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MINIX has been a favorite of ours here at mascordbrownz.com ever since we first got our hands on the NEO X7. So, we were very excited when MINIX unveiled the NEO x8 back in April at the năm trước Hong Kong Electronics Fair.The NEO X8 & NEO X8-H have been out for a few weeks now, but we haven’t had the opportunity khổng lồ give our review sample the attention it deserves. Well, it’s time lớn fix that! Here’s our in-depth review of the MINIX NEO X8.


Nope, you’re not seeing double. There are two new versions of MINIX’s flagship game android TV box: The NEO X8 and NEO X8-H. What’s the difference, you ask? It’s actually fairly simple. The spec that’s going lớn jump out at you is that the NEO X8-H has 16GB of eMMC flash storage – double that of the NEO X8. But that’s not the important part. The real advantage khổng lồ the NEO X8-H is that it includes the Amlogic S802-H CPU which supports hardware decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Bypass audio formats through HDMI.

The Amlogic S802 is the quad-core replacement for the dual-core MX chip found in popular streaming boxes like the G-Box Midnight MX2. The S802 continues Amlogic’s solid history of XBMC support, but increases performance dramatically. The average Amlogic MX based chip will report Antutu benchmarks of around 10,000. We’ll show the Antutu score from the MINIX Neo X8 a bit later in our Setup và Benchmarks section. But, let’s just say you’ll be impressed. It will be interesting lớn see how this player stacks up when the Rockchip RK3288 based devices, including the rumored NEO X9, come out later this year.

ProcessorQuad-Core Cortex A9r4 Processor
GPUOcto-Core Mali 450
Memory2GB DDR3
Internal Storage16GB eMMC
Wireless Connectivity802.11n Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.8GHz), bluetooth 4.0
OSAndroid™ KitKat 4.4
Video OutputHDMI™ 1.4b, up khổng lồ 4K
Audio OutputHDMI™ 1.4b, 3.5mm stereo jack, optical SPDIF
Peripheral InterfaceRJ-45 Ethernet jack (10/100Mbps)
SD/MMC card reader (SD 3.0, MMC V4.41), tư vấn HDMI-CEC
USB 2.0 port x 3, OTG port x 1
Microphone jack, headphone jack,IR receiver (remote included)
PowerDC 5V, 3A adapter included (CE, FCC, CCC certified)

The NEO X8 & NEO X8-H offer support for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K đoạn clip playback right out of the box. This means you get up to four times the detail as in regular 1080p televisions – eight million pixels compared lớn two million pixels. Without the techno-speak, this means you get an incredibly clear picture, better image texture & less pixelation than on regular high-definition signals.

Both new NEO models include a dual band Wi-Fi connection with an external antenna lớn allow for maximum network flexibility and stability. There is also a signal analyzer application which will allow you lớn fine-tune your network to lớn get the best performance. As with the NEO X7, firmware updates are available Over The Air (OTA), so you don’t need khổng lồ manually download and install new releases on your own. Of course, there is also công nghệ bluetooth 4.0 as well.


The ports on the NEO X8 are the same as those found on the NEO X7. There are 3 USB 2.0 ports, a wired Ethernet port, an optical audio out, HDMI, two 3.5mm jacks for headphones (like the MINIX NT-II) & microphone, và a micro-USB OTG port. Finally, the MINIX NEO X8 supports Ultra High speed (UHS) SD cards which allow file transfers at up lớn 104 MB per second.


As far as the design of the NEO X8, MINIX decided to lớn stick with what works. I really can’t say enough about the kiến thiết of the entire NEO series. The casing is matte black, with the MINIX hình ảnh sản phẩm in recessed gloss black. The rounded off corners are reminiscent of the táo bị cắn TV, except larger.

The táo bị cắn TV is a tiny 3.9 inches square và just under an inch high. The NEO X8, in comparison, is a considerably larger at 5 inches square & just over an inch tall – not including the antenna.

The antenna will địa chỉ another 5 inches lớn the height, so be sure to tài khoản for that when planning out your entertainment center.

As with most game android streaming boxes, the NEO X8 includes a basic IR Remote. The NEO series includes an internal IR sensor, so you won’t need to lớn string an unsightly wire khổng lồ the front of your TV. The remote is basic in terms of functionality, but it doesn’t feel cheap. The buttons & D-pad have a satisfying feel when pressed.

