Zidoo has launched several TV boxes running Android over the years, some of which we reviewed such as Zidoo X9 (2015), or Zidoo H6 Pro. They also have experience launched dual-OS systems with Android and OpenWrt running simultaneously for multimedia and router functions respectively through their Zidoo X9S media center.
The company has now contacted CNX Software to review their latest model. Zidoo M9 is a higher-end Rockchip RK3399 powered Android 7.1 TV box or mini PC, and Zidoo will also sell it as a single board computer for custom projects in the field of robotics, automotive control, artificial intelligence and more.
Zidoo M9 specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core processor with 2x Cortex-A72 cores @ 2.0GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 cores. and a Mali-T860MP4 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL, and Directx11
- System Memory – Dual-channel 4GB DDR (2GB is optional)
- Storage – 32GB eMMC5.1 flash (8GB/16GB/64G/128G are optional), MicroSD card slot
- Video Output & Display I/F – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDCP 1.4/2.2, LVDS, 4-lane eDP 1.3 up to 10.8 Gbps via USB-C port, 4-lane MIPI DSI
- Video Decoding – 4K H265/HEVC 10-bit @ 60fps
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jacks for LINE IN, LINE OUT, and headphone; 1x optical S/PDIF output; footprint for a built-in microphone
- Camera – 2x MIPI-CSI with support for binocular cameras
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 4.1 Classic + LE
- Support for 3G/4G cellular mPCIe cards
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C port
- Serial – RS-232 DB9 port
- 1x mini PCIe slot with SIM card for 3G/4G modem
- 1x M.2 B-Key socket (PCIe x1)
- 42-pin GPIO header with I2S, ADC, I2C, GPIO, SPI/UART, LINE OUT, and SPEAKER signals
- Debugging – 3-pin UART header
- Misc – IR receiver, fan header, VFD display header, power & recovery buttons, 2-pin RTC header
- Power Supply
- 12V DC/2A via power barrel jack
- 4-pin header for PoE/PoE+ module up to 30 Watts
- Dimensions – TBD
The description for the OS support is a bit vague with “Android 7.1 and an SDK for a customizable dual system”.
I imagine it may be like their Realtek RTD129x TV boxes with Android and a Linux OS like OpenWrt, and we asked Zidoo but did not get an answer in time for this article. [Update: The company replied that “Android 7.1+SDK customizable dual system” means a customized system according to customer requirements based on Android.]
The full list of target applications is fairly long with home AV equipment, virtual reality device, 3D camera, intelligent robot, cluster server, IoT equipment, automotive applications, smart HMI, computer/mini PC, and NAS.
Zidoo M9 is not listed for sale yet, but the company is sending, or soon will be, review samples. More details may be found on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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