Smartphone and tablet makers may be moving on to quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 chips like the Samsung Exynos 5 and NVIDIA Tegra 4. But that means that last year’s top-of-the-line chips are getting cheaper.

Recently Hyundai and Ramos have released tablets with quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processors — the same chip used in the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Now one of the first Android TV boxes with an Exynos 4412 chip is on the way.

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GeekBuying plans to sell the F9 Android mini PC soon. It’s a set-top box with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU, Mali 400 quad-core graphics, 1GB to 2GB of RAM, 8GB to 16GB of storage, and Android 4.0 software.

The box features 802.11n WiFi and has 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and microSD card slot.

GeekBuying is also showing off a wireless remote control designed to work with the F9 as well as some benchmark scores which suggest that the F9 mini PC is about as fast as the Ramos W42 tablet I benchmarked recently.

In other words, the F9 should be more than capable of streaming HD video to your TV and running basic Android apps, as well as some bleeding-edge Android video games.

Unfortunately the two things GeekBuying still hasn’t mentioned yet are the price and release date.

via CNX Software

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7 replies on “F9 Android TV box features quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 chip”

  1. I like where this segment is going, but I’m still glad I preordered an Ouya, because it’s basically the same thing, only Tegra powered, open and most importantly supported by the manufacturer for longer than the production cycle lasts which is typically one of the pitfalls of these kinds of devices.

  2. Considering what you get for 99 dollars with the Ouya this should come in at 79 dollars. If so I might not wait any longer for some great Tegra 4 or faster tv box/stick. Then again I am so good at waiting we shall see.

    1. Actually make it a HDD box with a sata connection and a GB lan connection and kick it back up to 100 bucks and I’m ready to jump.

    1. Why is it the wrong chip? And how is Android 4.0 getting closer to what?
      It is a good performance quad core chip, that is good.

      It is similar to the Odroid U2 it would seem. As long as sources are available for the hardware it doesn’t really matter which os it comes with.

      IMHO, I am missing ethernet and BT.

      1. Me too. The ethernet port is very handy when you want to stream HD videos from your NAS. Wifi just doesn’t cut it in most cases.

        The port-set of the Mele-A1000, 2GB RAM and an quad Exynos4 would be the best config.

      2. The problem is that Samsung’s reference source for Exynos4 is stuck in a pre-ICS state. It’s “ICS” but uses memory allocation techniques that date back to Gingerbread. (No shipped Samsung handset or tablet has used a FIMC1 memory pool since Gingerbread, or *maybe* Honeycomb).

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