MECOOL KP1 smart projector runs Android 11 for TV on Amlogic S805X2 TV Stick

MECOOL KP1 is a Full HD projector equipped with the MECOOL KD5 HDMI dongle powered by an Amlogic S805X2 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB flash and running Android 11 for TV.

Most Android projectors are equipped with a low-end processor accompanied by an outdated version of Android, and while the Amlogic S805X2 SoC found in the KP1 is not a workhorse, Android 11 for TV OS should make it useable for a few more years, and it might even be possible to upgrade the TV stick down the road.

MECOOL KP1 Android 11 for TV projector

MECOOL KP1 specfications:

  • TV Stick – MECOOL KD5 with
    • SoC – Amlogic S805X2 quad-core Arm Cortex-A35 processor with Arm Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, 1080p60 10-bit AV1, H.265, VP9 P-2, H.264, AVS2, MPEG4/2/1 video decoder
    • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR4
    • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
    • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port
    • Connectivity – Dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
    • OS – Android TV on Android 11
  • LCD Projector
    • Native Resolution  – 1920×1080
    • Luminance – 700 ANSI Lumens
    • Light Source Brightness – 14000~15000lux
    • Contrast Ratio – 10000:1
    • LED Life – > 30,000 hours
    • Projection Parameters
      • Throw Ratio – 1.3
      • Focus Mode – Manual Focus
      • Keystone Correction – Vertical (Auto ±50°), Horizontal (±50°), Rotation (±50°)
      • Projection Mode – Front/Rear/Front Ceiling/Rear Ceiling
      • Projection Size – 45-inch to 240-inch
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot
  • Video Inputs
    • 3x HDMI inputs, including one used by MECOOL KD5
    • AV port
  • Audio
    • 3.5mm audio jack for speakers or headphones
    • 5W speaker
  • Misc – 2x IR receivers, buttons at the top for power, volume, menu control, etc…
  • Power Supply – AC100~240V
  • Dimensions – 234 x 211 x 87.5mm
  • Weight  – 2.3kg

Amlogic S805X2 TV Stick-project IR & Bluetooth remote control

The MECOOL KP1 projector ships with a MECOOL KD5 TV stick and its IR & Bluetooth remote control, HDMI and AV cables, a power cable, and a quick start guide. You can see the TV stick at the bottom right of the photo above, as it’s handling Bluetooth connectivity from the remote control, while the projector comes with two IR receivers one at the front and the other at the back.

The MECOOL KD5 TV stick is Netflix and Google certified, so you’ll benefit from that with the projector too, and while the processor is not that powerful it still supports 1080p60 AV1 video decoding and HDR10+.

MECOOL KP1 HDMI input USB audioI’m still using Rikomagic RKM R1 mini Projector (RK3128 + Android 4.4) from time to time, mostly for the projector function, and I should get a MECOOL KP1 sample, so it would be an interesting comparison.

MECOOL KP1 projector is sold for $349 on MECOOL website, and shipping should start in about 5 days.

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Theguyuk
Theguyuk
5 months ago

Chigz on YouTube did a MECOOL KD5 TV Stick Review, he said it is OK for streaming and the memory limited for anything more.
Good how the stick might allow you future update the Projector.

Jack
Jack
5 months ago

I dont understand, this is a projector + a sbc ? why ?

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

You have the S805X2 described as Cortex-A35 and A53 in the article.

Upgrade pi-top [3]
Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

ZTE’s just announced a new HDMI TV stick – B866V5W11 – with USB-C power port but apart from stating that it’s quad core Amlogic Cortex-A35 based, they don’t actually state which CPU specifically is used, nor whether it has eMMC, μSD, USB, RJ45 or 3.5mm AV ports… Would be really neat to see someone put together a DDR2-SODIMM compute module carrier board TV stick with the SOM connector on one side of the board and all IO on the other side – potentially including M2 for SSD expansion. Then it becomes a really portable, upgradable (via socketable SOM) stick PC.… Read more »

Upgrade pi-top [3]
Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

It also doesn’t state how much RAM is on board

Upgrade pi-top [3]
Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

Also, anyone know if Amlogic A311D(2)-based TV/PC sticks exist?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Amazon Fire TV Cube 2022 has A311D2, named POP1-G. Not a stick but close.

