Looks interesting new Minix Neo T5 for the price near $85.Those who have Neo U1 it's next evolution step forward with HDR .For less demanding people it has everything that you need for present time and future.
(No doubt I am drastically over simplifying things here & this is purely my personal opinion alone . I'm also avoiding making direct comparisons to other non-MINIX devices lol.)...
Ultimately, however, does the Neo T5 really need more than 2GB RAM or 16GB storage? I think it'll be plenty for the vast majority . (As @JJ-KwiK has just added, MINIX are hopefully following up in the not too distant future with another new device (Neo U22) that could essentially be viewed as a natural successor to the U9-H as well. The U22 does have the extra RAM & storage, & it's priced accordingly ).
The Neo T5 has the 2 x USB ports adding a huge amount of potential expansion. GbE ethernet also gives fast & reliable access to NAS/network shares too, (potentially unlimited expansion) . It's running the lighter/simplified Android TV OS too & it's not a gaming machine, it has a fairly specific job to do in direct comparison to the pure Android media hubs.
Excellent hardware, CPU/GPU, HDMI 2.0, SPDIF & the retail package will probably come with the usual extras, (a basic IR remote, cabling, DC adapter, etc.). Specs - 4K, HDR, (& that list will go on too).
Not to mention, MINIX world class engineering & build quality too . Allfor just $85 bucks . (Relatively speaking of course, can you find an entry level smartphone that would even come close lol?)
Affordability is presumably a major factor. Add that extra 1GB RAM &/or another 16GB of internal storage when it's not absolutely necessary, various licensing fees & other factors in turn could get bumped up which are costs that would probably end up affecting final retail pricing too. I was (pleasantly) surprised when I saw the retail price myself, I was thinking higher when considering the specs & the package as a whole !!
It's an exciting time for MINIX fans & hopefully many new customers as well .
Yes there are many many examples of smartphones that not only just comes close, but over exceeds that for around $85 as well, you'll be very surprised on what you can get for under $100usd these days and that to me is true quality !