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Minix NEO X8-H Quad Core Cortex A9r4 Processor Octo Core Mali-450 GPU 1 x HDMI Quad Core Media Hub for Android

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Minix

MINIX NEO X8 and X8-H – Android™ 4.4 KitKat 4K Android TV Boxes/Media hubs

With this device, you can turn your TV into a smart TV 2.0 !

Both the MINIX NEO X8 as the MINIX NEO X8-H contain a new Amlogic S802 chipset. The MINIX NEO X8 gets an Amlogic S802 while the MINIX NEO X8-H is equipped with Amlogic S802-H. The MINIX NEO X8-H ensures that the hardware is now able to decode Dolby Digital and DTS sound signals. MINIX has the official license.

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4K2K UHD Video Playback

The Minix NEO X8 and X8-H both offer 4K2K UHD video playback, delivering an even clearer and better looking image when watching your media content on larger screens. The 4K2K UHD video playback feature means smoother edges and depth, producing a more detailed picture and a superior viewing experience for MINIX users. For 4K2K UHD video you need a compatible screen.


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Amlogic S802 Quad-Core Cortex A9r4 Processor

The NEO X8 comes equipped with a Amlogic Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9r4 processor, delivering exceptional levels of performance and power efficiency. The NEO X8 is one of the first 4K Media Hub for Android™ designed to be plugged in and left on stand-by mode when not in use. There is no need to power-off the NEO X8, with the Quad-Core ARM CPU’s exceptional built-in thermal control management system protecting against any heat issues, giving customers peace of mind they can leave their device on for 24 hours a days, 365 days a year.


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Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11n

Unlike conventional single-band antennas, the NEO X8’s unique external antenna offers the use of both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency ranges. The 5.8GHz frequency is less prone to interference, and therefore offers far superior reliability and stability, perfect for those wishing to stream Full HD media content onto their NEO X8.


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Minix Neo X8 with 8GB eMMC / Minix Neo X8-H with 16GB eMMC

Whilst previous MINIX Media Hubs have offered NAND Flash, the NEO X8 utilizes eMMC "embedded Multi-Media Controller" memory. The utilization of eMMC memory offers an array of benefits in terms of performance, security and reliability, ultimately delivering a richer end-user experience. You can be rest assured that your media content is safely stored on the NEO X8 device, with its built-in power management system and flash memory controller.


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Minix Launcher

The NEO X8 comes pre-installed Minix Launcher offering full advantage of your Minix Neo X8 and improved great use.


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Android™ 4.4 KitKat

The NEO X8 comes pre-installed with Android™ 4.4 KitKat, offering an array of upgrades and features not available on previous Android™ OS versions. The NEO X8 takes full advantage of the improved memory management of Android™ 4.4, with smoother multi-tasking as users switch between applications with ease.


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XBMC MINIX Edition (Gotham)

XBMC is a media player that allows users to play and view most videos, music, such as podcasts from the Internet, and all common digital media files from local and network storage media. The NEO X8 comes pre-installed with XBMC MINIX Edition, with full hardware decoding support. This exclusive edition delivers the optimum XBMC experience on Android™. The device supports XBMC and its important (for watching movies and series) add-ons.


Shortlist of the Specifications:

  • Quad Core Cortex A9r4 Processor
  • Octo Core Mali-450 GPU
  • Octo Core Mali-450 GPU
  • 16GB eMMC Storage
  • 802.11n Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5.8GHz)
  • Android KitKat 4.4
  • HDMI 1.4b, up to @ 30fps
  • SD/MMC card reader
  • Headphone / Microphone jack
  • Two USB ports
  • IR Receiver

Learn more about the MINIX NEO X8-H

General

Brand
Minix
Model
NEO X8-H

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Quad Core Cortex A9r4 Processor

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2GB DDR3 installed

Graphics

Onboard Video
Octo Core Mali-450 GPU

Communications

Wireless LAN
802.11n Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.8GHz)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
1 x USB 2.0
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
SD/MMC card reader
Other Front Ports
1 x OTG port

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x HDMI
Rear USB
2 x USB 2.0
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
Yes

Power Supply

Power Supply
DC 5V, 3A adapter included (CE, FCC, CCC Certified)

Features

Features
Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC

O.S: Android Kitkat 4.4

Video Output: HDMI 1.4b, up to 4K @ 30fps

Supported Video Format: DAT/MPEG/MPE/MPG/TS/TP/VOB/ISO/AVI/MP4/MOV/3GP/FLV/MKV/M2TS/MTS/M4V/WMV/ASF/RM/RMVB

Supported Audio Format: DD/DD+/DTS/MP2/MP3/WAV/WMA/WMV/APE/OGG/OGA/FLAC/ALAC/APE/AAC

Please ensure all applications compatible with Android 4.4 and Newegg will not take the responsibility for software incompatibility issue.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Brian T.
  • 11/29/2014 9:00:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice player, but terrible remote

Pros: Plays newer formats, lots of inputs

Bought this to replace my older media player. Plays newer formats with no problem. Works great to play anything in my media library.

