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Geniatech ATV495 Max & ATV598 Max TV Boxes Run Android TV OS

September 4th, 2017 7 comments

Most TV boxes coming from Chinese manufacturers are running Android operating systems based on the mobile version, which gives you more flexibility, but for some use cases such as watching online videos, is not as user-friendly as Android TV operating systems that’s developer by Google specifically for a TV experience. However, it looks like there’s a shift now, as I’ve heard several companies are in the process of applying for an Android TV License from Google, and Geniatech is one of the first to unveil two boxes running Android 6.0 TV operating system, that should soon be certified by Google, with ATV495 Max and ATV598 Max. [Update: The company has now removed the link to the press release (see cache), since certification is not complete yet]

Geniatech ATV495 Max

Those models are updated from their ATV495X and ATV598E models running Android 6.0, with apparently the same hardware but upgraded to Android TV OS.

Geniatech ATV495 Max specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.5 GHz with Mali 450MP GPU @ up to 750MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (optional 1GB)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (optional 16GB) + microSD Slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a, 3.5mm AV port (CVBS + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi or 802.11 b/g/ac WiFi module, optional Bluetooth
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Power Supply – 5.0V/2A
  • Dimensions – 82 x 82 x 19 mm
  • Weight – 159g

ATV598 TV Box

Geniatech ATV598 Max has beefier specs and comes with an internal digital TV USB tuner:

  • SoC  – Amlogic S912 octa core ARM Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz
  • System Memory – 3GB DDR4
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash (Optional 8GB) + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a + 3.5mm AV port (composite + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi or 802.11 b/g/ac WiFi module, optional Bluetooth
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Tuner – ATSC/DVB-T2/DVB-C digital TV tuner
  • Power Supply – 5.0V/2A
  • Dimensions – 115×114 x 27mm
  • Weight – 250g

Geniatech explains Android TV OS brings official access to the Google Play store, support for Google Cast, voice search, and Android TV remote apps to their devices. It’s a little odd there’s no mention about YouTube 4K support, Widevine DRM, Netflix support, etc… that are normally part of TV boxes running Android TV OS.

You’ll find more details about the hardware on ATV495X and ATV598E product page. Note that those pages are for Android 6.0, not Android 6.0 TV OS, as product pages for the new models. Price is unknown as Geniatech mostly sells B2B, although they sometimes sell directly to end users via their Mygica brand.

Geniatech ATV329 is a 3G & 4G LTE Android TV Box Powered by Amlogic S905 Processor

April 14th, 2017 2 comments

In many countries, people get broadband Internet via ADSL or “fiber to the home”, but in some regions, notably the Middle East and Africa, there may not be such option, and people instead rely on cellular networks like 4G LTE for their Internet access. I’ve already covered SDMC TV boxes with a 4G LTE connectivity, but there’s now one more option thanks to Geniatech ATV329 Android TV box powered by Amlogic S905 processor, and including a 4G LTE modem & a SIM card slot.

Geniatech Enjoy TV Nano ATV329 specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with a penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash, SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 port
  • Connectivity
    • Ethernet
    • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6212) with one external antenna
    • GSM, 3G, and 4G connectivity with one external antenna and SIM card slot on rear panel
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, power LED

The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. Netbook Italia is at the Global Sources Electronics Fair 2017 in Hong Kong, where they caught up with the company, which showcases the box in the video below (at 2:46 mark), as well as ATV195x quad core UHD TV stick, and APC1295 an ARM industrial mini PC based on Realtek RTD1295 processor.

Categories: AMLogic, Android, Hardware Tags: 3G, 4g, 4k, Android, geniatech, lte, TV box

Geniatech ATV1960 Octa-core Android TV Box Comes with a Dual TV Tuner (ATSC or DVB-T2)

November 23rd, 2016 4 comments

We now have so many Amlogic S912 Android TV boxes on the market, it becomes hard for companies to differentiate, but Geniatech is offering something different with their Geniatech/Mygica ATV1960 model thanks to a dual TV tuner support either ATSC or DVB-T2 and allowing you to watch a program, while recording another.

amlogic-s912-dvb-t2-atsc

Geniatech/Mygica ATV1960 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz with ARM Mali-820MP3 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot + 2.5″ SATA bay (cover on the bottom of the case)
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
  • Audio Output – HDMI, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Tuner – Dual Digital TV Tuner  (ATSC/T2); one for live watching, another for recording; EPG and PVR supported.
  • Misc – IR receiver, reset pinhole
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions –  160 x 110 x 33 mm
  • Weight – 237 grams

