Beelink announced SEA I, their new TV box using the Realtek RTD1295 SoC
Beelink SEA I
We've covered a lot of Amlogic S912 devices lately, time to take a look at what other RTD1295 devices will come to market after the CNY.
There are much fewer RTD1295 devices, but these are quite interesting, and so is the 4K/HDR-capable SoC.
Beelink is launching soon their SEA I tv box, which does look impressive - they managed to keep a small footprint (the device is just 188 x 119 x 20mm) and still add an internal HDD bay (2.5''), two HDMI ports (in and out), USB 2.0 and 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band wi-fi with internal antenna.
Beelink SEA I Mini PC full specs
- SoC: Realtek 1295DD
- CPU: ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core, 1.4GHZ
- GPU: Mali T820 (3-core)
- RAM: 2GB DDR4
- ROM: 16GB eMMC 5.0
- LAN: Gigabit
- Wi-fi: 5.8G/2.4G Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11ac/b/g/n
- USB: 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
- Audio/Video: HDMI 2.0,SPDIF
- Other:SD card reader, Bluetooth™ 4.0, 2.5" HDD slot, HDMI-In (with PiP and recording)
- OS: Android 6.0
Beelink SEA I Mini PC
For such a small device with a built-in HDD bay overheating might be a problem, but Beelink promises that this won't be an issue with SEA I, as they've carefully designed the board and took precautions.
The use of DDR4 guarantees faster response times and there are other features makes this RTD1295-based device shine when compared to the rest of the TV boxes currently on the market - like that Built-in stereo audio DA.
On a weird note, Beelink chose not to advertise the device as running OpenWrt, which combined with the 2.5'' HDD bay might have been a nice selling point for those that want a home NAS and already have a 2.5'' HDD unused - like those that upgraded the laptop's HDD with a SSD (such as myself).
Beelink SEA I Mini PC is currrently on presale at GearBest at $104 - we might get a coupon/voucher for it soon, so make sure to check back.