The remote works best when navigating the NEO’s Metro interface, but it does have some limitations. I found it impossible to navigate the Netflix phầm mềm successfully and had to resort to my wireless HTPC keyboard combo.

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There is an alternative, though. The NEO M1 Remote was introduced along with the NEO X8 and is the perfect combination. We’ll have a more detailed nhận xét later, but this USB GyroMouse (flymouse) will give you the freedom lớn access the NEO X8 just lượt thích you were using a touchscreen phone.

Of course, if you wanted something with more functionality, you could always try the NEO A2 air mouse as well. We definitely recommend an Air Mouse and you can kiểm tra out our Air Mouse Buyer’s Guide here!

The included accessories with the MINIX NEO X8 and NEO X8-H are the basic IR remote, nguồn adapter, dual-band antenna, HDMI cable, micro-USB cable và OTG cable.

I have lớn say that it’s always a nice surprise when a manufacturer includes an HDMI cable. It’s a $5 cable, but so many manufacturers don’t think enough of their customers to lớn include this necessary accessory. Kudos to lớn MINIX for taking care of your customers.

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Setup & Benchmarks


The days are over when setting up an android streaming box is difficult. Most players will boot straight up to lớn the familiar apk desktop và away you go. MINIX decided that they wanted to lớn take that off your hands too.

When you first turn on the MINIX NEO X8, you’re greeted with a Windows 8Windows Phone type interface, appropriately called the Metro interface. Don’t worry, though – MINIX knows Windows 8 sucks too. They took what worked, adapted it for a living room environment và threw out the rest. But we’ll get more into the Metro interface in a bit.

Now khổng lồ what you’ve all been waiting for: The benchmarks.


Our standard battery of clip files all played without a hitch. The NEO X8 played avi, mov, mp4 & mkv files perfectly. There was no loss in picture or sound quality. I tried lớn push the hardware a little harder, so I tried to lớn stream a 2GB mkv over my network và play it using XBMC. The large tệp tin size, coupled with the network transfer caused some stuttering in the playback. That was the only hiccup in an otherwise stellar video-watching marathon.

We also ran our standard battery of tests – CPU-Z và Antutu Benchmark. As you can see, the Antutu score was a very impressive: 22032, which is over double the performance of our previous favorite player, the G-Box Midnight MX2.

MINIX released new firmware for the NEO X8 & NEO X8-H. The results are pretty impressive. It boosted the AnTuTu score khổng lồ 28442!

MINIX Metro Interface


The MINIX NEO X8 comes installed with android 4.4 KitKat, but as we mentioned before, that’s not the normal home screen. MINIX included the Metro interface lớn make it simple for anyone lớn sit down on their couch & watch movies. Don’t worry, if you don’t like the Metro interface, you can always revert back khổng lồ the familiar game android UI.

There are pre-defined buckets (folders) where you can separate your favorite apps by category. Looking for Music? Click on the musical note. Want to lớn play a game? Click on the game controller. Everything is quite intuitive.The only drawback is that none of these buckets are populated the first time you turn the device on. But, this gives you the ability to địa chỉ cửa hàng only the apps you want, and not have lớn clean out the bloatware.


There are several utilities and cool extras included right out of the box. I’ve already mentioned the Wi-Fi Analyzer. There is also CloudTV, AirPlay Pro (normally a $5 app), ExpressVPN which is a VPN for android devices, và SOPCast, just to name a few. MINIX also includes native Miracast support in the NEO X8.

The NEO X8 ships with XBMC 13.2 Gotham, XBMC 13.2. This isn’t your normal, run-of-the-mill version of Gotham, though. This is the world’s first 4K XBMC. I wasn’t able to chạy thử the 4K capabilities, unfortunately. However, the majority of our đoạn clip testing was done through XBMC and it performed perfectly.

MINIX NEO X8: The Verdict

I can’t say enough good things about the MINIX NEO X8 và NEO X8-H. The performance is amazing. The Metro interface is incredibly powerful and flexible while still being simple enough for anyone to lớn use. It has a sleek kiến thiết that looks sophisticated enough lớn look at home next lớn the newest 4K TVs. Couple it with the NEO M1 motion-sensing remote & you have the makings of an awesome trang chủ entertainment system. If it sounds lượt thích we have a new favorite streaming TV box – we do!

Hi! My name is Callan Clemons. In 2013, I bought my first app android TV box. Và since then I am using different types of TV boxes. In this website, with my team, we are sharing our experiences, advices & tips with game android tv boxes with you.