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New Flagship Zidoo X10 Android TV Box Features Realtek RTD1295 and SATA Bay

Zidoo have teased their newest flagship Android TV box called the Zidoo X10. However, information is sparse at the moment.

The company has revealed that the Zidoo X10 is powered by the quadcore Realtek RTD1295.

It’ll also feature a 3.5″ SATA bay for adding a ”standard” 3.5″ hard drive for additional storage.

Zidoo X10 SATA Bay

Case shots reveal features similar to their current flagship, the Zidoo X9S:

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • A USB 3.0 port
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • HDMI In
  • HDMI and Composite Video out
  • Optical audio output

There’s also an LED display that shows the time and status indicators.

A small cutout at the back of the case suggests there’s an active cooling fan, which makes sense if you’ve got a 3.5″ HDD installed.

Zidoo X10 Rear

There’s no information which version of Android it’ll ship with, though my guess is Android 6.0 Marshmallow based on Zidoo’s other Realtek RTD1295 devices.

 

I really like the design of the new device, using a sleek brushed metal design in gunmetal gray. At this stage, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it looks like the best looking Zidoo Android TV box to date.

Keep posted for more info as it becomes available.

Zidoo Release Firmware 1.0.42 for the Zidoo X6 Pro Android TV Box

Zidoo have released updated a firmware for the Rockchip RK3368-powered Zidoo X6 Pro.

Firmware 1.0.42 brings a mix of new features and bug fixes.

I’ve embedded the full changelog below:

System

  • Added a function that wake up the standby TVset simultaneously when you power on the box.(HDMI CEC)
  • Upgraded HappyCast.This time the App been placed the user’s partition so that users can uninstall it as they like.

ZIUI Cool

  • The arrangement of apps in the Apps list enriched,there are 3 ways which are alphabetical,installation time and usage frequency to reorder apps.

Weather

  • Fixed the issue that fail to fetch the info from the server sometimes.

ApkInstaller

  • Fixed the installation error of some APP.

Theater

Optimized the UI

  • Add background bokeh effect
  • Fixed the issue that no defalut picture showed on the search UI
  • Fixed some translation mistakes

Added NFS support

  • Allow to add a custom NFS device
  • Added both devices and directory support

Added episodes system

  • The videos which have the same movie info will be combined into one “episodes” album, and be showed as one poster.
  • A list button added,users can choose and play.

Issues Fixed

  • Added a action to reflesh the tags when start the APP
  • Fixed a issue that display empty when enter a custom directory.
  • Fixed a issue that fail to scan when a file’s name is same as a device’s name
  • Fixed a mistake caused by mouse
  • Fixed a save problem after the scan

Improved the identify of the movies

  • “,”and “.”will be treated as blank

Filemanager

Optimized UI

  • Inconspicuous dialog improved
  • Jittering when enter the Favorite list improved.
  • Refresh the UI after delete files.

Graphic engine improved

Fixed issues

  • Aborted when scanning SMB devices.
  • Aborted when using mouse
  • Fail to exit when broswing the SMB devices and the network interrupted
  • Aborted sometimes when appearing translucence animation
  • Fail to display the favorite icon

Adjust some functions

  • Not to kill the entities of SMB and NFS when quit their UI lest affecting the APP which using SMB and NFS on background.

Stability improved

  • Handled the condition of network error from remote device.
  • Avoid the crash from fetch the device’s name.

You can download the OTA update from Zidoo here.

Instructions for how to upgrade your Zidoo device can be found over at their support site.

Zidoo Release Zidoo A5 and A5S Powered by the Amlogic S905X

Zidoo have been hard at work. After the recent release of the Zidoo X9S, the company is back with two new models – the Zidoo A5 and Zidoo A5S.

Both run Android 6.0 running on the quadcore Amlogic S905X. The A5 is lower-end model, featuring 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of eMMC storage, b/g/n wifi, 100Mbps Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Zidoo A5S gets a slight spec boost, with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, and dual band wireless AC.

