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HiMedia Q5 Pro Review: Android TV Box powered by HiSilicon Hi3798C V200

Today we want to show you review of another TV Box from HiMedia which has a new HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 processor called HiMedia Q5 ProIn this review we want to bring you thethe features and impressions of using HiMedia Q5 Pro and answer the questions: how Q5 Pro TV Box works in normal use, how copes with video playback at 4K , whether appeared any problems and whether you should buy Q5 Pro Android TV Box. Also we check how works Q5 Pro compared to Q10 Pro. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.

I want to say thanks to HiMedia company (HiMedia Technology Limited – www.himediatech.com) for sending us a HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Box to review. The Q5 Pro TV Box can be bought directly from HiMedia via email – [email protected] (for about 199USD). TV Box can also buy on futeko.com for £119.99 or €147.

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HiMedia Q5 Pro technical specifications:

  • CPU – HiSilicon HI3798C V200 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T720 supporting OpenGL ES 3.1/2.0, OpenVG1.1, EGL, and Imprex 2.0 PQ engine with HDR,Dolby vision support.
  • Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • OS – Android 5.1
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash and micro SD
  • Video Ouput – 1x HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, 1x composite video (RCA)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, stereo audio (RCA), optical S/PDIF port.
  • Video Codecs / Formats – 10-bit H.265/HEVC, H.264, VC1, MPEG4, MPEG2, VP9, VP8, VP6, AVS video decoding up top 250 Mbps bitrate. 3D blu-ray, BD-ISO, 3D BD-ISO
  • Audio Capabilities – 7.1 HD Audio pass-through and downmix for Dolby TtrueHD, DTS HD, and Dolby Atmos, 192K/24bit audio decoding and output
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (with remote wakeup and standby support), 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi with external antenna, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Front LED, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 170 x 115 x 25mm
  • Weight – 445 g
  • Case – aluminium

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What we find in the box?

  • HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Box
  • HDMI cable
  • Remote control (without AAA batteries)
  • Power adapter 12V/2A (EU)
  • Quick Start Guide
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HiMedia Q5 Pro and Accesories (Click to Enlarge)

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Box and bundled accessories.

First impressions, settings, overview of features

The HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Box compared to Q10 Pro is also made very solidly and aesthetically. The case is made of aluminum in silver color. The case and the TV Box are doing a very good impression. TV Box is a really high quality. As we said at the beginning of his heart is HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor which supports 10-bit 4K*2K H.265/H.264 hardware decoding, 4K*2K UHD video playback[email protected] and HD Audio (7.1CH) passthrough. Device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. On the front panel Q5 Pro has LED display (shows only the time), IR receiverand power LED.

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On one side there are two USB ports – USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, also we find micro SD card slot.

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On another side of the device we find USB 2.0 port.

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On the rear panel are: S/PDIF optical audio, Composite AV, HDMI 2.0a, Gigabit LAN (RJ45), Upgrade hole and DC jack.

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At the bottom of the device there are rubber pads to prevent shifting, also has holes for the discharge of hot air, and serial number and MAC address. Below also remote control.

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Q5 pro remote control
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At the beginning we mentioned that in the Q5 Pro you will find all the best features, which could see in the HiMedia Q10 Pro. Here we go!

Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:19.21 seconds (very fast!). “Home screen” launcher Q5 Pro TV Box is the same as Q10 Pro – looks very simple, easy to use and familiar. In addition to the remote control I used a standard keyboard and mouse, VENZ VZ-RK-1 airmouse with keyboard and Xiaomi gamepadThe layout launcher allows easy navigation and access to the most important characteristics. In places where we have the sign “+” it is easy to add a preferred application. Icon rocket used to clean the memory. The device worked in the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution (max 2160p 24hz ) or set the auto mode There is also a lot of display settings and video: video color space & HDMI deep color, HDR Output mode. Below also screenshots settings.

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HiMedia Q5 Pro main screen

The Q5 Pro can additionally be controlled using the dedicated application on the smartphone. Download here – HiControl_hmdCV200. On the smartphone via HiControl App we see the main screen, as if on a Q5 Pro was launched mirrored screen. The application works quickly and without problems, it is nicely done. Below screenshots.

Q5 TV Box has also DLNA, Miracast and Airplay which works without a problem. I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router and to Internet. Below screenshot from SPEEDTEST.

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The remote control and VENZ VZ-RK-1 works without a problem, Xiaomi gamepad as always worked greate (in Android devices). Remote control looks and works great and also well in the hand. Everything worked stable and quickly without delays. Below other screenshots.

The Q5 Pro like Q10 Pro also has SAMBA service. Which works without a problem. You can easily share files at home. You can also set Administrator password when you need to login from PC / Smartphone to any resources on the HiMEDIA Q5 Pro. I had no problems getting to “share” through my Smartphone Xperia Z1 and laptop.

sambaThe HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Box comes with Kodi 16.1 Jarvis. It is a slightly modified version of Kodi by HiMedia because the default playback operates via an external player. Also, the tests we have installed a “clean” version of Kodi 16.1 Jarvis. Below Kodi screenshots.

