Zidoo H6 Pro offering 6k media decoding

The Zidoo H6 Pro mediaplayer introduces HEVC 6k media decoding and playing (at 30 fps).

Zidoo H6 Pro AllWinner h6This feature is provided by the Allwinner h6 chipset, inside the Zidoo H6 PRO TV Box.

The Zidoo H6 Pro also boasts Android Nougat,  running over DDR4 2GB RAM and including eMMC 16GB Flash ram. It also supports AC WIFI and includes an 1000M LAN ethernet jack.

There is also support forBluetooth 4.1.  On the software side, it can cope with HDR 10 bit decoding and Dolby Digital DTS-HD.  Smartcolor 3.0.

The AllWinner h6 chipset was just announced on June 2017 and I wasn’t expecting such speed into materializing inside a real media player, with solidified specs for some months.

It seems I was wrong ,since right now you can already purchase the Zidoo H6 media player at less than 100 usd on Geekbuting.com (follow this link if you are interested).

What about 6K support on Zidoo H6 Pro ?

While the 6k decoding inside the Zidoo H6 Pro might be an interesting feat, it remains to be seen which kind of media (and display) are available at this time to take advantage of this pixel count.

It is true that the media broadcast and distribution industry might have their goal on ever upgrading into better resolutions, but AFAIK the next jump (from 4K at this time) would be right into the 8K resolution path.

The 8K goal seems to be a strong bet for the (immediate) future as Japan has been boasting about broadcasting the next 2020 olympic games at such resolution, for some time now.

But then … 6K capability ? at this time. Well maybe it can be seen as technology “baby steps” towards 8k.

Zidoo H6 Pro specifications

Zidoo H6 Pro specs are -as happens with every chipset- intimately tied with it.

GeneralBrand: ZIDOO
Model: H6 PRO
Type: TV Box
Color: Champagne Gold
HardwareOS: Android 7.0
CPU: AllWinner H6 Quad-core ARM Cortex TM -A53 Processor
GPU: Mali-T720MP2
Memory: 2GB DDR4
Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC
CommunicationWifi Connectivity: 802.11AC WIFI
Ethernet: 1*RJ-45 Ethernet Jack (10/100/1000Mbps)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Media Video decode:
HDR10 and HLG video processing
H265/HEVC Main/Main10 profile@Level5.2 High-tier ;4K@60fps, up to 6Kx4K@30fps
H264/AVC BP/MP/HP@level5.1, MVC, 4K@30fps
VP9,Profile 0/2, 4K@30fps
VP6/VP8, 1080P@60fps
MPEG1/MPEG2 SP@ML, MP@HL, 1080P@60fps
MPEG4 SP@level 0~3, ASP@level 0~5, GMC, short header format, 1080P@60fps
AVS+/AVS JIZHUN profile@level 6.0, 1080P@60fps
VC-1 SP@ML, MP@HL, AP@level 0~3, 1080P@60fps
Supports Frame Buffer Compression(FBC)
Output pixel format configurable,YUV420/YV12/NV12/…
Audio decode:
MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/AC3/DTS/FLAC/APE
Picture decode:
HD JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/TIFF
InterfaceHDMI Out:Standard HDMI 2.0a@60hz
1 * USB3.0
2 * USB2.0
*External power needed if USB connects to over 1TB mobile HDD
1 * TF card reader SD card interface . Support 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB
1 * IR receiver
1 * AV OUT Composite video and audio port (Cvbs output)
1 * OPTICAL (2CH, 5.1CH)
Power DC 5V/2A
Dimensions&WeightProduct size (L x W x H): 179x144x65mm
Product weight: 0.62kg
Package Contents1 * TV box
1 * Bluetooth Remote control
1 * HDMI cable
1 * Power adapter
1 * User manual

My last thoughts are a bit on the mixed side. I like the fact that the Zidoo H6 Pro includes a bluetooth remote control.

But then I dislike it only has 2gb of Ram, at this premium price.  Also the 4 A53 cores are just a bit oldish and sluggish for me at this time.

I am not a big enthusiast of AllWinner chipsets. At least yet, but I keep an open mind: Let’s see how this TV Box behaves in real life, under the different benchmarks the enthusiasts will inevitably throw at it over the next weeks.

All in all, I would still consider buying the Zidoo H6 Pro just for the revamped interface and the bluetooth RC.

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