The R-Box Pro is a media player based on Amlogic s912 chipset, offering HDR 4K video for a reasonable price.
You 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
|Operating System||Android 6.0|
|CPU||Amlogic S912 Octa core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2GHz (DVFS)|
|GPU||ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz (DVFS)|
|RAM||3GB or 2GB DDRIII|
|Extended Storage||TF CARD Support 1~32GB|
|Wifi Connectivity||AP6330 2.4GHZ/5.8GHZ 802.11a/b/g/n|
|Video Supported||Video Output:|
Built-in HDMI 2.0a transmitter including both controller and PHY with HDR, CEC and HDCP 2,2, 4Kx2K@60 max
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 Supported||Audio Container:supports MP3 / AAC / WMA / RM / FLAC / OGG and programmable with 5.1 down-mixing|
Audio Ou:HDMI/SPDIF Data Output
|Picture Supported||HD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF|
|HDMI Port||HDMI 2.0|
2*USB host + 1*USB OTG
1*Micro SD card (TF card) reader
1*RJ45 LAN Port
|Other Features||Support DLNA, Google TV Remote, LAN, 3D Moive, Email, Office suit etc|
|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.