Several TV box brands are announcing their work on new media player boxes based on Amlogic S912.
The Amlogic S912 is a major step into HDR 4K TV, as this chipset includes decoding support for 10 and 12 bits color depth, thus fulfilling all paths into mainstream HDR video delivery, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range formats.
Announcing the first Amlogic S912 based media players
Some brands are already showcasing their Amlogic S912 based media players, including photos of the TV Box size and case shape. You can peek into NEXBOX brand design by following this link.
The specs are “as expected” since at this design level most -if not all- TV Box manufacturers depend entirely on the mainboard designs proposed by the chipset brand, which in turn relies almost entirely on the chipset capabilities (“SOC” meaning System on a Chip).
Hence most Amlogic S912 based TV Boxes will be -hardware specs wise- the same thing.
Currently there are two reference boards out there:
- The S912_MBX_REF_Q02_V01 PCBA with Amlogic S912-H (the -H meaning that Dolby and DTS licenses are already paid for, and also that there is no analog video output included)
- The S92-V01 PCBA with Amlogic S912 which has no downmix of dolby audio (no licences paid) but includes analog video output.
These mainboards are designed by ENY brand of tv boxes.
What to expect from different OTT media player brands
The media player brands may differ on case design (which in turn is very important for heat dissipation) and firmware updates / compatibility: A badly customized Android OS may turn your TV Box into a virtual brick for certain tasks.
I will never forget the firmware problems with my Sunwell T95 Android OTT: I had to wait like six months for a firmware version that fixed a weird Netflix and Youtube bug.