K Media Player Launched for $486 and Up

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Unveiled last January, Zidoo X20 Pro is a high-end Android + Linux (OpenWrt) media player powered by Realtek RTD1296 media processor, and equipped with three HDMI ports, two SATA bays, ES9038 professional DAC, and more.

The only thing is that it was not available just yet, but Zidoo X20 Pro, or more exactly its little brother Zidoo X20, has now started to show up on Aliexpress and Futeko for $486 and up.

Zidoo X20Zidoo X20 specifications:

  • SoC – Realtek RTD1296 quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-T820 MP3 GPU

    Zidoo X20 Remote Control
    Bluetooth Remote – Click to Enlarge

  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR4
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash, 2x SATA 3.0 bays for 2.5 or 3.5″ drives
  • Video
    • 1x HDMI 2.0a output up to 4K @ 60 Hz
    • 1x HDMI 1.4 output up to 4K @ 30 Hz
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 input supporting PiP, stream recording, and UDP broadcasting
    • 1x RCA composite output
    • Decode – HDR10, 10-bit HEVC / H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, VP9 up to 4K @ 60 fps, H.264 up to 4K @ 24 fps, automatic frame rate switching (23.976 and 29.94 fps supported)
    • Full BD menu function
  • Audio
    • 7.1-ch HD audio pass-through via HDMI
    • optical and coaxial S/PDIF
    • RCA stereo audio ports
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO WiFi up to 867 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB type C port
  • Misc – RS232 port, IR input port, IR output (blaster) port, front panel display, power switch
  • Power Supply – Built-in, 100-240VAC 1.3A 50/60 Hz input
  • Dimensions – 430MM standard cabinet size, all aluminum alloy chassis
  • Weight – TBD
Zidoo X20 Rear Panel Ports
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The device ships with a Bluetooth remote control with backlit keys, a power cord, a HDMI cable, the two WiFi antennas, and a user manual.

The main differences with the Zidoo X20 Pro model are that the latter is equipped with 4GB RAM, 32GB flash, an ESS Technology ES9038 DAC (not sure ES9038PRO or ES9038Q2M), and XLR balanced audio outputs. Price for the Pro model should be around $600.

Both model run Android 6.0 and OpenWrt simultaneously in order to provide media and NAS capabilities, as you can find out in my review of Zidoo X9S TV box based on Realtek RTD1295 processor. The new firmware also adds support for the company’s Poster Wall 2.0 app displaying video posters and information for a neater way to browser your media library. More details may be found on the product page.

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Looked great until I saw the OS…
Why is it all these kind of things are two generations behind on the OS side? For that kind of price, I expected more.

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I have been reading the chatter for several months on a audio, visual site. Even at this price people comment of firmware bugs in the proceeding range. Better letting others be the an rats, imho.