Zidoo has officially launched the Z9X media player, the latest family iteration that includes the X9S and Z9S models. The basic specifications are those that had already been brought forward in May during the certification process at FCC. There are however a couple of interesting news that we are going to illustrate.
The design has not changed: the metal shell reuses the same lines as the Z9S and combines them with the color of the X9S. The measures are 242 (L) x 201.5 (P) x 80 (H) millimeters. The first significant novelty is contained inside. Zidoo changed the SoC from Realtek RTD1296 to Realtek RTD1619DR. The CPU uses six cores based on the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture combined with a Mali-G51 MP3 GPU. We then find 2 GB of DDR4 RAM and 16 GB of eMMC memory.
Z9X is now compatible with HDR in the HDR10, HDR10 + and Dolby Vision formats. The management of Dolby Vision is entrusted to the VS10 chipset, capable of also supporting the LLDV profile, that is the Dolby Vision low latency. This profile is best known for being the one being used on compatible Sony Android TVs.
VS10 can also intervene on other formats (HDR10, conversion to SDR etc.) to recreate a tone mapping and a yield similar to that offered by Dolby technology (and this is probably the real use that Z9X will make of Dolby Vision support). HDR10 is also processed differently than previous media players. Zidoo talks about a more precise intervention on static metadata (MaxFALL and MaxCLL, more information HERE) which allows to improve the details on high and low lights.
The operating system is based on Android 9.0 and OpenWRT. The HDMI 2.0 output allows you to send signals with Ultra HD resolution up to 60 Hz at 12-bit with color sampling in YCbCr 4: 4: 4. Z9X can decode 10-bit HEVC / H.265 video up to 60 frames per second and the same also applies to VP9 video. For audio, compatibility with many types of files is confirmed: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, AC3, OGG, FLAC, APE, DFF, DSF, APE, etc. In the home cinema sector, we have equally wide support with the classic Dolby and DTS up to Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Compatible network protocols are Samba and NFS.
Connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports and a SATA 3.0 port on the right side, two USB 2.0 ports on the left side while the back houses a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI output and input, optical audio output, video output composite (via adapter) and an RS232 port. Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band MIMO at 867 Mbps) and Bluetooth 4.2 complete the equipment. Compatibility with Widevine L1 DRMs completes the equipment.
At the moment the sale price has not been announced. Marketing is expected to start by early September.
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