Amlogic S905X4 TV boxes such as Mecool KM6 have already been available for a few months with the main selling being support for 4K AV1 video hardware decoding.
But if you’d like to watch AV1 YouTube or Netflix videos, and also get free-to-air channels using older codecs, Mecool KT1 adds a DVB-T2 TV tuner that works in the EMEA region, some Asian countries, Oceania, and a few other countries that adopted the standard.
Mecool KT1 specifications:
- SoC – Amlogic S905X4 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with Arm Mali-G31MP2 supporting OpenGL ES3.2, Vulkan 1.1, and OpenCL 2.0
- System Memory – 2 GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, MicroSD/SDXC card socket
- Video & Audio Output
- HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 60Hz with CEC, HDCP2.2, HDR
- AV output with composite video and analog stereo audio
- Video Playback
- AV1 up to 4K @ 60 fps
- H.265 HEVC MP-10 up to 4K @ 60fps
- VP9 up to 4K @ 60fps
- AVS2-P2 up to 4K @ 60fps
- H.264 AVC up to 4K @ 30fps
- MPEG1/2/4 ASP, WMV/VC-1, RealVideo8/9/10,
- HDR – HDR 10, HLG, PRIME HDR, TCH PRIME, options HDR10+, optional Dolby Vision
- Network Connectivity
- 10/100M Ethernet
- Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
- Tuner – DVB-T/T2 tuner with RF antenna connector
- Misc – Power button; Power, IR & Network LEDs; IR receiver
- Power Supply – 5V/2A via DC jack
The TV box runs Android 10 for Android TV (i.e. it’s a certified Android TV media player) with Google Play Store, Google Assistant, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, built-in Chromecast support, etc… The device ships with an IR and Bluetooth voice remote control, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a user manual. Mecool KT1 is basically the same as Mecool KM6 Classic Edition, except for the DVB-T2 tuner and a different enclosure.
The box seems to come with a more polished version of the DTV app found in the Mecool KIII Pro Hybrid STB with support for channel scanning, electronic program guide (EPG), favorites, personal video recorder (PVR), etc…
Mecool KT1 is sold for $79.99 with free shipping on Aliexpress. That is if you order from Thailand because if I change the country to the US, the price increases to $86.99 also with “free shipping”
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.