From the marketing materials, both devices with feature Zidoo’s excellent ZIUI launcher plus their usual assortment of apps and features such as OTA updates and ZDMC – their custom Kodi fork.

zidoo-a5-ziui

Zidoo are also one of the better manufacturers in terms of support, with their devices receiving regular firmware updates after release unlike some manufacturers.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Zidoo A5/A5S Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter, and a user manual.

Where to Buy the Zidoo A5/A5S

You can buy the Zidoo A5/A5S from GeekBuying starting at $63 at the time of writing.

Check Price at GeekBuying

Zidoo Release Firmware 1.2.4 for the Zidoo X9S Android TV Box

Zidoo have released updated firmware for their new flagship Android TV box, the Zidoo X9S.

Firmware 1.2.4 brings with it a lengthy changelog, featuring a mix of new features and bugfixes.

I’ve embedded the full changelog below:

Fixed

System

  • Occasionally failure on the Auto OSD language setting (A CEC function)
  • Occasionally invalidation on the Auto Power On From TV setting(A CEC function)
  • Abnormally sound recorded from HDMI IN
  • Blurred or unstabble screen of a small number of the HDR videos
  • Some MVC MKV videos not that smooth
  • (6)Black screen occur to some MPEG4 encode videos

OPENWRT

  • The BT function issue fixed
  • The TimeMachine issue fixed

VideoPlayer

  • Subtitle be trimmed when it be moved to the bottom of screen.
  • Sometimes the 3D MVC videos displayed as 24Hz but not 23.976Hz in a certain condition.
  • Some spelling mistakes of UI revised.
  • DVD ISO can’t be controlled by remote for the focus lost.
  • Issue of set primary eye on watch 3D video(Right eye first).
  • Some MVC MKV have not be identified rightly as MVC format.
  • Videoplayer failed to exit when a error occurred in the meantime play mode set as single cycle.

Enhancements

System

  • A Color Mode Space setting added.(RGB 444,YUV444,YUV422,YUV420)
  • Set CEC Off as a default setting
  • Compatibility of playback improved.
  • IOS 10 supported in airplay and air mirror.

OPENWRT

  • Stability of OPENWRT system improved.

VideoPlayer

  • 3D to 2D function added.
  • The default value of character encoding of external subtitle’s will be saved after power off.
  • The speed of loading of video improved significantly.
  • 25fps and 50fps added in the switch of frame rates.
  • The bookmark closed as default.
  • The bookmark popup cancelled.
  • The fonts library of subtitle changed into a better one.

You can download the OTA update from Zidoo here.

Instructions for how to upgrade your Zidoo device can be found over at their support site.

Zidoo X9S Android 6.0 TV Box Now Available for Pre-Order

Following the appearance of the Zidoo X9S on its website, Zidoo’s latest flagship Android TV box is now available for pre-order at GeekBuying.

The Android 6.0 box has been listed for $149 as a pre-order. Orders are expected to ship around the end of August.

The Zidoo X9S is powered by the new quad-core Realtek RT1295 processor and feature 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, dual band wireless AC, and USB 3.0. HDMI In also makes an appearance – allowing you to record from connected devices.

In terms of operating systems, it’ll run both Android 6.0 Marshmallow and OpenWRT simultaneously.

The Zidoo X9S’ Mali-T820 MP3 GPU should give it some decent grunt gaming (though it’s not as powerful as the NVidia Shield TV).

Getting One

You can pre-order the Zidoo X9S from GeekBuying for $149 at the time of writing.

Use code “hometheatrelife” to get another 4% off!

Orders should ship at the end of August.

Zidoo X9S Gallery

Zidoo X9S Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Realtek RTD1295
  • CPU CPU
    Quad Core Cortex-A53 64bit
  • GPU
    ARM® Mali™-T820 MP3
  • Operating System
    Android 6.0 & OpenWRT
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB eMMC
    SATA 3.0
  • Other Features
    IR Reciever/Transmitter
    Aluminium Case
  • Power
    DC 12V/2A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
    Composite
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
    SP-DIF
    Composite
  • Other Interfaces
    HDMI 2.0 Input
    1x USB 3.0
    2x USB 2.0
    SATA 3.0

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Dual Band Wireless AC
  • Ethernet
    Gigabit
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

    Zidoo Announces Zidoo X8 Android Box, Reveals more about Zidoo X9S

    Zidoo have revealed a new Android TV box and unveiled new information about their upcoming flagship Android box, the Zidoo X9S.