Cons: Terrible remote. difficult to find the right angle to control the player, and with only 11 buttons, it is not designed to control an android device, which is designed for a touch screen. So frustrating to do anything, trying to find the right way to control something.

Other Thoughts: I saw in a different review they have a different remote available. They should not even sell then small remote and only sell the decent remote.

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  • Chris P.
  • 10/27/2014 6:52:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest XBMC box I've used

Pros: If it has Kitkat on it and the lastest XBMC this thing is fast, no menu lag, plays everything, rarely crashes out when an addon throws an error. It is visibly faster than an X7 with 4.2.2 installed. I have not tried netflix because I don't have an account or see any use for one with XBMC installed. It of course runs all the play store apps.

Cons: The remote is comes with is ok for most things, but you really want to have a keyboard. Minix sells an excelent airmouse remote with a keyboard, the A2-AIR2. For whatever reason newegg doens't carry this, it should be offered as a bundle. You can buy it elsewhere for around $50 and it is well worth it. XBMC does not auto update so you have to download and install the newer package yourself from the Minix website. To make use of XBMC you have to install addon packages like Mashup and Fusion so some research is required but youtube has instructional videos.

Other Thoughts: I had no problem streaming up to 720p on a G network but you'll need wireless N to do 1080p and above, especially if they are mkv file shares. It has an ethernet port so plugging it in is always prefereable if you can.

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  • Jose A.
  • 9/30/2014 12:27:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty nice Android player

Pros: Love that I can do so much with this. I used to have a WDTV LIVE PLAYER in my bedroom which was fed my MKV collection from my LIVE HUB in the livingroom over a wired network. But that was all I pretty much used it for ( I don't use netflix or any of the services the wdtv live player included). And NOW, with my Minix I can use XBMC which is basically an ALL-in_one for me. I can play my mkv library and use cool streaming content ie: mashup, icefilms etc etc. A winner for me.

Cons: It came with the M! mouse controller wich is AWESOME because it doesn't need to be pointed at the box to controller it ie: navigation and volume BUT I noticed it was making the MINIX box REBOOT occasionally which was bad. The included infrared controller works ok, but I need to press down hard on the buttons, andI think the range isn't that great. Not a deal breaker but wish I could use the M1 again without issues, Hopefully the next official firmware will fix this. ( I'm on the very latest Beta 8 002 btw)

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/8/2014 3:55:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Great Buy

Pros: Installation and operation is smooth .. Video & audio quality are great .Skype works like a charm . XBMC opens up access to number of VOD's. Air mouse is grate .. sometime we need to recalibrate . other wise computer mouse too works . specs say android 4.4 ... but I received android 4.2 (sic). build quality is great too .

Cons: Except the product delivered to me has android 4.2 ... Regular Remote is just waste ..we cannot work on android with ..very painful..

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  • Harry C.
  • 9/4/2014 2:26:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHW excellent, Mouse twitchy, Firmware not there yet.

Pros: The base hardware (not counting the IR mouse or the Newegg provided bundled mouse) is solid and can perform.

If your plan is to view videos stored on your local network you will be satisfied, the colors and picture quality is really good. I had to use the wired connection for all but the most compressed video formats.

Cons: That big search engine company's "moive and tv play app" won't work, "Can't Fetch License (error 16)". The app tech support says 'call minix', Minix tech support today said "We've never heard of anyone trying that app, do you want a refund?".

The wireless mouse software gets stuck on one or the other end of the screen so often you'll need rehab therapy on your wrist in a month.

If your plan is to run xbmc's native cmyth PVR addon with mythtv, the strange long hangs when stopping a video and before any other screen comes up will drive you insane. Give up commercial flagging and use the upnp/dlna interface until the software works correctly.--- Which I think it will in a few months.

Watching that other online store vendor's prime instant videos was en epic fail as well.

The mouse / keyboard doesn't emulate the 'swiping' and 'touching' screen responses so all the apps that look for screen interfaces (lots of games) will just sit there on the welcome screen waiting for you to do something, while you click and point and mouse away like a crazy person to no effect.

Other Thoughts: Buy the logitech k440 wireless keyboard and all will be well.

If "Downloading and flashing updated ROM firmware using a windows computer" is scary to you, don't buy this until after November. They should have "over the air" upgrades avaiable by then.

