MINIX Announces Neo X8, X8s Android TV Boxes With 4K UHD Support

Posted on Apr 13 2014 - 6:25pm by Chad Buenaflor

MINIX has officially announced its two latest Android TV boxes capable of 4K UHD support. The NEO X8 and NEO X8s are both powered by the latest Amlogic quad core chipsets that will run on Android 4.4 KitKat. The main difference between both devices is that the NEO X8s is using the Amlogic S802-H chipset which supports Dolby Digital and DTS.

Neo X8

Common feature of both models

  • 4K2K UHD Video Decoding and Output
  • 1080p FHD Video Encoding
  • Quad Core Cortex A9r4 Processor
  • Octa Core Mali-450 GPU
  • Android KitKat 4.4 OS
  • TrustZone & Trusted Video Path for Security & DRM
  • Support HDMI-CEC
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet
  • Audio and Headphone Jacks, 3 USB Ports + 1 OTG Port

Differences between both models

  • NEO X8 has only 8GB EMMC internal storage while the NEO X8s has 16GB EMMC
  • NEO X8 delivers single-band Wi-Fi while the NEO X8s includes dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • The NEO X8s offers full Dolby Digital and DTS Support which isn’t available on the NEO X8

MINIX is one of the leading providers of Android TV boxes in the market today. The Neo X8 series is an upgrade to the company’s previously released Neo X7 device. What’s probably the best feature of the X8 and the X8s is that both support 4K UHD. This means that with consumers will be able to connect this Android TV box to their 4K TV to get amazing resolutions when watching movies.

The Neo series of devices comes pre-installed with Google services. This means that you will be able to install apps on it the same way as you do on smartphones and tablets. You will be able to stream videos from YouTube or update your status on Facebook.

What’s probably the main function of the Neo series is that it is used as an entertainment hub. Consumers just need to connect the device to a compatible TV and enjoy watching their favorite movies. It can also be used as a mini PC by simply attaching a keyboard and mouse to its USB ports. With the right applications installed a user will be able to create and edit office documents, check emails, and even surf the web.

The NEO X8 and X8s will become available on the later part of May with prices to be announced as its release date nears.

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Chad Buenaflor is a tech writer, gadget reviewer and blogger. In his free time he likes to watch movies, listen to music and play chess. You can reach him at his Google+ social media account