It has just been officially announced the new TV-Box ZIDOO Z9X that integrates this time the Realtek RTD1619DR SoC, a processor that offers some interesting improvements over its predecessor. As major differences we have the change of its CPU cores to the latest Cortex-A55 and an upgrade of its GPU to the new Mali-G51 MP3, a SoC similar to the Amlogic S905X3 that has been on the market for some time.
A device aimed at those seeking quality playback for his local content, as usual in this type of product will not have support for paid streaming services such as Netflix or Prime video in 4K quality,
SoC, RAM and storage
The new Realtek RTD1619DR SoC features six ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores and a Mali-G51 MP3 GPU. It has 2GB of DDR4 RAM and 16GB internal storage that can be expanded by microSD or by its side SATA connector.
As for video and audio playback we have support for the most modern formats but lacks AV1, supports VP9 profile 2 codecs, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and automatic refresh rate auto change. In this new device it is not specified exactly if we have official support for Dolby ATMOS, DTS:X, DTS-HD MA and Dolby True-HD, only support for two channels is indicated.
The ZIDOO Z9X also includes WiFi aC 2×2 MIMO connectivity with two external antennas and Bluetooth 4.2. The interfaces are quite complete and we have HDMI 2.0b output, HDMI 2.0a input, SPDIF, three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, SATA connector, AV jack, RS232 jack and Gigabit Ethernet port.
As operating system we have Android 9 with the usual layer of ZIDOO ZIUI, have their own remote control app, and we have support for DVD and Bluray native playback. Android 9 is a positive point of departure, although as we know Realtek does not evolve much its Android versions.
Price and availability
- The ZIDOO Z9X is not yet on sale but it will cost around $200 (200€).