Amlogic S905X3-B SoC Powers Android 9.0 TV Boxes with Dolby Audio License

Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor has been found in various TV boxes and single board computers such as ODROID-C4 for about a year.  But I’ve just been informed some new TV models come with Amlogic S905X3-B processor adding a Dolby Audio license.

AX95 DB is one of those with the S905X3-B Android 9.0 TV box equipped with 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, HDMI 2.1 output up to 4Kp60, as well as Fast Ethernet, and USB 3.0/2.0 ports.

AX95 DB specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X3-B quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ 2.0 GHz with Arm Mali-G31MP2 GPU, Dolby audio license
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3
  • Storage – 64GB flash (32GB or 128GB optional), MicroSD card slt up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output
    • HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 60Hz or 8K @ 24Hz
    • 3.5mm AV jack for composite video and stereo audio
    • Optical S/PDIF with Dobly Digital audio support
  • Video Playback
    • 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K @ 60fps, AVS2-P2 up to 4K @ 60fps,  H.264/AVC  up to 4K @ 30fps,  H.264 MVC up to 1080p60,  MPEG-4 ASP up to 1080p60 (ISO-14496), etc..
    • HDR – Dolby Vision optional, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, and Technicolor PRIME HDR processing
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 2T2T up to 867 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Dual IR receiver, power LED, network LED, power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 13 x 13 x 4.5 cm
  • Weight – 160 grams

The device ships with a 5V power adapter, an IR remote control, an HDMI cable, and a user manual. AX95 DB TV box is said to support Google app for Android TV, YouTube 4K, Disney+, and BDMV Blu-ray video playback. An unusual hardware feature is the presence of two IR receivers placed side-by-side, and I have no idea why that is. I’ve only seen this configuration in the past with one receiver and one transmitter (IR blaster).

Some apps like Kodi can support Dolby Digital audio without any license, but some other apps will only output silence or stereo audio (if available) while playing videos with Dolby Digital audio. Any app should be able to playback DD audio in a TV box with an Amlogic S905X3-B processor with a proper Dolby license. The company promotes the device as an 8K TV box, but results may vary on S905X3, and frame rate will be limited to 24fps, so if you intend to get an 8K capable TV box, better wait a few more months with the launch of Amlogic S905X4 TV boxes.

A95X DB is sold on GeekBuying for $49.99 to $69.99 depending on storage configuration (32GB, 64GB or 128GB).

Thanks to Lloyd for the tip.

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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zoobab
5 days ago

Dolby is a software patent troll, that even send threat letters to open source projects.

willy
willy
5 days ago

Well, you know the good old principle: exploit your good ideas and patent the stupid ones so that it’s someone else’s job to try to sell the resulting products.

PhilS
PhilS
3 days ago

I was under the impression that the DD patent had expired a while ago, requiring no licence?

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
5 days ago

Amlogic keeps doing well

” Skyworth, Amlogic launch RDK Video Accelerator STB ”
The more adoption the better.

nobitakun
nobitakun
5 days ago

The HDMI info is not correct. HDMI 2.1 can deliver 4320p60 or 2160p120. Why they would spend more money on using HDMI 2.1 instead of 2.0, if the device does not output that?

Spemer
Spemer
5 days ago

How about BT remote like other AndroidTV boxes?

ricklar
ricklar
4 days ago

Look on boxking.aliexpress.com – several Bluetooth remotes there like the common G10 found with Beelink boxes is being released in a BLE Bluetooth version and so is the G20S remote which is my preferred remote, so no more stinky USB dongles limiting your open ports.

ricklar
ricklar
4 days ago

@jean-luc any word, press release info, tidbits, rumors, on the release of any new devices with the S905X4? Or possibly SBC news with the new generation of Rockchip CPU’s?

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