Long Minix has kept secret, probably because the new Mini PC has cost months and development resources, but it is time to find their cards. Minix NEO U1 Media Hub is the first high-end Android SoC with quad-core Amlogic S905 in the list of the Chinese company. It is certainly not new to the area (there are already a couple of products in circulation with the same characteristics as Beelink Mini MX), but the new model of Minix is different for a technical definitely more powerful.
Minix NEO U1
Minix NEO U1 will be based SoC quad-core Amlogic S905 (Cortex-53) with Mali-450 GPU, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory eMMC 5.0 (MLC). In short, a platform with an edge over competitors with the same CPU but usually equipped with 1GB and 8GB of NAND flash memory. The Chinese company has developed a high-end device, he believes very much to think that sales will exceed those of the flagship model X8 NEO-H Plus because it has more features and a lower price.
As for connectivity, the company has integrated three USB ports (on the right side), Kensington Lock, audio jack, microSD card slot, a micro USB port, an HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) to support 4K video @ 60Hz, compared with 4K video @ 30Hz are supported by the Neo-X8 H Plus, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band 2×2 MIMO for more power and signal stability, Bluetooth 4.1 and Gigabit Ethernet. The operating system will be Android 5.1 instead Lollipop with classic MINIX Launcher and a streamlined user interface and “more like Android TV”, to improve browsing through the settings menu.
Essentially, Minix NEO U1 will be the successor of NEO-X8 H Plus with a new platform and some change only in the arrangement of interfaces. The Mini PC can be turned on / off via a supplied infrared remote control (so you will not need to use the hard button in the frame as in other models) and will receive all system updates via FOTA. Minix NEO U1 will be available on the market from next week at a price that would be around 130 euro (or maybe not)