Meet Minix Neo U1, newest Amlogic S905-H Mini PC
Minix NEO U1
Minix will launch their new Mini PC (or Android Media hub, as they call it) on the first week of December.
Based on Amlogic S905, the device promises "an incredibly rich and intense cinematic experience", most likely because of it's 4K@60Hz capability and will have pretty much the same chassis as the previous Minix models, featuring an external Wi-fi antenna and with the brand name embossed on the top.
Minix Neo U1 ("U" stands for "Ultra-Connectivity") will have 2GB of RAM and 16GB eMMC 5.0 ROM, 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.0GHz),Bluetooth 4.1 and Gigabit Ethernet.
With the HDMI 2.0 output with CEC support, the 3 USB 2.0 ports and optical S/PDIF, and 3.5mm jacks for headphone and microphone the Minix Neo U1 will cover most use cases.
Minix Neo U1 will run Android 5.1, and will include the usual customizations made by Minix.
Priced at $129 (€129 in Europe), Minix Neo U1 is definitely not the cheapest Amlogic S905 mini PC, but it stands out from the crowd because of it's better hardware and the reputation Minix has for providing after-sales support.
While Amlogic S905 was meant to replace S805, and not S812 (which will be replaced by the Amlogic S912 SoC), let's compare the latest Mini PC's from Minix.
Minix Neo X8-H Plus vs Minix Neo U1
|Minix Neo X8-H Plus||Minix Neo U1|
|SoC||Amlogic S812-H||Amlogic S905|
|CPU||Quad-core Cortex-A9r4||Quad-core Cortex A53|
|GPU||Octo-Core Mali-450||Penta-core Mali 450|
|RAM||2GB DDR3||2GB DDR3|
|ROM||16GB eMMC||16GB eMMC|
|OS||Android 4.4.2||Android Lollipop 5.1.1|
|Wi-Fi||Dual band 802.11ac||Dual band 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac|
|Video output||up to 4K @ 30Hz||up to 4K @ 60Hz|
|10-bit colour||No (8-bit max)||Yes|
As you can see, Minix Neo U1 will be an interesting product.
We should receive a sample soon, so stay tuned for unboxing and review.
Unboxing the Minix Neo U1
Minix Neo U1 review: the best Amlogic S905 Mini PC