I bought this thinking I would be owning the perfect 'cable cord cutting' set top box. And, I think it will be exactly that when paired with a free-to-air television / home movie file server backend. The firmware and the software isn't quite there but it will be. I wish I knew the purchase of movies they advertised apps would play -- won't.

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  • robert l.
  • 9/2/2014 3:09:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest of the Bleeding edge

Pros: Best of breed.
Of the options out there in this class...this is the box to get at this time.

Cons: Android boxes of this type are the way of the future...alas the future is slow in coming. Much evolving to be done for all android boxes, but I feel that Minix leads the way.
The technology is not mature but we should all know that and expect growing pains.

Other Thoughts: I am very pleased with this device and suspect Minix will continue to lead the way for a few years until the big guys get with the program.

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  • Harry C.
  • 8/12/2014 9:50:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWait for 'real' firmware, then go for it.

Pros: The hardware is as advertised. If you have a Windows laptop and can install a manual software upgrade package then download this week's latest beta software, then switch the language of the firmware download package from Chinese to English, then risk bricking the unit by installing the updated firmware ... wow is this thing amazing. Seriously.

Cons: The firmware as shipped was more an experiment than a tested product. From little annoyances like spelling errors to big ones like Netflix having good sound but a picture using only 1/8th of the top of the screen repeating four times with lines running through the faces, to XBMC not having any PVR backends... The provided mouse is twitchy in pointer mode, multiple cursor motions to single cursor button presses.

Other Thoughts: This little box, coupled with a PVR backend for local free-over-the-air channels, plus Netflix and Anazon Prime or similar will be THE cable cutter's dream that would pay for itself in a year. Once their firmware becomes stable and matches the then current capabilities of the content providers this will be just amazing.

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  • Travis H.
  • 8/12/2014 10:30:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible device except for Netflix

Pros: Fast (cpu & gpu), latest Android os, hdmi, optical audio, # of usb ports, bluetooth, dual band wireless, rubberized texture, does not seem to get hot, runs everything under the sun with no problems.

Cons: Netflix max bitrate stuck at 1750 (480p), not the fault of Minix, this is the fault of Netflix refusing to give certification to generic Android devices. Netflix is rumored to be switching over to html5 but until they release an android app utilizing html 5, we are all stuck with devices that are not DRM compliant with Netflix. Unable to use any browser to watch Netflix. Only way is 480p Netflix, again, until Netflix gets their head out of the sand.

The gyro mouse is kind of buggy, have to constantly move the pointer to the edge of the screen to re-calibrate.

Other Thoughts: I have yet to find a way to play a flight simulator on this device. I have tried an old usb gamepad which does not seem to work, and I have tried an old usb joystick which also does not seem to work. Maybe i need to get a bluetooth joystick or gamepad. I use a couple different keyboards with my X8H - A Rii Mini X1 via OTG cable which only has about a 10 foot range with no obstructions and the usb dongle pointed in front of the device using the otg adapter included with the x8h box. I also use a Logitech bluetooth tablet keyboard, which does not require a dongle, it just uses universal bluetooth and works perfect at 10 feet, and likely would work much further as well. I highly reccomend using the Logitech tablet keyboard (Logitech makes very few true bluetooth devices due to their proprietary bluetooth dongles they like to use, but this tablet keyboard thankfully just uses universal bluetooth connection)

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  • Randy B.
  • 7/28/2014 1:41:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot ready for prime time

Pros: Android 4.4.2 media player,
- MIMIX has released 5 beta firmware updates in the last month, and is working very hard to improve this product and release a new production firmware
- Great potential

Cons: The box was released with a ton of bugs.
- Netflix will not play smoothly (Netflix problem?)
- XBMC is buggy
- generates random audio noise
- As a media player, I think there's much to be desired.

Other Thoughts: Can't say if it's the hardware or the software at fault here, but for anyone not wanting to spend an inordinate amount of time updating firmware and/or apps and just wants a solid Android media player +, all I can say is this box is not ready for prime time... I returned mine today. I'm really disappointed in this product release. I was wanting this to be awesome!

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  • Matthew C.
  • 7/12/2014 1:20:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood Media Box

Pros: -Runs XBMC smooth as can be at 1080p
-Youtube App is Smooth
-QuadCore
-Optical Audio Out

Cons: Doesn't come Pre-rooted

Other Thoughts: I had a G-box MX-2 and I thought that was great, except XBMC was in 720p and was somewhat sluggish when scrolling through my movie Database.

This Neo- X8-H is way faster and smoother, so it takes care of the issues that I had with the G-Box.

I only use this for XBMC, YouTube, and Pandora, so it handles them flawlessly

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