There are plenty of Amlogic TV boxes around, but unless you buy from the big players, most devices won’t support Netflix FullHD/4K because certification is hard to get for smaller companies.
The Hailstorm device scaling program launched in 2018 aimed to make the process easier on Amlogic and Hisilicon processors, and HiMedia S1 TV dongle was one of the first to get approved. But now MECOOL KM2 joins the rank of Netflix 4K certified devices. The TV box is powered by an Amlogic S905X2-B processor running Android TV 10, also known as Android TV on Android 10.
- SoC – Amlogic S905X2-B quad-core Cortex-A53 processor
- System Memory – 2GB DDR4
- Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash, MicroSD card slot
- Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4Kp60 with HDCP 2.3, HDMI-CEC support
- Codecs – H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, VP8 & VP9
- HDR – HDR10+, HDR & HLG
- DRM – Widevine L1, Playready 3000
- Optical S/PDIF, digital audio via HDMI;
- Codec – AAC & HE-AAC; Dolby Digital & Dolby Digital Plus & MS12; Dolby Atmos Passthrough
- Networking – Ethernet, Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 2R2T & Bluetooth 4.2/5.0 via Realtek RTL8822CS
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type A port, 1x USB 2.0 Type A port
- Misc- Power button
- Power Supply – 12V/1A via DC jack
- Dimensions – TBD
- Google ATV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
- MS12 including DD & DD+/HDMI 2.1 (with CEC)/HDCP 2.3, CE/FCC, RoHs, PoPs, REACH
Besides Netflix 4K, the TV box supports Chromecast, Google Assistant, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube 4K, and firmware can be upgraded through OTA or USB firmware upgrade. MECOOL also says that Disney+ and other apps can be installed “during FTI via PAI”. When asked what that means I was told “apps could be suggested to be selected to install recording to user location” together with the screenshot below.
Commenters suggested FTI means “First Time Install”, while PAI likely refers to (Google) “Play apps installation”.
The TV box will ship with a Bluetooth & Infrared remote control coming with Netflix & Amazon buttons. Pre-orders have just opened on Aliexpress for $62.99, and using coupon GH7NHUDRFF69 may shave $5 off the price.
[Udpated: Initially published on March 9, 2021, the post was updated on April 6, 2021, as pre-orders have opened]
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.