MINIX NEO X7mini Video Review

Quad-Core Media Hub

The NEO X7mini is the latest addition to the MINIX NEO Series, released in September 2013. Following the tremendous success of the NEO X7, the NEO X7mini is a scaled-down version equipped with the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Quad-Core Mali-400 GPU. Utilising the same internals as the NEO X7 though in a smaller form factor means the NEO X7mini is a hugely powerful device, delivering optimum performance far beyond its tiny size.


The NEO X7mini is powerful enough to browse the web, handle Skype calling and other VoIP call services, stream media content in full 1080p HD with ease, and handle even the most graphically intensive Android games - such as Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8 and many more. The NEO X7mini, like the NEO X7, comes with Bluetooth 4.0 support and is fully compatible with most Bluetooth keyboards, mouses and Android games controllers - including XBox 360, Playstation 3, and MOGA Gaming Controllers - perfect for enhancing your gaming experience on the MINIX NEO Series.

Android 4.2.2 OS

Like the entire MINIX NEO Series, the NEO X7mini comes pre-installed with Android 4.2.2 OS, with a massive array of apps available to download via the Google Play Store - such as Netflix, Spotify, and most popular IPTV apps. The NEO X7mini also comes pre-installed with Wi-Fi Display and AirPin PRO, enabling you to share media content, such as videos, music, photos, between your smartphone, tablet or laptop and your TV - No more tangled cables connecting your laptop to the TV, now you can instantly share all your media content wirelessly.

Auto Power-On

The NEO X7mini also comes with auto power-on feature, so there is no power button and the media hub will conveniently power up as soon as it's plugged in. MINIX prides itself on the minimal power consumption of our media hubs, so you can safely leave the NEO X7mini plugged in and on stand-by mode 24/7/365.


XBMC MINIX Edition comes pre-installed on the NEO X7 mini, with full hardware decoding support. This exclusive edition, made in partnership with XBMC, delivers the optimum XBMC experience on Android™.


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MINIX NEO X7mini Firmware Upgrade Procedure

Power on the device and connect your MINIX NEO X7mini to your PC using the supplied Male-Male USB cable.
If the device isn't detected by the PC then enable "Connect to PC" on Android Settings -> USB. 
Now your PC will detect the device as external storage. 

Now, unplug the power and USB cable from the NEO X7mini. Connect the USB cable first, whilst keeping the reset button pressed (located at the bottom of the NEO X7mini; a pin is required) , now plug in the power again. Keep the reset button pressed for another 4-6 seconds and release. At this point, the Windows PC should be connected to the NEO X7mini and the PC goes into a looking-for-driver search mode. When prompted, point the PC to the driver folder location, remember to use the correct location relevant to your PC configuration (e.g. x7mini\NEO_USBdriverV3.5\Win32bit\win7). If it does not prompt, go to device manager on the windows and configure the driver manually. 

Once this is successfully completed, run RKbatchtool.exe. It should show a "connected devices" square icon in GREEN. Choose RESTORE (Important: DO NOT use Upgrade) button and point to the firmware file in the folder created in Step 1. The firmware upgrade will begin and do not press any buttons or unplug anything until the process is fully finished. 
The NEO X7mini will reboot itself with the newly updated firmware, the whole process takes approximately 10 minutes.


What's in the box

- MINIX NEO X7mini x 1

- MINIX remote x 1

- 5V Power adapter x 1

- USB cable (male-to-male) x 1

- HDMI cable x 1

- Setup guide x 1

MINIX NEO X7 mini Awarded Gold by GadgetGear.NL

MINIX NEO X7 mini Spec Sheet available to download from -