R-Box Pro Amlogic s912 4K HDR

The R-Box Pro is a media player based on Amlogic s912 chipset, offering HDR 4K video for a reasonable price.

R-Box Pro S912 Media playerYou can currently find this TV Box on pre-sale: You can check the actual price by following this link into an online store.

R-Box is a somewhat established name -I am not 100% comfortable on venturing it as a brand- which has been present with earlier OTT boxes on different online stores for a while by now.

This “historic” market presence may grant some solid basis about product quality, which encouraged us into publishing this article.

Before delving into our usual rants, one particular specification allows this media player to be highlighted above others: There is a 3GB RAM version being offered.

A first for media player boxes, this generous amount of RAM is a welcome option.

Who is behind the R-Box Pro ?

I tried to correlate the R-Box Pro with a proper manufacturer or eventually a firmware developers team. My search results where not encouraging:

Sadly enough, I discovered several different chinese companies behind the different R-Box media players models sale on alibaba.com.

So this result, in turn, is not encouraging when thinking about firmware updates. On the other hand, you can easily find several firmware updates for earlier R-Box media players, available from public file download websites, by googleing “R-Box firmware update”.

While trying not to be overly pessimistic about software and OS bugs comfortably living inside the first firmware version of the R-Box Pro, I would wait until there are some real reviews and even a firmware update available, before purchasing this media player.

R-Box Pro specifications

General
ModelR-BOX Pro
Quantity1 Piece
ColorBlack
System
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0
CPUAmlogic S912 Octa core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2GHz (DVFS)
GPUARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz (DVFS)
RAM3GB or 2GB DDRIII
ROM16GB EMMC
Extended StorageTF CARD Support 1~32GB
Communication
Wifi ConnectivityAP6330  2.4GHZ/5.8GHZ  802.11a/b/g/n
Ethernet10/100/1000M
Bluetooth4.0
Media
Video SupportedVideo Output:
Built-in HDMI 2.0a transmitter including both controller and PHY with HDR, CEC and HDCP 2,2, 4Kx2K@60 max
resolution output
Video Codecs:
VP9-10 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K@60fps
H.265 HEVC MP-10@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K@60fps
H.264 AVC HP@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K@30fps
H.264 MVC up to 1080P @60fps
MPEG-4 ASP@L5 up to 1080P@60fps (ISO-14496)
WMV/VC-1 SP/MP/AP up to 1080P@60fps
AVS-P16(AVS+) /AVS-P2 JiZhun Profile up to 1080P@60fps
MPEG-2 MP/HL up to 1080P@60fps (ISO-13818)
MPEG-1 MP/HL up to 1080P@60fps (ISO-11172)
RealVideo 8/9/10 up to 1080P@60fps
WebM up to VGA
Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support
MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixel resolution decoding (ISO/IEC-10918)
Supports JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects
Supports *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.iso, *.mp4, *.rm and *.jpg file
Audio SupportedAudio Container:supports MP3 / AAC / WMA / RM  / FLAC / OGG and programmable with 5.1 down-mixing
Audio Ou:HDMI/SPDIF Data Output
Picture SupportedHD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
Resolution4K2K@60FPS
Interfaces
HDMI PortHDMI 2.0
Other Interfaces1*HDMI
2*USB host + 1*USB OTG
1*SPDIF
1*AV
1*Micro SD card (TF card) reader
1*RJ45 LAN Port
1*DC
Other FeaturesSupport DLNA, Google TV Remote, LAN, 3D Moive, Email, Office suit etc
Power5V/2A
Package Contents
1 x TV box
1 x IR remote
1 x HDMI cable
1 x Power adapter (A right AC Adapter will be sent as your shipping country)
1 x User manual

As you can check on these preliminary specifications, there is no mention about Dolby Vision HDR compatibility on the R-Box Pro media player, which is a shame, and thus we still are yet to discover an Amlogic S912 based media player that makes actual use of such HDR chipset capability.

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