The Zidoo Z9S is one of the first Realtek RTD1295 based TV boxes products to come onto the market, and it has to its credit a very striking set of features, such as simultaneously running Android 6.0 and OpenWrt, HDMI connection for recording videos and PiP, a SATA external interface , 4K multimedia support including HDMI 2.0 output, 4K at 60fps H.265 and VP9 & 4K 24Hz H.264 video decoding, as well as HDR and 3D support.
The device includes a SATA cable for 2.5 “laptop hard drives or SSDs, an HDMI cable, a 12V / 3A power source that should be enough to handle the SATA disk as well as a USB 3.0 drive, a laser remote control infrared with learning function for the infrared ray, 2 large Wi-Fi antennas, a warranty card and a “Simple Manual” in English of the Zidoo Z9S.
The front panel includes a VFD screen and a window to receive the infrared signal from the control, while one side includes the SATA interface, a USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. The back panel has two connectors for Wi-Fi antennas, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI input and output, an AV plug (composite + stereo audio), optical S / PDIF, a hole to recover the firmware, a tray for Micro SD, the power plug and a mechanical switch on and off.
The shield is soldered to the card, so I did not try to remove it. The back of the card reveals the Micro SD tray, the Genesis Logic GL852G 4-port USB hub, and a Titan Micro TM1628 LED driver found on the smallest electronic card used for the front screen of the device.
Again there is a large shield soldier in the main ICs, so we can not check the SoC, the RAM or the Emmc FLASH chips. But if we get a battery for the RTC, the Realtek RTL8821AU USB 2.0 802.11ac, the Bluetooth 4.0 chip, and a transformer SG24002 10/100 / 1000M to Gigabit Ethernet (The GbE PHY and the MAC are inside the chip RTD1295).
The serial console / UART head seems to be located between the USB 3.0 and SATA ports. The SATA port must be a “true” one since the SATA is supported natively by SoC Realtek RTD1295.