On Q5 Pro like Q10 Pro TV Box games from Google Play are working properly You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or airmouse and keyboard. I used Xiaomi gamepadThe combination of HiMedia Q5 Pro with Xiaomi gamepad is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free, also I was able to run Modern Combat 5: Blackout which also worked without problems. The Mali-T720 GPU is doing great job.

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Operating system and components

The Himedia Q5 Pro TV Box runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop, namely version 5.1.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.18.24. Received device has firmware build number HMD-1.0.3 2016-05-25.092623, but it is now available a new firmware version 1.0.5, which we informed you hereTV Box is equipped with a new HiSilicon Hi3798C V200 quad-core ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.60 Ghz processor and GPU Mali-T720, CPU speed between 400 MHz and 1.60 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 Hi3798CV200 (HiSTBAndroidV6) and board bigfish. Below screenchots.

device info

After using the DRM info (app) we know that Q10 Pro not supported Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, MArlin DRM, Verimatrix VCAS and unfortunately does not supported Microsoft Playready DRM.

drm info

Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing I use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.1.4 The following screenshots from the video test. The result 952 (currently the best result!)Q-BOX (result 923), HiMedia Q10 Pro (result 930), NEXBOX N9 (result 544), Z68 TV Box (result 442), MemoBox MX MAX (result 913), MXV+ (result903),  PROBOX2 Z (result 910), MX Plus (result 892). Other MRX (result 906), T95 (result 906), Minix Neo U1 (result 899), K1 Plus TV Box (result 886) and Beelink Mini MX (result 920). Also worthy of note is that HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Boxdid not have not supported codecs.

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Video playback by Kodi 16.1 Jarvis runs smoothly and stable (playback on the external player and in the original version of kodi. MX Player runs smoothly and stableThe Q5 Pro without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps30fps, 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 Q5 Pro plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) 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 play automatically in 1080p.

Typical 1080pKODI
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
 – –
4K Video
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fpsSometimes artifacts
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 – 200/250/300/400MbpsNot 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
Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsOK
H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsOK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080pOK

 

HiMedia Q10 Pro Benchmarks

The Q5 Pro scored 41942! (also currently the best result, better than the Q10 Pro), (Q10 Pro – 38133N9 – 21336, Z68 – 27053, MX MAX – 35024, MXV+ – 34208, PROBOX2 Z – 35996, MX Plus – 35808, MRX– 35466, Sunvell T95 – 28731, MINIX Neo U1 – 37564Beelink Mini MX –34123, K1 Plus – 29252, PROBOX2 EX+ – 34332, ZIDOO X6 Pro – 30158) on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4The Q5 Pro on GeekBech 3 scoredSingle Core score – 696 and Multi Core score – 2162Below some of screenshots.

We could not complete the tests Ice Storm Extreme and Unlimited, but this the first time able to perform tests Sling Shot using ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 (ARM Mali-T720 support OpenGL ES 3.1). TV Box scored Q5 Pro 248 on ES 3.1 and 422 on ES 3.0. ( Q10 Pro – 173 on ES 3.1 and 261 on ES 3.0). Once again, a better result than Q10 Pro.

Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. Himedia Q5 Pro Android TV Box has theinternal memory benchmarks: Read 83.74MB/s – Write 39.04MB/s. RAM copy speed was 1635.65MB/s.

Conclusions

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As we wrote at the beginning of HiMedia Q5 Pro TV Box compared to Q10 Pro is also made very solidly and aesthetically. The Q5 Pro plays typical video content in 1080p and copes well with the video in 4K (60fps). The Q10 Pro TV Box has nice and an easy to use UI which provides quick and intuitive access to key features. TV Box works fast and stable, also has a well-made application on the smartphone to remote control. Despite 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM TV Box works quickly and smoothly compared to a cheaper TV Boxes with similar specifications. Small minus for the price. The device could be cheaper. This is another successful TV Box from HiMedia, which will certainly meet with great appreciation and interest of users. If you want to build a true home entertainment center you have to equip these with HiMedia Q5 Pro. The big advantage is the updated firmware. You can see that the company HiMedia not only focuses on quality equipment, but also wants to provide users with maximum satisfaction from their use, and provides a firmware update. We hope that HiMedia Team will support firmware all the time. Once again I want to say thanks to HiMedia company for sending us a HiMedia Q5 Pro sample. Is it worth buying? YES !. It is now one of the best TV Boxes having so many features, very good configuration, components and support. If you are looking Android TV Box to build a home entertainment center that works fast and stable, supports multiple formats and video codecs, HiMedia Q5 Pro is for you. We recommend a HiMedia Q5 Pro Android TV Box.

HiMedia Q5 Pro

$199
9

Performance

9.0/10

Usability

9.0/10

Features

9.5/10

Design

9.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Fast and stable work
  • Good performance
  • Great Remote control App
  • Samba service
  • Good video playback

Cons

  • Nothing so far

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