MINIX Media Hubs for Android
There are a total of eight MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ – NEO X5 mini, NEO X5, NEO X6, NEO X7 mini, NEO X7, NEO X8 Plus, NEO X8-H Plus and NEO Z64 Android OS, each with a variety of specifications and features to cater to our different customer’s needs and demands.
In terms of interfaces, users are given two choices – whether they wish to use the native Android home screen or our customized launcher. The native Android home screen should be familiar to most users, and is the standard home screen found on most Android tablets and smartphones, whilst the Launcher offers extremely simple navigation using the included IR-Remote. The choice is purely based upon your preference.
(MINIX Launcher on MINIX Media Hubs for Android™)
AirPin PRO & Screencast
AirPin PRO App – AirPin PRO is a great application for all Apple iOS customers using our Media Hubs for Android™. It enables the AirPlay feature on iOS to be compatible with our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™, so you can stream any audio or video content from your iPhone, iPad or iTunes onto your TV. No need to install anything, as long as the MINIX Media Hub for Android™ and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi connection then you can use immediately, simply activate the AirPlay feature on your iOS device when playing media content. Also, a fantastic new feature of AirPin PRO is the ability to mirror the image from your iOS device on to your TV.
For more information regarding AirPin PRO please visit : http://www.waxrain.com.
(AirPin PRO pre-installed on all Media Hubs for Android™)
Screencasting – Screencasting lets you mirror the content from your Android Smartphone or Tablet on to your TV screen. So, simultaneously the movie you are watching on your Android Tablet will appear on your TV screen, playing in real-time! The same works with games, why play Angry Birds on your Smartphone when you can let the whole family join in and have the game simultaneously appear on the TV screen. In order to Screencast on our RockChip based devices NEO X5 mini, NEO X5, NEO X7 mini, NEO X7 – you should use the pre-installed Wi-Fi Display App. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi Display is not compatible with Samsung and Sony devices. Please see link for quick ‘How To Guide’ for Wi-Fi Display: http://blog.laptopmag.com/miracast-android-mini-pc.
Does MINIX often release firmware upgrades?
MINIX continuously releases new firmwares for all our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ – including the NEO X5 mini, NEO X5, NEO X6, NEO X7 mini, NEO X7, NEO X8 Plus, NEO X8-H Plus and NEO Z64 Android OS – to enhance the user experience.
Our official firmwares, both current and previous versions, are available to download from the official Forum : http://www.minixforum.com
How can I connect to the internet?
There are two ways to connect your MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ to the internet – either via the Ethernet port or Wi-Fi. All our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ have built in Ethernet ports – which when used improve streaming / download speed.
Can I browse the web using a MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ ?
Yes, all our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ come pre-installed with stock browser. Simply plug in the device and immediately you will be able to surf-the-web on your TV.
(Stock browser is pre-installed on all MINIX Media Hubs for Android™)
Can I watch Full HD 1080p video content?
All our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™, including both dual-core and quad-core, come pre-installed with stock music and video players – capable of Full HD 1080p playback, and support the vast majority of video and audio formats. So you can sit back and watch all your favourite movies in perfect quality. In addition to the stock video player, other media players such as MX Player, Archos Video Player and Kodi/XBMC are all available to download.
(All MINIX NEO Series devices are equipped for Full HD playback)
Can I watch 4K UHD video content?
Our latest quad-core MINIX Media Hubs for Android™, NEO X8 Plus and NEO X8-H Plus, offer exquisite 4K UHD video playback via the pre-installed 4K media player app. Also pre-installed on NEO X8 Plus and NEO X8-H Plus is our latest edition of XBMC MINIX Edition (Gotham v13.3.3), which delivers the World’s 1st True 4K XBMC Experience on Android – offering flawless 4K playback.
(NEO X8 Plus and NEO X8-H Plus offer 4K UHD Video Playback)
Our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ come full equipped with USB ports (the quantity of ports is dependent upon the model) so you can plug in your external hard drive (up to 2.5TB) and simply scroll through your content and select whatever you may wish to watch. Most external hard drives do not require an external power source to work, and can be sufficiently powered by the MINIX Media Hub for Android™ via the USB port.
Can I stream online media content?
Yes, all of our Media Hubs for Android™, both dual-core and quad-core, are capable of Full HD real-time streaming (though this is dependent upon the speed of your internet connection).
Whether wanting to browse YouTube, watch TEDTalks, catch up on your favourite TV shows on BBC iPlayer, or see the latest Hollywood Blockbuster on Netflix all can be done using our range of MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ (regional restrictions may apply). Netflix is available on all our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™, and can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store. Please note that our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ only support standard definition Netflix, Netflix 1080p HD and 4K UHD is not available on any of our devices.
(Netflix available on all MINIX Media Hubs for Android™)
For those keen to use Kodi/XBMC, all of our devices are Kodi/XBMC compatible and streaming in both 720p and 1080p is possible. There are many different versions of Kodi/XBMC available,however we currently recommend XBMC MINIX Edition (Gotham), which we have developed in partnership with the developers at Kodi/XBMC. XBMC MINIX Edition (Gotham) is based upon Gotham v13.3.3 and has been modified to provide the optimum XBMC experience on Android™.
(Kodi/XBMC available on all MINIX Media Hubs for Android™)
Our range of MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ also offer music streaming, apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Cloud Player and SoundCloud are all available to download (regional restrictions may apply).
(Spotify available on all MINIX Media Hubs for Android™)
Can I play games, and what games are compatible?
There is a huge variety of games available to download that are fully compatible with our range of media hubs. Popular titles, such as Angry Birds and Plants Vs. Zombies etc… all work, whether using our dual-core or quad-core devices.
(Angry Birds available to download for the MINIX NEO Series)
For those more passionate about gaming, and looking to play high graphic intensive games, such as Shadowgun, N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 4, Rip Tide 2 etc. it’s best to opt for our range of quad-core media hubs – NEO X7 mini, NEO X7, NEO X8 Plus and NEO X8-H Plus – for smoother performance. Whilst, such games can be played on our dual-core media hubs the performance and speed is far superior on our range of quad-core media hubs, especially the NEO X8 Plus and NEO X8-H Plus due to their Octo-Core GPU.
(Asphalt Airborne 8 available to download for the MINIX NEO Series)
What else do MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ offer?
Skype – All our MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ are compatible with Skype. Gone are the days of needing to crowd around a laptop screen, now the whole family can join in conversations from the comfort of the sofa.
(Skype pre-installed on all MINIX Media Hubs for Android™)
Wi-Fi Hotspot – All MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ can be used as a Wi-Fi Hotspot, providing a Wi-Fi connection to your other devices, such as laptop, smartphone, or tablet, similar to that of a conventional router. Your MINIX Media Hubs for Android™ must be connected via Ethernet to activate this feature.
(Wi-Fi Hotspot available on the NEO X5 mini, X5, X6, X7 mini, X7, X8 Plus, X8-H Plus)
How about Bluetooth support?
All our high-end models – NEO X5, NEO X6, NEO X7 mini, NEO X7, NEO X8 Plus, NEO X8-H Plus, Z64 Android OS – have Bluetooth 4.0 support, though NEO X5 mini does not. So if you want to use your Bluetooth keyboard, mouse or games controller then you need to buy one of the six models that support this feature.
(Bluetooth 4.0 available on the NEO X5, X6, X7 mini, X7, X8 Plus, X8-H Plus, Z64 Android OS)