New Boxes from the China brand Mecool, which receive the names of MECOOL KM1 Classic, Deluxe and Collective depending on the combination of RAM and internal storage, all have Android TV 9.0 Certification. Apparently this TV-Box is a Mecool KM1 with a different box, a fairly common practice from this brand. A Smart Box that thanks to Google Certificate has support for ChromeCast (limited), it also includes a remote control with microphone to use Google Assistant and direct access keys to YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime video.
Despite the Google Certification as we have already said many times this Box cannot playback Netflix in 4K quality due to lack of permissions, but this time we are surprised that official support for Prime Video 4K is announced. We hope to have a unit soon to test it in detail and verify all these characteristics.
SoC, RAM and storage
The MECOOL KM1 has as its core the AMlogic S905X3 SoC, a Quad Core manufactured in 12nm that reaches up to 1.9 GHz speed and integrates a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, you can see the power of this SoC in a Comparative article for S905X3. This chip has four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores and also an NPU for iA. The VPU is an Amlogic Video Engine 10 with HDR Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG support among others.
The MECOOL KM1 Classic version has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMc storage memory, the MECOOL KM1 Deluxe model has 4GB RAM and 32GB of eMMc storage and the MECOOL KM1 Collective integrates 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMc storage . All of them can be expanded using the microSD card reader included in the box.
At the wireless connectivity level, we find a Wifi aC Dual Band 2T2R board with internal antenna and Bluetooth 4.2. The connectors included in the plastic box are few, just a USB 2.0 port, another USB 3.0, a 10/100 Ethernet connector, an HDMI 2.1 video output and a connector for analog video and audio output.
The installed system is Android TV 9, this is the only system that Google Certifies for any TV-Box, we will never see a device in this format with Android mobile OS because Google would never give it its certificate. Only certified devices can use GoogleCast, it is a system encrypted by Google impossible to replicate without a certificate on Android TV OS.
Price and availability
- The new MECOOL KM1 Classic, Deluxe or Collective can be purchased at Aliexpress.com, Gearbest, Banggood or in Geekbuying only for $58 (€53) with free shipping with the coupons 4PGLGIYM 2/16GB, 4PGLGIYM 4/32GB or 4PGLDAIK 4/64GB.