The exact specifications are of the device are hard to find since the people who updated the company’s website did not do such a good job. While all other Amlogic S912 TV boxes are running Android 6.0, ATV1960 is said to run Android 5.1, something that’s unlikely but possible in case the drivers for the tuners could not be re-built for Android 6.0.

mygica-atv1960We also could not see any demo of the device yet, and price and availability are not available yet. ATV1960 will likely be sold under the Mygica brand, possibly with some specifications tweaks, as the company has done in the past with other models. You can find more – but not-so-accurate – information on Geniatech ATV1960 product page.

Via ARMDevices

Geniatech Developer Board IV Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Features Ethernet, RTC, and More

November 13th, 2016 2 comments

Geniatech is better known for their set-top boxes, and the company also offer development board as well as custom design for system-on-modules based on Amlogic and Qualcomm processor. Their latest board dubbed Developer Board IV looks fairly similar to 96boards compliant Dragonboard 410c board with its Snapdragon 410 processor, but adds an Ethernet port, and an RTC battery.

developer-board-ivDeveloper Board 4 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (APQ8016) quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 or 2 GB LPDDR3 @ 533MHz
  • Storage – 8 or 16 GB eMMC 5.0 flash + micro SD 3.0 (UHS-I) slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.3 up to 1080p @ 30 Hz, 4-lane MIPI-DSI up to 720p60 or 1080p30 for optional (touchscreen) display
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with on-board antenna
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port (device only).
  • Camera – 2x MIPI-CSI: 1x 4-lane, 1x 2-lane up to 13MP
  • Expansion:
    • 1x 40 pin low speed expansion connector – UART, SPI, I2S, 2x I2C, 12x GPIO, DC power
    • 1x 60 pin high speed expansion connector – 4L-MIPI DSI, USB, I2C x2, 2L+4LMIPI CSI
    • Footprint for optional analog expansion connector – Headset, Speaker, FM antenna
  • Misc – Power, reset and volume buttons. 7 LEDS (4x user, 1x Wifi, 1x Bluetooth, 1x Ethernet)
  • Power Supply – 6.5 – 18V DC input
  • Dimensions – 85×60 mm (96Boards CE dimensions: 85×54)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -25°C to +70°C

96Boards CE specifications only support Ethernet on their 96Board CE Extended specifications with much larger PCB dimensions (85×100 mm), and the dimensions do not comply with either standard or extended specifications. But Geniatech has taken most of 96Boards specifications, and made a mostly compatible with some useful extra features.

snapdragon-410-board-ethernetThe company only list Android 5.1 operating system, but it’s quite likely any operating systems support by Linaro/96Boards, and working on Dragonboard 410c will also work on Developer Board IV.

I could not find any links to purchase the board, and I understand Geniatech is only working with companies for such board, so it’s not an hobbyist board that anybody can buy like DragonBoard 410c. You’ll find a few more details on the product page.

Via AndroidPC.es

Geniatech ATV195e 4K TV Stick Features Amlogic S905 Processor, 802.11ac WiFi

February 29th, 2016 8 comments

While there are way too many Amlogic S905 TV boxes to keep up, the number of TV sticks based on the processor is fairly low, and until today I had only heard about Guleek A8 a few months ago, but I can’t even see it for sale anywhere.Potential reason include people have released TV stick are not that convenient, or electronic design houses had issues to cool the thing down, as we’ve seen even some full-size TV boxes have issues with cooling. Nevertheless, Geniatech has designed their own Amlogic S905 TV stick called ATV195e with 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, and 802.11ac WiFi.

Geniatech_ATV195e

Geniatech ATV195e preliminary specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with penta core Mali-450MP GPU up to 750MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (2 to 32GB on-request)
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz with HDCP 2.2 support
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac with external antenna
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB port
  • Misc – IR extender port
  • Power Supply –  5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 80mm x 36mm x 13mm (metallic enclosure)

The stick runs Android 5.1, and ships with a USB Cable, a user’s manual, an IR extension cable, a remote control, and a power supply.

Amlogic_S905_TV_stickThe TV stick is available now at least to distributors, but pricing has not been disclosed. You could also visit Geniatech ATV195e product page, but some of the information is currently conflicting especially in the “Specifications” section. On a related but different news, Geniatech also opened a European office in Germany after purchasing EyeTV business from  Elgato.

