We are after testing one of the cheaper TV Boxes powered by Amlogic S905X2 SoC called Alfawise A9X. That’s why we want to encourage you to read the Alfawise A9X review. Is this cheaper TV Box worth recommending you will learn from this review.
We want to say thanks to Gearbest store for sending us a Alfawise A9X TV Box to review.
Alfawise A9X Review: Product details
Now A9X Android TV Box is available on Gearbest store for $59.99.
A9X Android TV Box Specifications:
- CPU – Amlogic S905X2 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor
- GPU – quad-core Arm Mali-G31MP2
- Memory – 4GB DDR4 RAM
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash, Micro SD slot
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @60 Hz with HDCP, 3D support, 3.5mm AV jack for composite video (480i/576i) and stereo audio, SPDIF Optical audio
- 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..
- Connectivity – Fast Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 8.20 x 8.20 x 1.60 cm
- Weight – 150 grams
The box included everything that you need to get started:
- A9X TV Box
- Power Adapter
- HDMI Cable
- Remote Control
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Alfawise A9X TV Box and bundled accessories.
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First impressions, settings, overview of features
Although the TV Box looks cheap and light, it is well made. As mentioned at the beginning of TV Box is equipped with a new Amlogic S905X2 SoC, which supports VP9-10 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K@60fps, H.265 HEVC MP-10@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K@60fps, H.264 AVCHP@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K@30fps, H.264 MVC up to 1080p @60fps, MPEG-4 ASP@L5 up to 1080P@60fps (ISO-14496) and more. TV Box also runs on Android TV OS 9.0.
On one side are two USB ports (USB 2.0 and USB 3.0) and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are HDMI port, AV port, RJ45 Ethernet port, DC jack. At the bottom of the device, there are also four rubber pads to prevent shifting. TV Box comes with simple typical remote control known from previous reviews. Below pictures.
TV Box has a launcher known from earlier TV Boxes. We can choose typically the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. TV Box works stable and very quickly without delays. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and to the Internet. Ethernet: Download – 93.3Mbps Upload – 36.0Mbps, WiFi: Download – 239Mbps Upload – 35.8Mbps. In addition to the remote control, we used a standard keyboard and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076.
Impressions from the use
Unfortunately, the most serious and main problem of the A9X TV Box is the problem with compatibility with applications from Google Play store. You cannot search for and install typical applications. You need to download applications (apk) via Google webrowser. Some required applications cannot be found even in the installed Aptoide.
Despite this serious and annoying problem, TV Box works really well. TV Box supports Miracast, but you need to install the AirScreen app. If you need to control the TV Box through a smartphone, you can use CetusPlay. Unfortunately, TV Box supports Youtube only up to 1080p and Netflix up to 540p. TV Box comes with the pre-installed KD Player application, based on Kodi 18.0-ALPHA1. Unfortunately, no root access prevents the installation and update of the Kodi to the latest version. In addition, TV Box has a lot of picture settings. Games run smoothly with maximum settings. Just connect a gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 and played Beach Buggy Racing and Asphalt 8. Below the screenshots.
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My Family Cinema Service Overview
As you could see in the unboxing photo, a brochure was attached to the Alwafise A9X TV Box.
We decided to try the trial version of My Family Cinema service / application. My Family Cinema (MFC) is another paid video streaming service.
MFC is a software that collects over 1,591,934 multimedia data that includes the latest movies, popular series and biographies of famous actors and directors in the movie industry. Additionally, MFC constantly updates the media information, supports HD & FHD streaming, provides subtitles and offers a forum to share your experience at affordable prices.
Import all your media content right away from your cloud to MFC and find it sorted into the following categories: genre, topic, film and TV Awards by year, and more.
My Family Cinema APP collects, matches and automatically updates the latest news about movies and series in the platform.
With My Family Cinema, you can play your own content from your cloud account right away. No loading problems and zero ads, offering you the best experience. https://www.myfamilycinema.com/en/
Through the application you add your cloud (at the moment) in MEGA and Redboxes and stream your videos. You can also use other people’s resources. By searching for movies in a base There are many ways to search and categorize. The video database is huge. Subtitles are available in three languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Played video works very smoothly and the subtitles are well placed in time.
Below you will find a price list and a lot of screenshots from the application. We leave the matter of purchasing the subscription to your opinion.
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Alfawise A9X Review: Operating system and components
The A9X TV Box runs on the Android 9.0, Kernel version 4.9.113. TTV Box is equipped with Amlogic S905X2 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 @ processor up to 1.8GHz and GPU Mali-G31MP2, CPU speed between 100MHz and 1.8GHz. On 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 S905X2 SoC). After using the DRM info we know that A9X supports only Google Widevine. The device has no root access. Below screenshots.
Performance tests and benchmarks
For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 7. 2.0.
Alfawise A9X Review: Video Tests
Antutu Video the result 1023 and one unsupported codec. Video playback by KD Player via Kodi 18.0-ALPHA1 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.265, MPEG2, 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.
Video Playback via KD Player with Kodi 18.0
The following table of video samples tested for Kodi 18.0. TV Box plays the video on YouTube only in 1080p.
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 18.0|
|MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps||OK|
|MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps||OK|
|H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps||OK|
|VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25Mbps||OK|
|VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs||OK|
|Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90Mbps||OK|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||OK|
|Honey Bees – 96fps||OK|
|Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps||OK|
|Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0||OK|
|Tears of steel – 60fps||OK|
|HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400Mbps||Almost smooth|
|LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116Mbps||OK|
|Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8Mbps||OK|
|Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||OK|
|Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51Mbps||OK|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||OK|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmv||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmv||OK|
Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Ice Storm Extreme, Sling Shot, Sling Shot Extreme, GPUBench. Alfawise A9X TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 124.81MB/s – Write 54.70MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2917.55MB/s.
Alfawise A9X Review: Conclusions
If you do not take into account the problems with the optimization of applications available in the Google Play store, you can safely say that it is an inexpensive and good TV Box with good performance. However, if we take into account the above problems, we will be irritated and downloading necessary applications from the google browser. Therefore, we hope that soon there will be firmware to fix these errors. The question is only when.