Minix has just announced the new Minix X7 Quad Core Android Set Top Box at the HK Global Sources Electronics & Components Trade Show. According to the specifications provided in the show catalog, the new Minix X7 will have a quad core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a quad core 400MP Mali GPU. This most likely indicates that the Minix X7 is powered by the quad core Rockchip RK3188 chip.
Photos of the Minix 7 shows a box that looks a lot like the rear section of a sports car with red rear lights. A black as well as a white version were displayed at the trade show booth.
The other indicator that it is most likely a RK3188 chip is the fact that both the Minix Neo G4 Android mini PC and the Minix X5, the predecessor to the X7 are powered by the Rockchip RK3066, the dual core predecessor to the RK3188.
The other nuggets of information that was gleamed from the catalog are that the Minix X7 will have 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of Nand Flash ROM for storage. It has both WiFi and Bluetooth support as well as wired Ethernet LAN. The OS is listed as Android 4.1/4.2 which most likely means that it will come with 4.1 and an upgrade to 4.2 will be made available at a later date.
Minix is one of the rare companies that engages directly with their customers through their Facebook page. So far, they have been very supportive of their products by releasing firmware updates as well as working on special projects on request by their customers like hardware video decoding for XBMC and multichannel audio pass through via HDMI. Their Neo G4 and X5 products have earned high praises from users and reviewers. I personally recommended the G4 to many of my readers who asked for my personal recommendation for an Android mini PC.
Besides the X7, Minix also revealed the X5+ and the X5mini at the show. The X5+ is dual core based with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The X5mini has similar specs but with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM which means it has the same specs as the original X5 but probably in a smaller form factor.
It would be very interesting to find out on the performance of the Minix X7 and what else Minix has still hidden under its sleeves.