New Box with low cost Rockchip RK3318 SoC that lands in Chinese stores under the name of Magicsee N5 NOVA. A Smart Box that arrives with some extra that we had not seen in other boxes equipped with this SoC so far, this model has WiFi aC and a remote control with microphone to give voice commands to the system. Some extras that are noticed in its price and that leave the cost of this box at the height of others with a better SoC. We assume shortly we will have price cut in a few weeks that will make this box gain some appeal.
We can see the performance of the Magicsee N5 NOVA in the review of a similar Box with the same SoC that we have already analyzed. This Android TV-Box that can be used as a basic 4K media player with KODI or IPTV and in it we can also run simple games without too much demand for resources. Remember that these economic Boxes do not have secured support and do not have DRM certificates, so we can only see Netflix in the most basic image quality. If you are interested in watching paid streaming in HD or 4K quality you can see our TV-Box list with DRM certificates compatible with these streaming services.
SoC, RAM and storage
The Smartsee N5 NOVA Smart TV Box features the Rockchip RK3318 SoC that integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 processors capable of reaching 1.5Ghz and a Mali-450 MP5 GPU that includes native H.265 and VP9 video decoding even in 4K@60fps resolutions with support for HDR. This Box also includes on the motherboard 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 64 GB of eMMc storage memory that we can expand by adding a memory card in the included microSD card reader.
At the level of wireless connections this TV-Box has WiFi aC Dual Band with internal antenna and Bluetooth 4.0. On the sides of the box we find a USB 3.0 port, another USB 2.0, 10/100 network connector, analog AV jack, SPDIF digital audio output and an HDMI 2.0 port that allows up to 4K@60ps video resolutions.
Price and availability in stores
- The Magicsee N5 NOVA TV-Box can be purchased at Gearbest.com for $49.99 (€44.75) with free shipping.