Today we want to introduce you to HIFIXPLAY Q review. HIFIXPLAY Q has an unusual shape, his body looks a little like cassette tape (the older generation remembers this storage media:-)). In this review (typically) we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using HIFIXPLAY Q and answer the questions: how HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box powered by Amlogic S912 chip works in normal use, as copes with video playback at 4K and that we stumbled upon some problems. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.
I want to say thanks to Gearbest store for sending us a HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box to review. Now HIFIXPLAY Q Android TV Box is available on Gearbest for $65.34 + free shippng.
HIFIXPLAY Q Smart TV Box technical specifications:
- CPU – Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 2.0GHz
- GPU – ARM Mali-820MP3 @ up to 750MHz
- Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash and SD slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0a, AV
- Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV (stereo)
- Video codecs – VP9-10/ and H.265 up to 4Kx2K@60fps, H.264, WMV, MPEG-1/2/4, VC-1, AVS, and RealVideo up to 1080p@60fps
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5.8G, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – IR receiver, LED digital display
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 13.2 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
- Weight – 167g
What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:
- HIFIXPLAY Q Smart TV Box
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
- Remote control (without AAA batteries)
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
The HIFIXPLAY Q is very nicely and solidly made TV Box with good quality plastic in black, with the characteristic letter “Q” on the top cover. As mentioned earlier TV Box has a housing resembling a little cassette tape. As we wrote at the beginning of his heart is Amlogic S912, which supports VP9-10 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K@60fps, H.265 HEVC MP-10@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K@60fps, H.264 AVC HP@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. Device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The front panel has IR receiver, power LED and LED digital display. On one side there is a SD card slot. On the rear panel are: DC jack 5V, S/PDIF optical, AV port, Gigabit LAN (RJ45), HDMI 2.0a and 2 x USB 2.0.
At the bottom of the device there are holes for the discharge of hot air, and MAC address. Below also remote control.
HIFIXPLAY Q has a well-known launcher, which could already see in other TV Box. The device worked (typcally) in 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. Unfortunately, Netflix works in SD resolution. Unfortunately we had a problem with DLNA and Miracast failed test. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to router and to Internet (Ethernet: Download – 317.50Mbps Upload – 41.30Mbps, WiFi: Download – 172.73Mbps Upload – 41.30Mbps). In addition to the remote control ( who also seen in other TV boxes, it works correctly, there were no problems) used a standard keyboard, mouse and Gamepad GameSir G3s. To test video we used Kodi 17.0 Krypton. When we use HIFIXPLAY Q there were no major problems. Despite the information in the specification 16GB eMMC storage, total storage is only 12GB eMMC. Below a some screenshots.
On HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box games from Google Play are working properly. You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or keyboard. We used GameSir G3s. The combination of HIFIXPLAY Q with gamepads is great fun. Real Racing 3 works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free.
Operating system and components
The HIFIXPLAY Q runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. Q TV Box comes with firmware build number q201-userdebug 6.0.1 MHC19J 20161017 test-keys. No new firmware. OTA update is not working.
TV Box is equipped in the recently very popular a SoC Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 2.0GHz processor and GPU ARM Mali-T820MP3, CPU speed between 100 MHz and 2.02 GHz. On the following screens you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app). The device is detected as INNOXPLAY (q201) and board q201. Below screenshots.
After using the DRM info (app) we know that HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box supports Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, but unfortunately does not support Microsoft Playready DRM, Marlin DRM and Verimatrix VCAS.
Performance tests and benchmarks
For testing I use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.1.4. The result 850. Also worthy of note is that HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box did not have not supported codecs.
Video playback by Kodi 17.0 Krypton and MX Player runs smoothly and stable. The HIFIXPLAY Q without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 60fps) and also 4K (60fps) with various codecs video such as H.264,H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB and audio – DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough worked fine via HDMI. Also I 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. TV Box Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube – videos plays in 1080p. Also, we tried to play VP9 4K video runs smoothly.
|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|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||Not smooth (sound delays)|
|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||Not 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|
|Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||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|
HIFIXPLAY Q Benchmarks
The HIFIXPLAY Q scored 40614 on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4. The HIFIXPLAY Q on GeekBech 3 scored: Single Core score – 481 and Multi Core score – 2074, and RenderScript score – 1392. Below screenshots.
The HIFIXPLAY Q scored 5799 on Ice Storm Extreme. 9587 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.
Below screen with the results in Vellamo. HIFIXPLAY Q TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 41.27MB/s – Write 10.24MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3346.31MB/s.
HIFIXPLAY Q is a good TV Box with great potential (considering S912 chip). It has an unusual shape, which does not will appeal to everyone. Unfortunately there are no new firmware and OTA update is a big cons of this TV Box. The problem with DLNA and Miracast discourages to the purchase. TV Box Well suited to playback 4K. Once again I want to say thanks to Gearbest for sending us a HIFIXPLAY Q Android TV Box sample. Although generally in tests HIFIXPLAY Q came out pretty good, it lacks a lot of the ideal. If you are looking for TV Box will provide you in the future satisfaction of use should choose another model.