Meet Himedia Q5 Pro, the newest Mini PC based on the HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 SoC
Himedia Q5 Pro
We talked about Himedia and the HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 SoC quite a lot here on MiniPCDB and it's understandable, as the SoC is definitely one of the best to be launched this year and Himedia is well-known for their devices that have above average build quality and support.
While we wait for the Himedia Q10 Pro to arrive for a review (just a few days away), let's take a look at it's younger brother, the Q5 Pro.
Himedia sees Q5 Pro as being the affordable one and Q10 Pro as aimed to more demanding clients, but they do share the SoC and the firmware, so with Q5 Pro you might get the best of HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 for a better price if you don't need an internal HDD tray.
Himedia Q5 Pro Mini PC full specs
- SoC: HiSilicon Hi3798C V200
- CPU: quad-core Cortex A53 (64-bit)
- GPU: Mali-T720
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- ROM: 8GB eMMC
- LAN: Gigabit
- Wi-fi: dual band (ac)
- USB: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
- Audio/Video: HDMI 2.0, CVBS, R/L Stereo, Optical Digital Audio
- Other:SD card reader
- OS: Android Lollipop 5.1
Himedia Q5 Pro Mini PC
Q5 Pro is at the fourth generation now,and I did have the chance to play with the previous one - the build quality is excellent, the metal casing looks very good and acts like a giant heat sink for the device - so it might get hot.
There are subtle changes between Q5 Pro and the previous generations, the most notable one being the lack of the external SATA port, which Himedia removed on Q5 Pro - most likely because it wasn't very used.
What we expect from Q5 Pro (as well as from Q10 Pro) is a better image quality than most other Android TV boxes currently on the market (HiSilicon devices are known for that) and the support for 4K60 Ultra-HD, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, 7.1 HD-Audio, 3D-ISO, 192kHz audio and a proper implementation on Android for auto-frame rate switching.