MINIX Unveils NEO T5 & NEO U22-XJ Amlogic S905X2 / S922XJ Android TV Media Hubs

We’ve already seen MINIX showcased a fanless Gemini Lake mini PC at IFA 2019, but the company also had two upcoming Amlogic TV boxes on display at the event. MINIX NEO T5 features Amlogic S905X2 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, while MINIX NEO U22-XJ TV box is powered by an Amlogic S922XJ hexa-core Cortex-A73/A53 processor. The former runs Android TV 9.0 with Google certification, while the latter comes pre-loaded with Android 9.0 OS.

I had never heard about S922XJ, and apparently, Amlogic has yet to formally announce it, so I wonder whether it could be Amlogic S922X-B tipped by Khadas a while ago with higher CPU & GPU clock speeds. The processor will also come with Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio licenses, and Amlogic has a history of giving different processor names depending on the audio licenses.

MINIX NEO T5

MINIX NEO T5

Specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X2 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor with Arm Mali-G31 MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage –  16GB eMMC 5.1 flash, microSD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.1 output up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR support
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, optical S/PDIF, HDMI digital audio
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi 5 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port

MINIX NEO T5 is the very first official Android TV media hub by the company. Pre-sales will start in about two weeks, and the box will become available in early October for around 85 Euros in Europe.

[Update September 25: You can now buy MINIX NEO T5 for $84.90 on Aliexpress]

MINIX NEO U22-XJ

 

MINIX NEO U22-XJSpecifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S922XJ hexa-core processor with four Arm Cortex-A73 cores, two Arm Cortex-A53 cores, Arm Mali-G52MP GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR4
  • Storage –  32GB eMMC 5.1 flash, microSD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.1 output up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR support
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio input and output jacks, optical S/PDIF, HDMI digital audio
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi 5 2×2 MIMO with external WiFi antenna, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB-C OTG port for data transfer only
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 5V DC via power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – Same form factor as MINIX NEO-U9H and NEO U1

 

Amlogic S922XJ TV BoxMINIX NEO U22-XJ TV box will be released in November for 170 Euros. Since it’s running Android 9.0 instead of Android TV 9.0 it features the latest version of MINIX launcher instead of Android TV launcher.

I got al information above from a post in Notebook Italia, and they also posted a video giving an overview of the upcoming Android / Android TV media hubs.

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obarthelemy
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Great news, Minix is usually better quality than other 3rd-tier OEMs.
If only they could launch w/ Android 10 so we could get ¨Project Mainstream” on it (an update to 10 won’t retrofit that, apparently).

51333
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“Project Mainline” maybe ?

Android 10 isn’t finalized yet on Android TV.

Also I’m pretty sure this T5 isn’t their design but one from SDMC, check the DV8235 or DV8535, exact same box.

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So much quality to cost 170e a simple ARM box? sorry but it’s nonsense. I bought a complete computer with Intel J4105, 4GB DDR4 + 250GB SSD for 180e all together a few weeks ago, so this Minix is a nono.

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Xtract

Where did you find that?

Phh
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Project Treble/Project Mainline is already working since some time. I have P working on some amlogic and allwinner boxes running Oreo vendor. I haven’t tried Q yet.

Also the real Project Mainline is not available anywhere yet (perhaps on Pixels?), and I don’t expect any device (be it smartphone or TV Box) with it in Q

rubin kim
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rubin kim

Ho hum…..

trumpet205
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trumpet205

Sam over at OSMC talked about how J variant chip has Dolby Vision enabled. So maybe we will actually see a DV capable Android media player?

https://discourse.osmc.tv/t/will-there-be-a-s922x-based-vero-8k/81313/10

theguyuk
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Dolby vision and sound is mentioned in the YouTube video as well as December launch.

theguyuk
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Also as Amlogic is one of the certified SoC suppliers for Android TV hybrid STB designs aimed at operators, also claimed to give 30% total cost of ownership savings over a average Linux device. As Google said ” Android TV now offers access to more than 1,000 streaming content providers and houses more than 5,000 apps through the Google Play store. The platform is also working to build in more monetization opportunities for partners including targeted advertising and dynamic ad insertion, made possible through a team up with Google Ad Manager. ”

So more adverts 🙁

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Jackoff

Minix -> overpriced as usual..