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A95X F3 Review: Android TV Box with S905X3 SoC

Today we want to introduce you the A95X F3 review. A95X F3 is one of the more interesting models from the A95X brand  based on the efficient Amlogic S905X3 SoC

Is this TV Box worth our recommendation? You will find out from our A95X F3 review. However, for people who are impatiently, we can now say in general that TV Box is worth interest. We encourage you to read the A95X F3 TV Box review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review.

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We want to say thanks to Geekbuying store for sending us a A95X F3 TV Box to review.

Availability and price

Now A95X F3 Android TV Box is available on Geekbuying for $42.99 (4GB/32GB – our tested version). The device is also available with 2GB RAM / 16GB eMMC and 4GB RAM / 64GB eMMC.

A95X F3 Review: Product details

A95X F3 TV Box Specifications:

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ 1.9 GHz
  • GPU – Arm Mali-G31MP2 GPU
  • System Memory, Storage & Networking configurations:
    • 2GB DDR3 / 16 GB eMMC flash + microSD card slot + dual-band 802.11ac WiFi (no Bluetooth), 10/100M Ethernet
    • 4GB DDR3 / 32 GB eMMC flash + microSD card slot + dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100M Ethernet
    • 4GB DDR3 / 64 GB eMMC flash + microSD card slot + dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100M Ethernet
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDCP, CEC, HDR, 3.5mm AV jack for composite video (480i/576i) and stereo audio, Optical S/PDIF
  • Video Playback – 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K @ 60fps, AVS2-P2 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264/AVC up to 4K @ 30fps, H.264 MVC up to 1080p60, MPEG-4 ASP up to 1080p60 (ISO-14496), etc..
  • HDR – Dolby Vision optional, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, and Technicolor PRIME HDR processing
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – LED display on front panel, IR receiver, power LED
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 7.70 x 7.70 x 1.70 cm
  • Weight – 125g

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • A95X F3 TV Box
  • Power Adapter US
  • EU Plug
  • HDMI Cable
  • Remote Control
  • User Manual

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more A95X F3 TV Box and bundled accessories.

A95X F3 Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features

TV Box is solidly made of good quality plastic. In addition to the interesting design that you can immediately see on the top cover. Also at the top is RGB LED light. The LEDs indicate the current status / mode of operation.

On the front panel is an IR receiverOn one side there is a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 and TF card slot. On the rear panel are DC jack, RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.1and AV port. At the bottom of the device, there are 4 rubber pads to stabilize the device and holes for better ventilation. Below also typical Remote Control (known from other TV Boxes).

This time the launcher available in the A95X F3 TV Box looks fresh and is supposed to resemble the home screen provided on Android TV OS. A status bar is also available. Below the screenshot from the main screen.

We can chose typical the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. Everything worked stable and quickly without delays. TV Box support Miracast. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and to the Internet. Ethernet: Download – 94.6Mbps Upload – 30.11Mbps, WiFi: Download – 190Mbps Upload – 30.6Mbps In addition to the remote control, we used wireless Logitech MK540 Advanced set and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076.  The device has 32GB storage, exactly as it is in the specification. TV Box comes with a very large number of pre-installed applications, including: CetusPlay (If you need to control TV Box via smartphone, Install CetusPlay on a smartphone), Prime Video, Mobdro.

Impressions from the use

TV Box supports Youtube 4K (2160p). Netflix up to 480p. The TV Box has pre-installed TVMC application based on KODI version 17.6.  Of course, you can play in games (Beach Buggy Racing, Riptide GP2 ect.) without a problem just connect gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 gamepad (paired via bluetooth). OTA updates are a big advantage! Below some screenshots.

A95X F3: Operating system and components

The A95X F3 TV Box runs on the Android 9.0Kernel version 4.9.113. TV Box supports OTA updates, which is why we’ve updated the firmware to the latest one. TV Box is equipped with new Amlogic S905X3 processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 1.70 GHz and GPU Mali-G31 MP2, CPU speed between 100MHz and 1.70GHzOn the following screens, you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app, the application does not yet recognize Amlogic S905X3 SoC). Below also from DRM info app. The device also has root access. Below screenshots.

A95X F3: Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark v8.2.

Video Tests

The result 1032 and two unsupported codec. Video playback by TVMC 17.6 runs almost smoothly and stable. The TV Box without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p, and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and also 4K (60fps) with various codecs videos such as H.264, H.265MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB, and audio – DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough worked fine via HDMI. Also, we tested several video formats – AVI, MKV, MP4 (typical formats in which it holds the majority of movies), ISO and also videos was played fine. The tested TV Box plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) almost without any major problems. The following table of video samples tested for TVMC 17.6. TV Box also copes well with playing the video on YouTube in 4K 2160p. We tried to play VP9 4K video and also runs smoothly.

A95X F3 review Antutu video test

Video Playback via TVMC 17.6

Typical 1080pTVMC 17.6
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6MbpsOK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6MbpsOK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2MbpsOK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25MbpsOK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8MbsOK
Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90MbpsOK
4K Video 
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fpsAlmost smooth, sound delays
Honey Bees – 96fpsOK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10MbpsOK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVCOK
Tears of steel – 60fpsOK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400MbpsAlmost smooth
LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116MbpsOK
Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8MbpsOK
Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsOK
Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51MbpsOK
H.265/VP9 Video 
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsOK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080pOK
VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmvOK

Benchmarks

Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark v8.2.2, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Sling Shot Extreme, GPUBench. A95X F3 TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 74.13MB/sWrite 69.45MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2785.77MB/s.

A95X F3 review Antutu Benchmark

A95X F3 Review: Conclusions

A95X F3 review

Considering the price of the A95X F3 TV Box and the features offered, this is a good TV Box for home entertainment worth recommending. It is efficient thanks to the S905X3 SoC, it works stably, it has many pre-installed applications, it plays video playback well, it supports OTA updates and it is not expensive. If you’re looking for a good TV Box and you don’t have a big budget, buying the A95X F3 TV Box is a good option.

A95X F3

$42.99
8.5

PERFORMANCE

8.5/10

USABILITY

8.3/10

FEATURES

8.2/10

DESIGN

9.2/10

VALUE

8.5/10

Pros

  • Good video playback
  • Nice design
  • OTA updates
  • Fast and stable work
  • Youtube 4K

Cons

  • Netflix up to 480p

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