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Friday, February 05, 2016
MINIX NEO U1 Android Media Player review

1. About the MINIX NEO U1 Media Player

Today we have in our hands the Neo U1, a new media player based on the Amlogic S905 chipset. The player runs on Android and is among the very few S905 boxes currently available at the market. Minix has differentiated by delivering improved hardware specifications, such as:

  • 2 x 2 MIMO Dual-Band ac Wi-Fi (compared to most competitors using Single-Band n internal Wi-Fi)
  • 2GB RAM (compared to 1GB RAM)
  • 16GB eMMC 5.0 Storage (MLC) (compared to 8GB NAND Flash)
  • Larger heat-sink, and overall build quality

Basically, whereas most of the S905 boxes are based on the typical development board, Minix has made specific modifications to it.

The NEO U1 is a home entertainment media hub, designed to bring online entertainment to your living room; including web browsing, stunning Ultra High-Definition video playback and real-time streaming, access to media player apps such as KODI, screen-casting capability, local media playback capability via USB port, Internet radio and audio streaming services, Skype along with other VoIP services, Android gaming and much more. 


As we previously mentioned, the player showcases the latest wireless advancements with the inclusion of 802.11ac 2 x 2 MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.0GHz), combining both an internal and external antenna to accomplish flawless streaming. NEO U1 also features Gigabit Ethernet for those who prefer a wired connection. 

NEO U1 is the company's first Media Hub for Android to support video output up to 4K @ 60Hz. It also supports up to 10-bit color format, significantly increasing the dynamic range of colors displayed, adding new depths and vibrant picture quality not found on previous Media Hubs for Android. 

The player also gains on application performance and responsiveness thanks to its Android Lollipop 5.1.1 OS. MINIX’s launcher presents a well-designed and accessible interface that makes finding what you want easy. And F.O.T.A (Firmware-Over-The-Air) Update System means all updates will be available to download and install automatically onto the player. 

NEO U1 features a silent thermal control management system meaning you won't be disturbed by noise while enjoying a movie.

The next generation 64-bit architecture of NEO U1’s CPU offers great power efficiency. MINIX prides itself on the minimal power consumption of its Media Hubs for Android, and ensures that the NEO U1 can be safely powered-on 24-hours a day without any worries about costly electricity bills.

Specifications

Processor

Quad-Core Cortex A53 Processor(64-bit)

GPU

Penta Core Mali-450 GPU

Memory

2GB DDR3

Internal Storage

16GB eMMC 5.0 Storage(MLC)

Wireless Connectivity

802.11ac 2 X 2 MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5.0GHz), Bluetooth 4.1

OS

Android Lollipop 5.1.1

Video Output

HDMI2.0, up to 4K @ 60Hz Supports HDMI-CEC

Audio Output

Via HDMI2.0, 3.5mm stereo jack, optical SPDIF

Peripheral Interface

RJ-45 GIGABIT Ethernet - supports hotspot sharing via WiFi
Micro SD card reader 
USB 2.0 port x 3, OTG port x 1 Kensington lock ready 
Microphone Jack,Headphone Jack, IR receiver (remote included) 

Power

DC 5V, 3A adapter included (CE, FCC certified)

Supported Video Formats

DAT/MPEG/MPE/MPG/TS/TP/VOB/ISO/ AVI/MP4/MOV/3GP/FLV/MKV/ M2TS/MTS/M4V/WMV/ASF

Supported Audio Formats

MP2/MP3/WMA/WAV/OGG/OGA/FLAC/ALAC/APE/AAC




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