PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play ReviewWesstron - March 13, 2013
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PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play Closer Look:
The XIOS DS Media Play is a very compact unit measuring 4” in length, 4” in height, and is only 0.6” tall. It looks very sleek with its white casing and green accents. The top displays the name of the product and the Android logo, which seems to be going through a warp portal between the top and the bottom. The casing is fairly solid and seems to be able to withstand whatever abuse it may be subject to. The bottom of the unit consists of a protective metal plate; playing also the role of a heat sink and covered with an anti-slip rubber material. The main feature here is the upgrade pinhole used during a firmware “force flash” procedure. It will save the day if the regular upgrade does not work properly. Also visible here is a small sticker indicating the serial number and part number of the unit.
On the front of the XIOS DS Media Play there are three LED lights: power, “!”, and activity. The “!” LED was always a solid orange on the unit I received, be it in standby or during activity. The other two LEDs blinked orange during usage. The right side of the unit contains a Micro SDHC slot for up to 32GB of extra storage and two USB 2.0 ports. The left side shows two stickers with barcodes: a serial number of some sort and a MAC code. The back of the unit offers more connectivity with a third USB 2.0 port, a 10/100 Ethernet port, a 1.3 HDMI port, and a DC power jack. The green power button will only put the unit on standby and will not shut it off as I first thought.
Accessing the inside of the casing is simply done by prying the rubber covered heat sink off with a flathead screwdriver or a similar tool. There are no screws involved here but caution is mandatory as the circuit board could easily be damaged if that screwdriver slips off the edge due to excessive force. The unit received for the review is the M3 revision that uses exactly the same software as the old M1 revision but comes with some hardware differences. The CPU on the M3 revision is slightly faster; it comes with an ARM Cortex-A9 clocked at 1GHz versus 900MHz on the M1. More RAM is available as the M3 comes with 1GB while the M1 is only equipped with 512 MB; both are DDR2 memory. The last difference I could find is the available internal storage. The M3 actually has lost almost 3/4 the available storage compared to the M1 revision; while both versions come with a 2GB Nand, the M3 firmware uses more space and as an end result we are only left with about 500MB available. Our contacts at PIVOS stated that an upcoming firmware update will address this.
On the first screenshot below you can see the Amlogic ARM Cortex-A9 chip situated in a central position on the board. The big NAND chip on the right and the four DDR2 RAM memory modules (256MB each) are manufactured by Hynix. The top side of the board main's features are the wireless module and the differenet connectivity ports.
Hardware wise the XIOS DS Media Play is not meant to be a very powerful device but it has all what it takes to run the Android OS in theory so far.