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Beelink GT-King Pro Review: Powerful S922X-H TV Box

We’re already after testing, so today, we would like to show you the Beelink GT-King Pro review.

Is Beelink GT-King Pro powered by S922X-H SoC better than the Beelink GT-King we’ve already had the opportunity to test (GT-King review here)? You will find out by reading the review. However, we can already tell you that GT-King Pro is as good as GT-King TV Box, supports more audio features and in our opinion is even more efficient. By the way, Beelink GT-King review here.

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Beelink GT-King Pro is the new “King of Benchmarks” (150052 points in Antutu Benchmark), but more on this in our review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.

I want to say thanks to Beelink brand (Shenzhen AZW Technology Co., Ltd company) for sending us a Beelink GT-King Pro to review.

Now Beelink GT-King Pro Android TV Box is available on Gearbest for $129.99Geekbuying for $132.99 after coupon: FJKSUUMQ and at official Beelink Amazon stores: Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon DEAmazon ESAmazon UKAmazon IT.

Beelink GT-King Pro

Beelink GT-King Pro TV Box Specifications:

  • CPU – Amlogic S922X-H hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with Quad-core Cortex-A73 @ 2.21 GHz+Dual-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz; 12nm manufacturing process
  • GPU – Arm Mali-G52MP6
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 75 Hz
  • Video – AVE-10 engine with 4K UHD H.265/VP9/AVS2 video decoding up to 60 fps, Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and PRIME HDR high-dynamic range support
  • Audio – Dolby audio and DTS listen via HDMI, stereo analog audio via 3.5mm AV jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Misc – RS232 port
  • Power Supply – 12V DC / 1.5A power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – 11.90 x 11.90 x 1.79 cm
  • Weight – 380g

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • Beelink GT-King
  • Power Adapter 
  • HDMI Cable
  • Remote Control with air mouse feature
  • User Manual

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink GT-King Pro TV Box and bundled accessories.

GT-King Pro Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features

Beelink GT-King Pro is a medium size, and like the GT-King it has a “skull logo” on the top cover (+ Beelink [ogo). The main difference is that the GT-King Pro looks more high-end. Its housing is made of aluminum and has a blue color. The GT-King case is made of black plastic.

What interfaces GT-King Pro TV Box has

On the front panel you will find a black plastic bar, which looks very much like a display. Beelink’s brand slogan “Connect to a wonderful life” is marked here. On one side there is a 2x USB 3.0 port and SDcard slot. On the other side, it has USB 2.0 (OTG) port and anothe USB 3.0 port. On the rear panel are DC jack, Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.1, headphone / AV composite jack, RS232 port and Power button. At the bottom of the device, on the bottom 2 rubber straps to stabilize the device, and information about the serial number.

Beelink GT-King Pro TV Box also comes with 2.4G wireless remote control with an air mouse feature. Voice Remote Control works very well. Recognizes voice commands without any problem. Just press the button with the microphone symbol and say the command. All you have to do is put the USB receiver in the USB port at TV Box. Air mouse works great, makes using the TV Box easier, and works great when playing Fruit Ninja.

Impressions from the use

When it comes to the experience of using Beelink GT-King Pro, there is nothing new to it. The same UI as in GT-King and most well-known functionalities. Below are the pictures “Home screen” and “Home Screen” with the function bar.

We can choose typically the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz). Everything worked stable and very quickly without delays. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to the router and to the Internet. Ethernet: Download – 402Mbps Upload – 30.7Mbps, WiFi: Download – 175Mbps Upload – 30.5Mbps In addition to the voice remote control with an air mouse feature, we used a Logitech MK540 Advanced set and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076 The device has 64GB storage, exactly as it is in the specification. TV Box supports DLNA and also Miracast. If you need to control the TV Box through a smartphone, you can use CetusPlay (Install CetusPlay On TV/Box app on TV box and open, Install CetusPlay on a smartphone). 

GT-King Pro, unfortunately, supports Netflix up to 540p (we have installed the Netflix version v4.16.1) and 1080p Youtube (only full HD), but 4K (2160p) works via YouTube for Android TV. For testing, we installed the latest available Kodi 18.4 “Leia”On GT-King ProTV Box you can also play in games from the Google Play store. We can confidently say that this is an Android TV Box perfect for games. Games run smoothly with maximum settings. Just connect a gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 and played Beach Buggy Racing, Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8, PUBG Mobile and Fruit Ninja via Beelink Voice remote control with an air mouse.  Below the screenshots.

Beelink GT-King Pro:  Operating system and components

The GT-King Pro TV Box runs on the Android 9.0Kernel version 4.9.113. The TV Box comes with firmware build number 905P0, via OTA we have updated the firmware to firmware version 906P0 (big Plus!). The 906P0 firmware version can be found hereTV Box is equipped with new Amlogic S922X-H hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with Quad-core Cortex-A73 @ 2.21 GHz+Dual-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz; 12nm manufacturing process, and Arm Mali-G52MP6 GPU. CPU speed between 500MHz and 2.21GHz. 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 S922X-H SoC). Below is also a screenshot from DRM info. The device also has root access. Below screenshots.

Beelink GT-King: Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark v8.1.1.

Video Tests

Viedo result 1071 and two unsupported codec. Video playback by Kodi 18.4 Leia 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.

The S922X-H processor has DTS Listen and Dolby Audio licenses, and the box is compatible with 7.1 audio systems. Unfortunately, we do not have a device with support for these formats. However, we did not see any review that said about the lack of support. If you have an AV receiver that supports all audio formats, you should definitely be satisfied.

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 Kodi 18.4. TV Box also copes well with playing the video on YouTube, videos play only in 1080p. We tried to play VP9 4K video and also runs smoothly.

Video Playback via Kodi 18.4

The following table of video samples tested for Kodi 18.3. TV Box plays the video on YouTube in 1080p, but via YouTube Android TV in 2160p (4K).

Typical 1080pKodi 18.4
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

GT-King Pro TV Box is the current “King of Benchmarks” with a score of 150052 points. Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Sling Shot Extreme, Sling Shot, GPUBench. GT-King Pro TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 112.46MB/s – Write 68.90MB/s. RAM copy speed was 5495.26MB/s!!!.

Beelink GT-King Pro Review: Conclusions

GT-King Pro Review

If you are looking for a really good and efficient TV Box for home cinema / home entertainment center, Beelink GT-King Pro is certainly for you. Of course, you’ll always find something, some drawbacks. No Google certification, no Netflix HD / 4K. On the other hand, efficient video playback, android games, great design (aluminum housing), DTS Listen + Dolby Audio support, and above all vendor support (firmware update via OTA) can compensate for some disadvantages. A big advantage is the included voice remote control with air mouse feature, which provides fast navigation. We recommend Beelink GT-King Pro TV Box.

Beelink GT-King Pro

$129.99
9

PERFORMANCE

9.6/10

USABILITY

8.8/10

FEATURES

8.5/10

DESIGN

9.5/10

VALUE

8.5/10

Pros

  • Fast and stable work
  • Mega performance
  • Good video playback
  • Great design
  • DTS Listen , Dolby Audio

Cons

  • Netflix up to 540p
  • Youtube only 1080p, 4K via YouTube for Android TV
  • Still the same UI

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