Meet Minix Neo U1, newest Amlogic S905-H Mini PC

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Minix NEO U1

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    Amlogic S905
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Minix will launch their new Mini PC (or Android Media hub, as they call it) on the first week of December.

Update: Minix Neo U1 is now available on Gearbest, $117.68 with coupon GBMIU1 .

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.

Minix U1 Minix U1 with remote Minix U1 connectivity Minix U1 front Minix U1 back Minix U1 back

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
OS Android 4.4.2 Android Lollipop 5.1.1
Wi-Fi Dual band 802.11ac Dual band 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac
HDMI version 1.4b 2.0
Bluetooth version 4.0 4.1
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.

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