Bluetimes builds dual-core TV box/compact PC

mx5Chipmaker AMLogic and its AML8726L Cortex A9 processor have been popular with enthusiasts given its ability to run Ubuntu Linux. But as points out, there aren’t too many devices with dual-core AMLogic chips floating around on the market.

Enter Bluetimes, one of the growing number of low-cost Chinese operators with a Mele-style TV box called the MX5, featuring AMLogic’s AML8726-M6 dual-core Cortex A9 processor.┬áThe chip features ARM’s Mali400 GPU.

The MX5 has a good list of features that’d also make a nice little low-cost PC. It comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash storage, expandable through its SD card flash slot. It’s expandable further thanks to two USB2.0 host ports.

Like most TV boxes, this one comes with both HDMI and composite-video outputs, along with S/PDIF digital audio output and standard stereo analog RCA outputs.

Connectivity is good with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking plus 100Mbps Fast Ethernet.

The operating system powering it is Android 4.2, but it’s likely there’ll also be a Linux distro somewhere along the line.

A standard 5V/2A power brick is also supplied.

Price is just $70 and it’s available from the usual suspects (Aliexpress etc).


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