The Zidoo D1 is an Android TV box that has a couple of unique aspects to it. Firstly, it’s powered by the ALi M3733 chipset which is relatively uncommon in the Android TV box space. The other is that it features a DVB-T2 TV tuner, allowing you to watch free-to-air TV directly on your box like the WeTek Play.
The Zidoo D1 has a rounded “TV box” form factor and appears to come exclusively in white, unlike the recently announced Zidoo X1.
Zidoo D1 Technical Specifications
- Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4.4
- Chipset: ALi M3733
- CPU: Dual Core Cortex A9 processor
- GPU: Mali-400
- Memory: 512M or 1GB DDR3
- Internal Storage: 4G or 8GB NandFlash
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, 10/100 Ethernet
- Audio/Video Output: HDMI 1.4, Composite Video Out, RF In, RF Out
- Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0
- Other: Power switch
- Power Supply: 5V 2A
Inside the box, Zidoo have included a HDMI cable, IR remote, power adapter and user manual.
Based on the product images, Zidoo are showing off something called the “DVB-T2 UI” which looks significantly different to the one on the Zidoo X9. Over on FreakTab, Zidoo have posted some “leaked” photos of the UI in action and it looks pretty impressive.
It also seems that Zidoo have developed a remote control smartphone app which is a great feature.
However, the sheer number of “ors” inside the technical specifications suggest that Zidoo are still in the process of developing the product.
I’m personally hoping that they opt for a larger internal storage, as 4GB would be far too small to be useful in my experience. It’s also unfortunate that there is no microSD card slot, as a device like this seems ideal to use for recording TV.
The choice of the ALi M3733 SoC is interesting and I am interested to see how it performs relative to other chipsets. However, it does seem that this won’t be a gaming device, as the Mali-400 GPU is ancient in technology terms.
On the plus side, Zidoo have regularly updated the Zidoo X9 software with bug fixes and new features so having a company dedicated to their devices is a massive plus.[via Zidoo]