TV set-top boxes are bought for various reasons: some are slow to update their old blue screens, others are dissatisfied with the functional limitations and slowness of modern TV-smart phones. Android TV box allows you to significantly expand the capabilities of the TV and make the time spent at the screen even more comfortable. Minix NEO U9-H is a new set-top box on the new 8-core Amlogic S912-H processor from the manufacturer, which is very serious about the quality of the build and optimization of the operating system. Therefore, it was especially interesting for us to test the novelty.
Technical specifications MINIX Neo U9-H
- Processor: eight-core Amlogic S912-H, Cortex-A53, 1.5 GHz
- Graphics Accelerator: ARM Mali-820 MP3
- Operating system: Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
- Memory: 2 GB
- Built-in Memory: 16 GB
- Support for drives: microSD, USB
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1
- Dimensions: 130x130x25 mm
- Weight: 291 grams
Packing and equipment
The device is sold in a neat black cardboard box with information on its technical characteristics on the bottom. In addition to the set-top box, there is a dense meter HDMI cable inside, an IR remote for control, a micro USB cable, an OTG USB adapter and a manual in English.
The set-top box has received from its creators a traditional “square” design and a black matte plastic case with a squeezed MINIX logo on the top panel. The case is made neatly, and the device as a whole is small, light, a lot of space next to the TV does not occupy and fit on any shelf.
The standard control panel is small and with a minimum of functions. These are standard Android-keys “Back”, “Home”, “Menu”, as well as settings and five-way joystick. In addition, the volume can be adjusted from the remote.
MINIX works on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The manufacturer has installed its own MINCI Metro launcher, optimized for control with a remote control on a large diagonal TV.
The MINIX U9-H TV box proved to be really interesting and brought to mind by the device. Of course, its main function is working together with the TV. But thanks to a full-featured Android OS and a large set of ports, the capabilities of the device are much broader: it’s a real mini-PC that can make a full-fledged media center from your TV or a large monitor at minimal cost.
- support 4K HDR, Dolby Digital and DTS;
- “Omnivorous” player;
- high speed of work;
- Wi-Fi 5 GHz;
- user-friendly interface and remote control;
- many useful preinstalled applications.
- “Native” launcher is not translated into Russian.