Finally comes MiniX Neo U9-H … Perhaps the best based on AmLogic S912
Finally arrived … After a while of waiting and some indiscretion, finally comes the new MiniX Neo U9-h. Presented at IFA Berlin 2016, with its features and with the renowned Software stability, promises to them in 2017 the market reference for TV boxes Android.
The Minix Neo U9-H is the latest addition to the company in Hong Kong that updates its offer TV boxes, integrating a processor Amlogic S912.
An octa-core 2.0 GHz maximum clock by bigLITTLE, architecture and Mali-820 MP3. As has already been said on more articles, no doubt, AmLogic in the last period, look for the excellent compatibility, performance, was among the producers of SoCs for TV boxes/Android mini PC one of the most appreciated by users. In fact, lately we had often to analyze TV boxes based on the Chipset of the famous Asian.
Asian House after the great success of SoC AmLogic S905, upgrading (great) AmLogic S905X, launched for a few month the new AmLogic S912.
Amlogic S912 that promises to be for the time being the true market reference. In fact, we remind users the success and longevity of Smart (also used with the previous flagship product of MiniX House: the Neo X 8-H), first 4 k decoding chipset to offer also in h. 265 and HDR, excellent speed and very high compatibility.
The distinction, as mentioned, this new Tv Box based on AmLogic S912, running Android optimized video 6.0, Marshmallow is to display 4 k with support for H. 265 and HDR. HDR allows the ability to view content without problems in High Dynamic Range without the need for owning a tv HDR-ready.
We saw with our own eyes the difference images reproduced without HDR and HDR; Needless to say that the image quality increases exponentially, giving a much deeper color range.
For those who want to learn more about HDR (High dynamic range) we suggest reading the following article on Wikipedia: High dynamic range imaging.
The features and accessories
MINIX has accustomed us to great TV boxes, capable of providing truly high performance and excellent stability. Performance and stability optimization job offers from Software that allow you to make the most of your Hardware for their own platforms. The new AmLogic S912, as mentioned several times, is a CPU of the highest profile with features that really matter, also introduces a number of new features all linked to Video decoding and image quality. These updates "architecture" (Octa-Core CPU) do make a real leap forward in performance and put it at the top movie playback quality (4 k, h. 265, HEV/C and HDR).
Then in the background, an excellent box, among other things based on the new Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow.
But we see in detail all the features of this Box:
- OS: Android 6 Marshmallow
- CPU: Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 up to 2 GHz
- GPU: ARM Mali-820MP3 @ up to 750MHz
- RAM: 2 GB DDR3
- HDD: 16 GB eMMC flash
- HDMI: 2.0 a, AV
- Other Audio: S/PDIF (optical digital)
- Other: Jack AV (stereo)
- Network: RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps)
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4 G 5.8 G + MIMO) Dual Band
- Bluetooth: Version 4.0
- USB: 3 x USB 2.0 OTG, 1xUSB
- Tf Card: Micro SD Card (Internal Memory Expansion)
Technical Note: The embedded MMC is a mass storage memory whose latest release is 5.0 released in February 2015 and competitor solid state drives (SSD). Learn more with Wikipedia
The Package would seem (from photos) as usual well groomed (MiniX style) and the accessories are the classic ones, we see in detail the contents of the package (Box and accessories):
- Tv Box MiniX Neo U9-1
- IR Controller (remote control)
- Hdmi (Cable)
- OTG USB Connector (USB/Micro USB)
- USB/USB Cable (USB extension Cable)
- Power Adapter (5V, 2A)
- Removable WiFi antenna
- English manual
Controller Neo A2 Lite
The controller MiniX Neo A2 is a dual side controllers (double sided). What has always amazed of this Keyboard is the compactness, solidity and precision.
We now turn to a more detailed description of the Neo A2 lite. As mentioned it is dual side and includes:
- An Air Mouse (Side);
- A QWERTY Keyboard (Side B);
Suitable for use mixed Media Box/Mini PC is great for easily search the web, write email, surfing the menu, chat, use social networks etc.
Now andiamone to see in detail the characteristics:
- The new A2 Lite is powered by 2 AAA batteries;
- 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer (gives an accuracy to the millimeter);
- Media control buttons (also useful for XBMC/Kodi);
- The range of use is about 10 meters;
- Airmouse mode, really accurate and well functioning.
- Compatible with all operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Android and Linux).
- Suitable and can also be used with Console Games and Smart TV (Xbox, Play Station, Nintendo Wii, etc.)
- Pressure indicator LEDs button;
- USB Receiver;
What can we say, aesthetically, it completely changes the experience of using a Tv Box as the Neo U9-H, is really a great product … from 5 stars.
For those interested in buying, we show:
Last very important note is that relating to the compatibility with KODI (XBMC), which happens to be also customized and optimized for the TV Box. In fact, MiniX as said, invests heavily on optimizing software on their products and in this connection he made (in collaboration with the Group of KODI) an optimized version of XBMC for MiniX named:
The current version of XBMC MiniX Edition is 16.3, perfectly in line with current developments of Kodi.
Conclusions and price
Ultimately one of the best TV boxes (for instance features greater than or equal to the best box on the market). With its classic shape, MiniX is suitable to your living room and comes up with seriousness and sobriety. In detail, we have good blocking CPU-GPU-RAM. The qualities of the new CPU AmLogic S912 are undisputed and for us a guarantee, either for playing movies (also in 4 k, H265/HEV-C and with the novelty of HDR), both for use in other areas (apps, games etc). The Internal Memory is 16 GB eMMC (store) and the Networking industry is of a high standard with RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 Wi-Fi Dual-Band (2.4/5 GHz dual-band MIMO) ac with external antenna. Outdoor antenna that maybe you might not like aesthetically, but whose presence assures us better Wi-Fi reception.
As regards KODI, the well-established partnership with the XBMC Foundation (Group business development officer of KODI) ensures compatibility and new features (exclusively) for users of Box MiniX. In addition, MiniX technicians they confirmed that the U9-H will get support for Android 7, this ensures support and updates for at least the next 2/3 years.
The final considerations, can only be positive, there are good prospects to repeat the exploits of MiniX Neo X 8-H, we have already seen some box AmLogic S912-based, but the level of optimization of MiniX, makes this box (at least in the introduction) greater than those seen so far.
Unique "Neo" this TV boxes, may be the lack of a USB 3.0, which could limit the transfers to/from an external drive.
The box is not yet available, but it lacks very little … should be on the market in a few days at a price of around 160 Euros, but from this point of view are waiting for confirmations.
We conclude the article anticipating that this box there will be provided (when ready) to be able to carry out a full review, assessing the stability and the real performance of box, even under stress.
Hoping to introduce soon a full review, we salute you and we hope you enjoy.
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