    Meet the Zidoo X8

    Their newest box is called the Zidoo X8 and is also powered by the quadcore Realtek RTD1295 like the X9S. Zidoo appear to be the first company producing Android boxes based on this SoC.

    Based on the press release, the Zidoo X8 is positioned as a budget version of the Zidoo X9S with slightly lower specs and no SATA port.

    It features 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of eMMC storage, dual band wireless AC, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

    The Realtek RTD1295 also comes with a tri-core Mali T820 GPU which should offer decent gaming capabilities.

    Video recording is supported via the unit’s HDMI input. It supports 4K content, though it appears recordings are limited to 1080p at 30fps. I’m told the recording bitrate has been improved over the Zidoo X9 however.

    Zidoo will be offering their usual assortment of value added software, with NASKit (Zidoo’s file server app), Zidoo Theatre and ZDMC (Zidoo’s custom Kodi fork) pre-installed.

    New Details on the Zidoo X9S

    Zidoo-X9S-Android-N01

    It’s not just the Zidoo X8 that has been announced. Zidoo have also revealed the design of their flagship Zidoo X9S.

    Building upon the design of the Zidoo X9, the Zidoo X9S comes with an “space grey” aircraft-grade aluminum shell which the company says won’t show fingerprints at all. It’s nice to see a company explicitly mentioning the “fingerprint factor”.

    Where to buy the Zidoo X8 and Zidoo X9S

    There’s no pricing information available at this stage, the Zidoo X8 and Zidoo X9S aren’t available for purchase at the moment.

    Stay tuned for their imminent release.

    Zidoo X8 Technical Specifications

    General

    • Processor
      Realtek RTD1295
    • CPU CPU
      Quad Core Cortex-A53 64bit
    • GPU
      ARM® Mali™-T820 MP3
    • Operating System
      Android 6.0 & OpenWRT
    • RAM
      2GB DDR3
    • Storage
      8GB eMMC
    • Other Features
      IR Reciever/Transmitter
    • Power
      DC 12V/2A

    Interfaces

    • Video Output
      HDMI 2.0
      Composite
    • Audio Output
      HDMI 2.0
      SP-DIF
      Composite
    • Other Interfaces
      HDMI 2.0 Input
      1x USB 3.0
      2x USB 2.0

    Connectivity

    • WiFi
      Dual Band Wireless AC
    • Ethernet
      Gigabit
    • Bluetooth
      4.0

    Physical

      Zidoo X6 Pro v1.0.38 Firmware Released. OTA Available Next Week

      Zidoo have released their latest firmware for the Zidoo X6 Pro. Firmware v1.0.38 brings a whole host of bugfixes, in addition to the new Zidoo Helper app which features various guides and tutorials for the box.

      Zidoo X6 Pro v1.0.38 Firmware Changelog

      • Fixed the login issue(Google Play store)
      • Rewrote the ZDMC’s codec for Rockchip chipset by using a new method for passthrough. Update to 16.1,use the new audio API IEC61937,Fixed the issue of audio out of sync
      • Fixed the undetectable of sdcard sometimes
      • Adjusted and optimized some system permissions
      • Adjusted operation of adding device directory in ZIDOO Theater ,optimized scan mode to improve the matching accuracy
      • Solved the problem that ZIDOO Theater occasionally force stop
      • Solved MediaCenter occasionally “Unknown err” error result in failue of access the appropriate directory
      • Added the Zidoo Helper apk,you can search for useful userguide and tutorials in it
      • Optimized auto frame rate switching for 3d videos on VideoPlayer
      • Optimized compatibility of some third-party video applications

      You can grab the OTA update now from the Zidoo forum post and install it manually or wait for the OTA update to be loaded onto Zidoo’s servers next week.

      If you’re interested in the Zidoo X6 Pro Android box, I’d recommend checking out my detailed review. The Zidoo X6 Pro is available from GeekBuying, Banggood, AmazonAliExpress for around $100.