The Egreat A10 is an expensive media player. The steep price surely is due to the ample and unique features list this Android TV box includes.
Perhaps you could argue that more than expensive, the Egreat A10 is actually “highly valued”, meaning that the hefty price is justified.
I personally would tend to agree with the “valued” instead of “expensive”, only if the Egreat A10 would cost 50 USD less than actual price.
For a start, it is powered by a HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 chipset with quad-core 64bit Cortex A53 CPU and quad-core Mail-720 GPU. Thus, overall performance of the Egreat A10 is amongst the best of any Android box.
The Egreat A10 will also occupy a larger space than most media players out there. It is about 31 cm wide and 25.5cm on the depth side.
The HDD slot can be comfortably accessed from the front, which opens down in order to reveal an easy to eject HDD tray. Because of this, you may place the Egreat A10 y a low horizontal cabinet, over / under your TV and just cope with it like you would with your amplifier or older disc-based players.
Egreat A10 Highlights
Considering Egreat A10 chipset, the Mali-720 GPU is approx 5x more powerful per core than Mali-450 commonly found in other OTA and HDD media players.
The memory specs are not particularly brilliant, including 2gb RAM and 16gb of flash storage. For such a price, I would expect at least 3gb of ram and probably twice flash memory for my downloaded apps.
The HiSilicon chipset provides Wide-Color Gamut HDR/HDR10, 10Bit Deep Color, 1.07 Billion Colors. On the network side, this media player includes AC WIFI, Gigabit LAN & Bluetooth 4.0.
About WIFI and Ethernet: Please notice the two antennas on the first picture, which are not present on the second one: You can take off those antennas if you plan to use your Egreat A10 with an ethernet based connection.
On the HDD side, the Egreat A10 supports 3.5 inch hard disks, with up to 8Tb of storage space. The SAMBA server comes already preinstalled, so you can use your media player as a NAS storage right out of the box. Nice.
The HDD case is built in metal, supposedly tested on insertion / ejection about 100000 times, for durability (frankly, this last bit of information I am sure no one will care for).
On the OS side, it comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop. The Egreat A10 comes with the Play Store pre-installed with access to all apps, allowing easy app installation. It also comes with a pre-installed Chrome browser version including Flash 11 and HTML5. Key Android apps like BBC iPlayer, Youtube, Skype, Netflix are compatible.
Full specifications for Egreat A10
- OS： Google Android 5.1.1
- File System：EXT3, EXT4, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, GPT
- HiVXE2.0 video decode engine
- H.265/HEVC Main/Main10 profile@Level5.1 Hight-tier, 4Kx2K@60fps and 1x1080p@30fps parallel decoding
- H.264 AVC BP/MP/HP@L5.1, H.264/AVC MVC up to 1080p@30fps
- VP9 up to 4Kx2K@60fps
- VP6/8 up to 1080p@60fps
- Video Decoder：MPEG1 up to 1080p@60fps
- MPEG-2 SP@ML,MP@HL, up to 1080p@60fps
- MPEG-4 SP@L0-3,ASP@0-5, support GMC, support Short-Header format, up to 1080p@60fps
- AVS JiZhun Profile@6.0, AVS-P16(AVS+), up to 1080p@60fps
- VC-1 SP@ML, MP@HL, AP@L0-3, up to 1080p@60fps
- Video Formats： MKV, ISO, MP4, AVI, MOV, MPG, MPEG, WMV, DAT etc.
- Graphics and Display Processing： HDR10 support
- Subtitle： SRT, SSA, PGS, SMI MPEG L1/L2 Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Decoder-Converter Dolby True HD DTS HD/DTS M6 Dolby Digital/DTS pass throught
- Audio Decoder： AAC-LC, HE AAC V1/V2 APE/FLAC/OGG/AMR-NB/WB G.711(u/a) Dolby MS12 decode & sound effect HE-AAC transcoding DD(AC3) support
- Audio Formats： APE, FLAC, WAV, AAC, WMA, MP3, AMR, MID, OGG etc.Full HD JPEG hardware decoding up to 64 million pixels
- Picture Formats: JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP etc.
- Language: English, Simplified Chinese etc (will add new languages according to user needs)
- DLNA Protocol: Support DLNA Protocol
- File share: Samba, NFS
- 1 x A10 UHD Media Player
- 1 x IR remote control
- 1 x AC power cable
- 1 x SATA cable
- 1 x HDMI cable
- 1 x AV cable
- 1 x User Manual
Some reviewers over the net also state that upon powering on the Egreat A10 for first time, a new firmware was available.They predict that Egreat company will provide with steady firmware updates for this device.
Given the price of the Egreat A10 I would certainly hope so: I would expect it to give me several years of media playing usage.
Now, for the last bit of information: Behold ! Specially if you do not need that HDD inside your Android box … There is a smaller cased version with no HDD support, the Egreat A5, which you can also find online on amazon store.