Today we find on Aliexpress.com after quite some time with hardly any movement a new cheap range Chinese Box called U8 Mini. A box that comes with the Quad Core Amlogic S905W SoC and 2/16 GB, the typical configuration of the cheap range, although this time at least it has Bluetooth and SPDIF output.
As OS we have Android 9.0, it is 10x10x18 cm in size, and we can use it as a basic media player with KODI in FHD resolution and also to run simple games. This type of cheap Boxes do not have DRM certificates, so we can only watch Netflix in basic video quality. If you are interested in watching streaming you can consult our list of recommended TV-Boxes.
SoC, RAM and storage
The Smart TV Box with Android U8 Mini integrates in terms of hardware the Amlogic S905W SoC, a Quad Core with ARM Cortex-A53 processors and a MALI-450MP5 GPU. It has 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, 16 GB of eMMc storage memory and a micro SD card reader located on the side of the black plastic case that allows us to increase its internal storage.
In the field of wireless connectivity we have Wi-Fi b/g/n with internal antenna and Bluetooth 4.1. Regarding connectors, this mini Smart Box includes 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0 port, SPDIF digital audio output, 10/100 network connector and finally an analogue port for audio and video.
Also included in the box is a simple infrared remote control, cables and power supply.
Price and availability in stores
- The Smart TV-Box U8 Mini with Android 9 can be purchased on Aliexpress.com for $ 28.52 with shipping included.