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U9-H vs U1

Discussion in 'NEO U9-H' started by Erhnam, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Erhnam

    Erhnam New Member

    What's the difference?
    Didn't find a comparison table anywhere.

    Specification wise?
    User experience?
  2. Snakebite

    Snakebite Moderator Moderator

    Not being an owner of the U1 I can't speak of any difference in User Experience between U1 vs U9...

    However the core differences between the U9 vs U1 are as follows:
    Android version Marshmallow vs Lollipop
    CPU/GPU - 912 vs 902 U9 Is Octa-Core with better graphics handling (U9 was a natural progression from the X8-H Plus which was also Octa-Core (812 chip))
    U9 has 10bit support for SUHD panels, think next gen 4K
    Fully licensed Dolby Support (very impressed with Passthrough capabilities although this could be related to improvements in Kodi 17 too)

    RAM and Storage are the same 2GB/16GB

    For those considering an upgrade from X8H-Plus I would highly recommend it, you are essentially future proofing you experience with the onset of more 4K content being made available, support of Kodi 17 onwards.

    For those with a U1 the incentive to upgrade is not as strong, as it uses Lollipop, has Kodi 17 support and various other features which I'm sure @Villa will be able to elaborate on
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2017
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  3. Erhnam

    Erhnam New Member

    Wow thanks for that reply
    I have the x8-h plus today on one TV.
    I was thinking if the u9 could replace my htpc i5 that committed suicide last week.
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  4. ALEXXXXXX

    ALEXXXXXX Member

    Minix neo u1 or minix neo u9-H?


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  5. Safetyman

    Safetyman New Member

    I received my U9 yesterday and have tested it on numerous files and have found that for movie playback it does not perform as well as my U1, there is a significant judder problem with 4k playback . I have tried Kodi 17 and Minix xmbc, the playback is marginally better on xmbc but 4k does not fill the screen for some reason.

    My U1 is running like a dream, I thought I would get a U9 because of the enhancements listed but unfortunately I feel that it needs a bit more tweeking before it matches the U1.

    I am returning mine to Amazon tomorrow
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  6. midnight

    midnight Moderator Moderator

    Give it some time..... as with any new device and especially from Minix updates/tweaks will come in firmware updates, they have proven that with almost all of there devices !:)
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  7. mis3

    mis3 Active Member

    According to my readings, performance of S912 is not that much better than S905. I ran Aututu in both U1 and a S912 boxes and the total scores of the 2 boxes were similar. As expected, 3d score was a lot better with the S912 but actually lower in the other categories. This is why there is little reason to upgrade from U1 to U9.

    However, if U1 can play 4K well, there is no reason why U9 cannot. I am sure U9 will get better with firmware updates.
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  8. midnight

    midnight Moderator Moderator

    If you are just starting out from scratch I would go for the U9 .... I think with firmware updates it should out perform the U1 and also it is running a newer OS :)
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  9. panosdl

    panosdl New Member

    Safetyman, if you have the U1, you would know that it has the 11:th firmware and the U9 has the 1st or 2nd. It takes some time to have a stable product on these products and I still think Minix is one of the best in the business to listening on their customers, so it will work, have patience!
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  10. Safetyman

    Safetyman New Member

    I appreciate that but I decided to return the U9 because at this moment the U1's performance is far superior for my needs and there is no point having it sitting on a shelf waiting for firmware upgrades.

    I am sure I will eventually move to the U9 in the future, I agree Minix probably produce the best boxes and I will certainly stick wit them.

    I am not criticising the U9 just sharing my experience.
  11. Nenito2k

    Nenito2k Guest

    @Safetyman can you at least tell us if u9 has better video quality than old u1?
  12. Safetyman

    Safetyman New Member

    From my tests my opinion is that there is no noticeable difference in video quality for 1080p 264 and 265 sources, with 4k the quality is much worse to the extent that it is unwatchable due to judder.

    I am viewing on a 55" Samsung UHD TV
  13. rosebud

    rosebud Member

    The only 4K content I am aware of on my U1 is that from YouTube. It is much worse quality than when I play 4K content via YouTube app. on my LG OLED tv. Why?

    I have no doubt that with firmware upgrades the Minix U9 will be a consideration as more worth-watching 4k content becomes available. Then again it is HDR and Dolby Vision that makes 4K content special to watch.
  14. Ubiytza

    Ubiytza New Member

    Just found out that my u1 does not support HDR.... Bummer.... And it sounds like u9 is the only player that does it? And based on the few reviews it doesn't do a good job....
    Does anyone actually know if the HDR is passed through correctly there is a noticeable difference?
  15. datrh

    datrh Active Member

    what do you mean? not able to play a 4khdr file or not able to fully display the hdr feature (so the file looks like a std 4k)?
  16. Ubiytza

    Ubiytza New Member

    The latter....
    I have the Vizio p75-c1 and the HDR is not coming up.
    Honestly, I don't even know what HDR proper content would look like. Is it just it's not passing a flag, or am I not taking the full advantage of the color gamut?
  17. WeK05

    WeK05 Audio Visual Master Specialist

    It is both, the U1 doesn't pass HDR10 metadata. It also doesn't support 10-bit output or wide color gamut (Rec.2020).
  18. Ubiytza

    Ubiytza New Member

    Right.... And that means I am missing out ...
    Is there a media player that supports it currently with some track record?
  19. WeK05

    WeK05 Audio Visual Master Specialist

    Yes, there are several of them. The green box from the other company, the ones that can also output FHD 3D and then of course the U9-H.
  20. Ubiytza

    Ubiytza New Member

    well from what I've read, U9-H is still raw - too many bugs.
    the green box? what is that? google it - seeing all different kind of stuff.