Some Amlogic S912 based media players are starting to emerge on the market, most of them in “pre-sale” status.
You can read all the details on the Amlogic S912 chipset on our earlier article, but the most salient details includes an octacore ARM A53 processor, a high end graphics co-processor (MaLi T820) and the capability of decoding not only HDR10.
If the the appropriate licences are paid for, and the correct S912 chipset version is on-board, you may also enjoy the holy grail of future proof media-streaming: Dolby Vision HDR.
Amlogic S912 Media Players announced and on pre-sale
Several TV box brands are already presenting their first S912 based media players. All of them are probably based on the same developer board inside.
Also, this first batch of S912 TV Boxes says nothing about Dolby Vision compatibility.
- Nexbox introduces the Nexbox A1 media player, on pre-sale.
- Videostrong presents the VideoStrong KB3 Tv box (running android 5.1.1). In addition, on their Alibaba webpage they are offering the KM8 Pro media player.
- Qintex is offering their Qintex Q912 OTT box, apparently including an aluminium case and clock display.
Before purchasing an Amlogic S912 based media player
If you are buying a TV box with the S912 chipset inside, you may want to check that Dolby Vision decoding is enabled on it, along with the usual considerations:
Search for a nice (known) brand, including at least a promise of future firmware updates, coupled with a standard hardware assembly quality.
It may be a bit early yet for picking an S912 based TV Box at this time, but if you absolutely must buy one, my recommendation would be the Nexbox A1 media player.