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Beelink GT1mini-2 Review: TV Box with S905X3 SoC

Beelink GT1mini-2 is the latest TV Box form Beelink brand powered by the new Amlogic S905X3. Will the new GT1mini-2 TV Box with the new S905X3 SoC works the same or better from identical Beelink GTmini-A? You will find out from this review. We encourage you to read the Beelink GT1mini-2 review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review.

I want to say thanks to Beelink brand (Shenzhen AZW Technology Co., Ltd company) for sending us a Beelink GT1 Mini-2 to review.

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Availability and price

Now GT1 Mini-2 Android TV Box with new S905X3 SoC and voice remote control is available on Gearbest for $79.99 (4GB DDR4/64GB eMMC) and also on Geekbuying for $53.99 (2GB DDR4/16GB), $75.99 (4GB DDR4/32GB) and $79.99 (4GB DDR4/64GB eMMC).

Beelink GT1mini-2 Review: Product details

GT1 Mini-2 TV Box Specifications:

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ 1.9 GHz
  • GPU – Arm Mali-G31MP2
  • Memory – 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, Micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio Output
    • HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 75 Hz with HDCP 2.2, 3D, ALLM (Auto low latency mode) support
    • 3.5mm AV jack for composite video (480i/576i) and stereo 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..
    • HDR – Dolby Vision optional, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, and PRIME HDR processing
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Digital LED display on front panel, upgrade pinhole
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 77 x 77 x 17mm
  • Weight – 120 grams
Beelink GT1mini-2 review

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • GT1mini-2 TV Box
  • Power Adapter 
  • HDMI Cable
  • Remote Control with air mouse feature
Beelink GT1mini-2 review

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink GT1mini-2 TV Box and bundled accessories.

Beelink GT1mini-2 Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features

GT1 mini-2 TV Box looks the same as Beelink GT1 mini, and Beelink GTmini-A (review GTmini-A here), however is powered by Amlogic S905X3 SoC and also supports voice remote control, but runs on Android 9.0 OS.

TV Box is also solidly made of good quality plastic. Compared to GTmini-A TV Box, the top cover in addition to the standard Beelink logo has embossing. Ports in the same places as in other versions. 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, Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.1and AV port. At the bottom of the device, there are also 2 rubber strips to prevent shifting, holes, reset hole, and information about the serial number.

Beelink GT1 Mini-2 also comes with the same 2.4G wireless remote control with an air mouse feature. Voice Remote Control works 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 (Works with other Android TV Box).

GT1mini-2 Review: Impressions from the use

The launcher is known from other TV Boxes from Beelink, you can also display the feature bar.  Resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. TV Box works stable, but sometimes, you feel the delay in access, for example, to the application. Unfortunately, we can already tell you that TV Box requires optimization and firmware update.

First of all, there is a problem with WiFi and Ethernet, more precisely with the speed of Wifi. Download – 19.89Mbps Upload –26Mbps (works too slowly on the dual-band WiFi 802.11ac standard). We were also unable to check, with any previously used application for testing Internet speed, to test connections via Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet). You need to install the AirScreen application for Miracast.

If you need to control the TV Box through a smartphone, you can use the Android TV Remote Control appl or our favorite CetusPlay (Install CetusPlay On TV/Box app on TV box and open, Install CetusPlay on a smartphone).

In addition to the bluetooth remote control with voice feature, we used a standard keyboard, mouse, and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076 (paired via bluetooth).

Unfortunately, TV Box only supports YouTube FHD (1080p) and Netflix up to 540p (we have installed the Netflix version v4.16.1). To tests video playback we installed the latest Kodi 18.3 “Leia”. Of course, you can play in games (PUBG, Beach Buggy Racing, Asphalt 8 ect.) without a problem just connect gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 gamepad (paired via bluetooth). Below some screenshots.

Beelink GT1mini-2: Operating system and components

The GTmini-2 TV Box runs on the Android 9.0Kernel version 4.9.113. The TV Box comes with firmware build number 101P0TV Box is equipped with new Amlogic S905X3 processor with 4x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 1.91 GHz and GPU Mali-G31 MP2, CPU speed between 100MHz and 1.91GHz. 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 S905X3 SoC). After using the DRM info (app) we know that GT1 Mini-2 TV Box only supports Google Widevine, and not supported HDR (High Dynamic Range). The device also has 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.

Beelink GT1mini-2 Review: Video Tests

Antutu Video the result 984 and one unsupported codec. Video playback by Kodi 18.3 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. 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 Kodi 18.3

The following table of video samples tested for Kodi 18.3. TV Box plays the video on YouTube only in 1080p.

Typical 1080pKodi 18.3
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 – 60fpsNot smooth, delay in sound
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

Beelink GT1mini-2 Review: Benchmarks

Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Ice Storm Extreme, Sling Shot, Sling Shot Extreme, GPUBench. GT1mini-2 TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 142.35MB/s – Write 79.00MB/s. RAM copy speed was 2773.88MB/s.

Unfortunately, we expected better results. Comparing S905X2 SoC vs. S905X3, results for GT1mini-2 with S905X3 SoC should be better than benchmark results for GTmini-A with S905X2 SoC. Unfortunately they are worse. Perhaps it is a matter of (again) optimization.

Beelink GT1mini-2 review

[UPDATE 11/14/19] With new firmware v202P0 GT1mini-2 TV Box achieves benchmark result 78411!

Beelink GT1mini-2: Conclusions

Beelink GT1mini-2 with S905X3 SoC has great potential, otherwise it requires optimization. Too slow Wifi, no possibility to test the ethernet speed, minor bugs, Youtube only 1080p (Netflix can be skipped), and weaker benchmarks are not satisfactory. After all, it’s not bad, but we hope that the new update will bring a lot of improvement. 

Beelink GT1mini-2

$79.99
8.4

PERFORMANCE

8.5/10

USABILITY

8.5/10

FEATURES

8.0/10

DESIGN

9.2/10

VALUE

8.0/10

Pros

  • Good video playback
  • Remote control with air mouse feature
  • Voice commands
  • Small design

Cons

  • Netflix up to 540p
  • Youtube only 1080p
  • WiFi could be faster
  • Minor bugs

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