Beelink X2

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Beelink X2
Beelink X2 Front small.jpg
Manufacturer Roofull Technologies
Dimensions 110mm x 110mm x 17.5mm
Release Date June 2015
Website X2 Product Page
Specifications
SoC H3 @ 1.2Ghz
DRAM 1GiB DDR3 (different batches use different modules)
NAND 8GB (eMMC 4.51), FORESEE NCEFES78-08G
Power DC 5V @ 2A
Features
Video HDMI (Type A - full)
Audio SPDIF
Network WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (AMPAK AP6181), 10/100Mbps Ethernet (H1601NL PLY)
Storage µSD
USB 1 USB2.0 Host, 1 OTG as type A
Other IR receiver for remote

This page needs to be properly filled according to the New Device Howto and the New Device Page guide.

The Beelink X2 is an inexpensive TV box/multimedia player based on Allwinner's H3 SoC.

Contents

Identification

"X2" logo embossed on top cover of the device.

In android, under Settings->About box, you will find:

  • Model Number: XII
  • Build Number: 4.4.2 KOT49H 20151105 test-keys
  • Vendor Software Version: 203k4

A newer version shows in Android, (bought 29.09.2016 ships from Germany):

  • Model Number: XII
  • Build Number: 4.4.2 KOT49H 20160423 test-keys
  • Vendor Software Version: 208k4

Another one

  • Model Number: XII
  • Build Number: 4.4.2 KOT49H 20160503 test-keys
  • Vendor Software Version: 209k4

Sunxi support

Current status

Give a brief overview of the current status of support under sunxi here.

Images

Armbian fully supports Beelink X2 starting with version 5.15 (see the relevant thread for details and tweaks). Given the minor differences when comparing the fex files between several Orange Pis and Beelink X2 it should be relatively easy to provide OS images using mainline kernel later. Only one caveat: Like a few other H3 devices the X2 tends to overheat so unless THS stuff for H3 devices isn't ready in mainline kernel it's not recommended to use kernel 4.x due to missing throttling.

HW-Pack

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BSP

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Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.

U-Boot

Sunxi/Legacy U-Boot

Use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE build target.

Mainline U-Boot

Use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE build target.

Linux Kernel

Sunxi/Legacy Kernel

Use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE.fex file.

Mainline kernel

Use the FAMILY-CHIP-DEVICE.dtb device-tree binary.

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

The X2 is configured to boot from µSD first, so testing an alternative OS is simple. Linux images for other H3 devices can be booted, but provide incorrect GPIO assignments for at least the power LED, USB ports and so on. The most up to date fex file for the device might be in Armbian github repository

FEL mode

The button on the bottom of the PCB triggers FEL mode (to be confirmed). It is reachable through a small hole in the bottom plastic cover. The X2 exposes H3's USB OTG port as a type A receptacle on the back next to the power socket which can be used with a male-to-male type A USB cable. This will also provide power to the X2.

WiFi

PCB revision 3.0 came with AP6181 WiFi which has been replaced by RTL8189ETV (as used on the older H3 Orange Pis, eg. Orange Pi Plus). Pin mapping remained the same so no need to modify fex or device tree contents, just a different driver is needed.

Adding a serial port (voids warranty)

X2 UART pads

The X2 UART runs at 3.3V levels, so you need a level converter (e.g. MAX3323) to connect the board to a regular serial port. Alternatively, a USB-to-UART adapter with 3.3V levels will also work. See the UART howto for details.

Device disassembly

The case is clipped together using plastic tabs on all four sides. Please see the Plastic tool howto for details of opening cases like these. The PCB is held in place by four small Philips-head screws. Make sure to remove the µSD card before taking out the PCB. The H3 chip is attached to an internal heat sink using a thermal pad.

If you are unsure how to open the case, this disassembly video might also help.

Locating the UART

The UART (3.3V levels) is available on four solder holes (2mm spacing) next to the µSD slot. Soldering in a header will void the warranty.

With the square pad as pin 1 (i.e., counting from right to left in the photo), the pinout is as follows confirmed using USB-UART adapter:

  • Pin 1: GND
  • Pin 2: ???
  • Pin 3: RxD
  • Pin 4: TxD

Pictures

Also known as

TRONFY X2, Keedox Smart TV Box

See also

Manufacturer images

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