EyeTV NetStream Streams Free-to-Air Digital TV to Any Devices at Home

February 3rd, 2016 5 comments

A few months ago, I wrote about TBS AMD Moi Pro streaming server supporting up to 16 tuners  and mostly targeting businesses, but I’ve also found out there are some consumers solutions such as Elgato EyeTV NetStream 4Sat that includes four antenna inputs for your satellite dish (DVB-S2/S), and the ability to stream live TV to any devices, using hardware video transcoding if need be, for example to Android or iOS smartphones. Versions with DVB-T2 and ATSC will soon be available.
DVB-S2_Streamer
EyeTV NetStream 4Sat specifications:

  • Tuners
    • 4x satellite inputs: F connector for RG-6/U coaxial satellite cable
    • DVB-S2 / DVB-S
    • Digital Universal LNB: Single, Twin/Dual, Quad or Quattro
    • Unicable
    • Integrated multiswitch
    • DiSEqC 1.0
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Reset button, power switch
  • Power Supply – DC 12V 3A
  • Dimensions – 25 x 12.6 x 4.1 cm (suitable for wall-mounting)
  • Weight – 806 grams
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The networked tuner ships with an Ethernet cable, a power supply, and a Quick Start Guide.

All you need is a satellite dish with digital universal LNB or DiSEqC multiswitch to connect to the 4 RF inputs, and a Gigabit router to stream videos from the DVB streamer to your devices and computers with up to 4 simultaneous users watching different channels. Operating systems supported include Android, iOS, and Windows 7 or greater and Mac OS via EyeTV software. It is also said to work with SAT>IP certified receivers.

Home_DVB_Streamer

NetStream 4Sat has been available in Europe since 2014, and is listed on Amazon UK for £142.00 ($204.50 US) with mixed reviews ranging from “not smooth” or “Simply does not work. At all.” to “Glorious quality satellite TV anywhere in the house”, the same is true for EyeTV Netstream app. I could not find actual reviews of the device however.

Geniatech is apparently behind the product, and Charbax interviewed the company has now developed DVB-T2 and ATSC versions, with Geniatech models going under the name NetTV Quad.

More details about the DVB-S2 version can be found on EyeTV Netstream 4Sat product page.

Via ARMDevices.net

List of Amlogic S905 TV Boxes and Sticks

November 13th, 2015 96 comments

Rockchip RK3368 TV boxes looked promising at the end of the summer, but ended up being disappointing, not because of their expected lower performance compared to RK3288, but simply because they could not deliver on their main selling point: 4K H.265 / H.264 video playback, and the sheer number of issues with the first devices selling for nearly the same price as equivalent Rockchip RK3288 devices. Rockchip RK3368 will soon have a worthy competitor with Amlogic S905, which won’t deliver amazing benchmark scores, but looks promising for its 4K 10-bit HEVC video playback, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, and historically Amlogic delivers better video playback than Rockchip. The first Amlogic S905 TV boxes should start shipping by the end of the month, and prices are starting very low, just over $40, thanks to competition between the many manufacturers launching devices based on the new Amlogic SoC.

Amlogic_S905_Android_TV_BoxesThat’s why I’ve decided to make a list of Amlogic S905 Android 5.1 TV boxes and sticks:

  • Geniatech ATV495 TV Box – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2x USB 2.0 host ports and HDMI 2.0 and AV. Price: TBD
  • Geniatech ATV1950 STB – TV box with 2GB RAM, 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, 4x USB 2.0 host ports, HDMI 2.0, and dual tuner (ATSC/DVB-T/DVB-T2/ISDBT). Price: TBD
  • Ugoos AM1 – TV box with 2GB RAM, 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: TBD
  • Ugoos AM2 – Largish TV stick/dongle with 1GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port, and HDMI 2.0 & AV outputs. Price: TBD
  • MXQ Pro TV Box – TV box with 1GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 4x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 & AV outputs. Price: $50 and up
  • Beelink MINI MX – TV box with 1GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: $42.99.
  • Guleek A8 Android TV Stick -> TV stick with 2GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, 1x USB 2.0 host port, 2x micro USB ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: TBD
  • Eny EM95 -> TV box with 1 or 2GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, Fast or Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 and AV output. Price: $56.99 with 1GB/8GB configuration.
  • Acemax G9C – TV box with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 & AV ports. Price: TBD
  • Venz K1 Plus – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 and AV outputs. Price: $42.99. Venz K1 Plus Hybrid is another version with DVB-S2, DVB-T2, ISDB-T, DTMB, or ATSC tuner.
  • MXQ Plus – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a few USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 and AV outputs. Price: TBD.
  • Venz K5 – TV box with 2 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a few USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: TBD.
  • MXV Plus (MXV+) – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: $62.99.
  • Xiaomi 3 Mi Box – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 4 GB flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1, 1x USB 2.0 host port, and HDMI 2.0 and AV ports. Price: $71.79. Please note: Chinese interface only!
  • Eweat M8V – TV box with 1 or 2 GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 & AV ports. Price: $78.78.
  • Measy B4TS – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0. Price: $66.29.
  • Quintex S905 – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and optional Bluetooth 4.0, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 and AV output ports. Price: $78.
  • M9+ (M9 Plus) – TV box with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, 4x USB 2.0 host ports, and HDMI 2.0 and AV output ports. Price: $54.99.

Most of the devices come with 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, and price disparity is rather large. In this category the best values appear to be Beelink MINI MX and K1 Plus TV boxes at $43 both. The only TV stick, Guleek U8, is not for sale yet.  Two TV boxes stand out in terms of specifications with 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac, namely Ugoos AM1 and Geniatech ATV1950, with the latter also including a dual tuner, but they are not for sale yet.

Amlogic S905 Android TV Boxes, Sticks, and Digital TV Receivers Are Coming Soon

September 11th, 2015 31 comments

Amlogic S905 is the first 64-bit ARM processor of the company, with four Cortex A53 cores, a Mali-450MP GPU, as well as support for HDMI 2.0, and 10-bit HEVC video decoding. It will come to market before S912 processor featuring a Mali-T7xx GPU, and compete with Rockchip RK3368 octa-core processor.

I’ve already features two Amlogic S905 TV boxes a few months ago with Acemax G9C and Eny EM95, but these two products were announced several months before the actual release, and now several other products have been announced, and should become available very soon. Geniatech unveiled two products based on Amlogic S905: ATV495 Android TV box, and ATV1950 Android digital TV receiver with dual ATSC, DVB-T, or ISDBT tuners, while Guleek A8 is an Amlogic S905 Android TV stick.

Geniatech ATV495 TV Box

Enjoy_TV_ATV495ATV495 specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with a quad core Mali-450MP GPU up to 750MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz with support for HDCP 2.2 , AV output (CVBS)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc- Power button, IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  DC 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A

Price and availability information have not been disclosed by the company. Further details can be found on Geniatech ATV495 product page.

Geniatech ATV1950 TV Box with Dual Tuner

ATV1950

ATV1950 “Quad Core Gold” preliminary specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with a quad core Mali-450MP GPU up to 750MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 16GB flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz with support for HDCP 2.2
  • Connectivity – Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Dual Digital TV Tuner built-in (ATSC/DVB-T/DVB-T2/ISDBT) for simultaneous watching and recording
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc- Power button, IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  DC 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 160x110x33 mm

You can may find more details on Geniatech ATV1950 page, but the pictures don’t match the specs, which are themselves inconsistent on the product page, and even the dual tuners are missing from the pictures, despite being prominently advertised on multiple places and on marketing materials.

Guleek A8 Android TV Stick

Amlogic_S905_TV_StickGuleek A8 specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with quad core Mali-450MP GPU up to 750MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz with HDCP 2.2
  • Audio – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (AP6212 by default, with RTL8189,AP6330,AP6335 supported for dual band or/and 802.11ac)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 2x micro USB port (one OTG, one for power only)
  • Misc – FN key
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – N/A

The stick is one of the rare Amlogic S905 products currently listed for sale, and you can find it for $75 + shipping on Aliexpress. The seller has good feedback, but there’s no way to tell whether the TV dongle is really ready to ship or not.

All three devices run Android 5.1, and Amlogic S905 is the first low cost SoC that supports both HDMI 2.0 and 10-bit HEVC. In my past reviews, I’ve also noticed that video capabilities of Amlogic based devices in Kodi and Antutu Video Tester are usually much better than competitors such as Rockchip, but we’ll have to find out with actual devices.

Via AndroidPC.es here and there.