As promised, Minix Neo U1 is on sale in the Chinese market, and thus indirectly also for us. The Mini PC was presented a few weeks ago and immediately won because, unlike other devices based on the SoC Amlogic S905, Minix Neo U1 belongs to a higher-end despite having a very attractive price, lower than expected. You can find it in stock from Gearbest priced at 121.92 euro (link to product), with EU plug (so you will not need adapters to connect it to the current) and mini-keyboard UKB-500 free. If we do this, add the shipment in Italy is free, the offer becomes a must.
In addition to the chip Amlogic S905 quite powerful, a quad-core 64-bit core Cortex-A53 and Mali-450 GPU, Minix Neo U1 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory eMMC 5.0 (MLC) and a set of interfaces very complete. On the sides of the frame (12.7 x 12.7 x 2.2 cm to 270 grams), still in black plastic reminiscent of his predecessor NEO-X8 H Plus, the Chinese company has integrated three USB ports (on the right), S / PDIF, Kensington Lock, 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD card slot to expand storage up to 64GB, a micro USB port and a HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) to support 4K video @ 60Hz. The showy antenna on the back, also reminds us of the presence of a WiFi module 802.11ac dual-band 2×2 MIMO (a much more stable and fast), supported by the module Bluetooth 4.1 and Gigabit Ethernet.
The operating system is Android 5.1 Lollipop which, thanks to the MINIX Launcher and a streamlined user interface, should be very similar to Android TV improving the multimedia experience and providing access to over 800,000 apps, including Facebook, Youtube, Picasa , Skype, Netflix, XBMC, Hulu and many others.
A new feature introduced with Minix NEO U1, absent in the other models in the range, is the ability to turn on / off the Mini PC Remote with an IR remote control which you will find in the box with the keyboard, the usual USB and HDMI cables and a user manual in English. In short, it is an excellent deal not to be missed.