Upgrade pi-top [3]
Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

Thanks for the tip! Pity it’s only 2Gb RAM, a cube and Amazon lol. Also having just watched ETA Prime’s review of it, it seems to have some teething issues.
Figured the A311D2 might be quite good for a TV/PC stick as IIRC its performance is somewhere between Rockchip’s RK3399 and RK3588 but with a TDP of 5W, whilst being able to support more RAM than 4Gb

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, I watched the ETA Prime review and posted it in the Cube 2022 thread. It’s a weird device with interesting strengths and flaws. It adds HDMI-in, 100 Mbps Ethernet which was one complaint. RAM is obviously low which could actually make a difference. OS/software issues, 32-bit, and performance issues as noted by ETA Prime. I still see Kodi just freeze on the Fire TV 4K Max after being open for several days, which I guess is not due to low RAM, but some Fire OS trashiness. I wonder if Amazon will make an 8K stick in the future, with… Read more »

Upgrade pi-top [3]
Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

Frankly, I’m surprised Amazon shipped this Cube with the teething issues it has; it’s not like they don’t have the money to put their products through the sort of pre-launch testing that would easily have picked these up. Have you considered flashing a different OS to your Fire TV 4K Max Stick (if possible)? “…we may see more TVs running Fire OS directly and less sticks/cubes…” – why’s that? I feel like I’ve missed something here. Fair enough, in that case there are already some quite capable Intel-based stick PCs. How long do you think it might be before you… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

“…we may see more TVs running Fire OS directly and less sticks/cubes…” – why’s that? I feel like I’ve missed something here. a) All new TVs are smart anyway b) Google is being pushed by regulators to open up Android somewhat, see: Amazon says fear of Google putting off vendors from TV hardware partnership Google and Amazon reach an agreement to let Fire TV OS thrive c) More TVs will start to ship with Amazon Fire OS preinstalled I use the 4K Max as a complement to a LibreELEC Pi4 box. Branding like “i3” is not so important anymore. Point… Read more »

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Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

I had no idea about (b) so yeah I had missed something! And then (c) makes sense… Nice. How does that work for you in terms of switching between – just select a different HDMI input on the TV? I’m basically looking for something that can be a Libre/CoreELEC box with Kodi but also dual boot with a general purpose GNU/Linux distro, thus being just one box and I’d really like that one box to be a TV/PC stick. True, true – which if you’re into Intel is clearly more attractive. So you don’t think there’s much chance of Lenovo… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t have them hooked up at the same time. I switched to the 4K Max because I was having some problems in Kodi and wanted to try a clean v19 install, and I hooked the Pi back up recently to use a USB port for downloaded video. I will be reevaluating the setup in the future but as long as it kinda works I don’t care for now. The x86 sticks seem to have old SoCs, like Cherry Trail, maybe a J4125 at the latest. And they can be so large you might as well go to a box,… Read more »

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Upgrade pi-top [3]
1 month ago

Ah right but I suppose it would be trivial to switch between them (both being connected at the same time) if you wanted to? In terms of storage, that’s one of the neat things about sticks like the X96S or MeLe: they have USB and μSD slots for expansion, unlike the Fire Sticks (IIUC). Sure, most Intel-based TV/PC sticks are larger than, say, the X96S or Asus’ Chromebit but it must be possible by now to reduce the size of Intel-based ones to something like those – unless the larger spacing and greater amount of metal casing are needed for… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
29 days ago

Yes, I was being lazy and not disconnecting other stuff. The part about the i3-N305’s PCIe lanes is unfilled. It’s an unreleased, unannounced processor so the info is just not available yet. I don’t even know if the Q4 2022 release date listed is going to be accurate; they could launch around CES or even later for all I know. There is nothing stopping Intel from putting out a 5W TDP part, they have done 6W and under for years (Cherry Trail was 2W), and you can configure the TDP down. Pentium Silver N6000 is 6W with an “SDP” of… Read more »

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1 month ago

https://n-o-d-e.net/dongle_hdmi2.html

This could be a decent option for the Radxa Zero (2)

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