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  • MECOOL M8S PLUS W Android 7.1 TV BOX

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    Main Features

    ● Android 7.1 OS for fast and stable running
    ● Amlogic SoC up to 1.2Ghz Quad core ARM Cortex - A53 CPU
    ● Mali - 450 penta-core GPU, up to 750MHz+ ( DVFS )
    ● SDRAM: 1GB
    ● 8GB Flash
    ● Built in 2.4G WiFi. Support IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    ● Support OTA update


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    Last edited by trebor; 06-08-2018, 18:33.
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  • #2
    Today we get to have a bit of a close look at the new MECOOL M8S PLUS W Android 7.1 TV BOX
    Thanks to Gearbest.

    Lets have a look see

    The Box

    What's in the Box


    Small and well Not many Ports



    Ports
    Last edited by trebor; 06-08-2018, 18:34.
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    • #3
      Lets see what on the inside of this NOT so huge MECOOL M8S PLUS W Android 7.1 TV BOX

      Remove the base, venting noticed, WiFi Antenna, LED and IR Pickup


      Remove some screws and we see topside.Good use of weight block as a heatsink.


      A close up of the Bits the make it happen
      Last edited by trebor; 06-08-2018, 18:34.
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      • #4
        To continue on with our little bundle of a toy
        MECOOL M8S PLUS W Android 7.1 TV BOX

        Unit has a good look clean little like a Mi Box maybe ?


        Huge Android TV logo Boot screen...(custom type)

        Then we get the wiggly Animated Bally things of Android.

        Finally we get a launcher that looks nothing like Android TV.


        ATV haters may like, I find it looks ok and usable so far, just a fresh rehash of Launchers gone bye.

        Don't see Android settings as we know it, so far, yet to find the usual pop out the side settings and more setting.
        Be hidden someplace for sure
        Yep it was sorta in Product information click on Model a few times and the usual pop out settings pops out.
        Not that you can really do all that much more than is in the previous launcher. Dev mode etc...

        No Upper Notification bar, Standard non Voice remote. No BT, No Ethernet No SD card slot and 2 USB slots.
        Not a lot going on there for expandability.
        But in saying that, its ok for what it is, 1/8gb 905w with 2.4ghz wifi.

        I did find the Lower bar eventually on snooping around

        Built for a purpose I guess, Media player no tinkering much with this one.

        We do have DRM L1 Widevine and we also have Root access.

        The setup with Google was fine, be it slow WiFi, installed Updates and Testers eventually.

        Found there is an OTA update so we will do that before testing, will never know why it was needed,

        On with the show and tell overview.

        UI Installed apps



        Inbuilt Manual


        Settings


        About Box



        And found settings click on Model a few times and it appears:



        More Settings form the UI






        The OTA update with a List of Good information:



        Ram and Storage Truth



        DRM Info Widevine L1 present:


        Root Explorer


        WiFi a bit Ordinary


        Geekbench CPU
        Full Details >>
        http://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/8606199


        Geekbench Compute


        CPU-Z




        Box running pretty cool

        A1 SD Bench









        Just to confirm it is slow as reported

        How compatible all these Apps are should also be taken into some consideration with all test shown.

        TV Centre / Kodi 17.6

        Slow WiFi was Kodi undoing. lots of buffering on the simplest of Files and demos I found so far.

        A bit of an overview, a good custom rom may give this a little more get up and go.

        With L1 if that is what you seek, should do the task, not a power house of a unit as we are aware.

        WiFi I found slow, as I have a lot of 2.4GHz stuff around here may have added to the cause,
        The lack of Ethernet, SD Card and a few others may limit its possibilities and turn a few away

        Will find a place somewhere.

        Testing of Netflix so far,
        Test Patterns only shows 1750 kbps 854x480 so some work needs to be done i guess.
        What it is playing looks ok and no buffering problems or slow downs seen.


        Thanks again to Gearbest
        Last edited by trebor; 06-09-2018, 17:43.
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        • #5
          Hi Trebor, thank you for bringing more information of this beautiful box to us. I recently bought this 1GB/8GB version, I had no idea it would come out another with 2GB/16GB. I felt a bit uncomfortable with the performance and the Launcher.

          I tried installing the Fox Play and HBO Go apps but Root was detected on the device. Good iso is the least, I really needed him with Root because I needed to change the Launcher Stock by the Alice UX of Tanix, the experience was even smooth.

          But the problem happened when I tried to remove the SuperSU app I had installed. I just spent a lot of time uninstalling, so I decided to hang up and go to sleep. The other day he did not start any more lol. Now it remains stuck in bootloop.

          I got in touch with Gearbest but I did not get an acceptable result, then I contacted Vontar and got an ota firmware but I was not given instructions on how to proceed, lol. If you have any idea how to flash this device I am immensely grateful.

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          • #6
            I'm going to report something I found funny, does not make much sense. There is support for Netflix HD, but when I tried to install Netflix for TV it was not possible to install, so it does not make sense to have DRM L1 support if it is not possible to watch in the TV app, the tablet app works well with DRM L3.

            I bought the box with expectation that the Android TV OS would come from manufactures or from an OTA update, but unfortunately it did not happen lol. I would very much like to recover this device and receive an ATV firmware from our developers, but Magendanz is working in the real world, maybe it will take a while for this to be possible.

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