The MINIX Neo X8 Android TV box features an Amlogic S802 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, at least 8GB of storage, and Android 4.4 KitKat software. It supports 4K Ultra HD video playback, and comes with XBMC media center software preloaded.
Announced in April, the MINIX Neo X8 is now up for pre-order, along with the MINIX Neo X8s, a model with more storage and better audio.
Both devices feature 3 USB 2.0 ports, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and S/PDIF. And both have an external antenna and IR receiver for use with a remote control.
What makes the Neo X8s a little different is the Amlogic S802-H processor with Dolby Digital Audio and the extra storage: it comes with 16GB of built-in storage while the cheaper model has just 8GB. Both devices have microSD card slots for additional storage.
There are cheaper options for folks looking for an Amlogic S802-powered box designed to bring Android apps to a TV. The Tronsmart Vega S89 sells for $105, the Measy B4A costs $96, and the MBOX M8 is $97.
But MINIX has a pretty good reputation for offering products in this category with decent performance. It’s also one of the few Amlogic S802 boxes to feature an external antenna so far, although it’s not clear if that means it has better WiFi reception than the competition.