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QINTAIX Q9S PRO Review: Android TV Box powered by S905X2 SoC

We’re already after testing, so today, we would like to show you the QINTAIX Q9S PRO review. QINTAIX Q9S PRO is an Android TV Box powered by the popular new Amlogic S905X2 SoC. How this TV Box fell in the tests you will find in the QINTAIX Q9S PRO review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.

I want to say thanks to Qintex company (Qintex-Tech Co.,Ltd, but brand mark appearing on the TV Boxes /TV Stick is QINTAIX) for sending us a QINTAIX Q9S PRO TV Box (with 4GB RAM/32GB eMMC) to review. Now QINTAIX Q9S PRO Android TV Box is available at official Qintex store on Alibaba.com for $46 (4GB/32GB) and $49 (4GB/64GB).

QINTAIX Q9S PRO
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QINTAIX Q9S PRO TV Box  specifications:

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X2 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.8 GHz with
  • GPU  – Mali-G31 MP2 “Dvalin” GPU
  • Memory – 4GB RAM DDR4
  • Storage – 32GB/64GB eMMC flash, micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.1 output up to [email protected] Hz with CEC, HDP, HDR support
  • Video Codecs –  VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K 60fps, 10-bit H.265 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..
  • Audio Output – HDMI, SPDIF optical
  • Connectivity – Fast Ethernet, dual-band 802.11b/g/n WiFi (2.4-5G), Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port, 
  • Misc – IR receiver, front panel digital display
  • Power Supply – DC 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 105 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight – 115 grams
QINTAIX Q9S PRO

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • QINTAIX Q9S PRO
  • Power Adapter 
  • HDMI Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Quick Install Guide
QINTAIX Q9S PRO

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Q9S PRO TV Box and bundled accessories.

QINTAIX Q9S PRO: First impressions, settings, overview of features

Q9S PRO is also a small TV Box,  made solidly, with good quality plastic. On the top cover has an interesting perforation. QINTAIX Q9S PRO TV Box is equipped in new powerful  Amlogic S905X2 SoC. On the front panel is IR receiverOn one side there is a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0, TF card slot and earphone jack. On the rear panel are DC jack, Power button, RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0and an optical S / PDIF port. At the bottom of the device, there are also four rubber pads to prevent shifting, holes, and information about MAC address and serial number. Below also typical Remote Control (known from other TV Boxes).

QINTAIX Q9S PRO

As you can see, the UI looks good and is simple, allowing access to key features. 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. 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 – 93.8Mbps Upload – 36.2Mbps, WiFi: Download – 42.0Mbps Upload – 38.4Mbps). In addition to the remote control, we used a standard keyboard, mouse and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076 The device has 32GB storage, exactly as it is in the specification. TV Box supports also Miracast, but you need to install the AirScreen app. If you need to control the TV Box through a smartphone, you can use the Android TV Remote Control app or our favorite CetusPlay (Install CetusPlay On TV/Box app on TV box and open, Install CetusPlay on a smartphone). Q9S PRO supports Netflix up to 540p and 1080p Youtube (only full HD). TV Box has pre-installed KDMC app with Kodi 18.0 RC1 “Leia”. 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). On Q9S PRO TV Box you can play in games from the Google Play store, as on other Android TV Box. Games run smoothly with maximum settings. Just connect a gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 and played Beach Buggy Racing, and other famous games Asphalt 9, Real Racing 3. Below the screenshots.

QINTAIX Q9S PRO:  Operating system and components

The Q9S PRO TV Box runs on the Android TV 8.1.0Kernel version 4.9.76 and (probably) supports OTA updates. The TV Box comes with firmware build number OPM1.171019011.20190315 test-keys. TV 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 (app) we know that Q9S PRO TV Box supports Google Widevine and ClearKey CDM. The device also has root access. Below screenshots.

QINTAIX Q9S PRO: Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 7. 1.0. The result 1034!. Also worthy of note is that Q9S PRO TV Box supported all codecs. Video playback by KDMC with Kodi 18.0 RC1 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. The following table of video samples tested for Kodi 18.0. 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.

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
4K Video  
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
Cinemartin H265/HEVC 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
Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51Mbps OK
H.265/VP9 Video  
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

QINTAIX Q9S PRO: Benchmarks

Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Ice Storm Extreme, Sling Shot, Sling Shot Extreme, GPUBench, GFXBench Benchmark, Vellamo. Q9S PRO TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 89.91MB/s – Write 46.36MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3472.40MB/s.

Qintaix Q9S PRO benchmark

QINTAIX Q9S PRO: Conclusions

Qintaix Q9S Pro

QINTAIX Q9S PRO is a good and properly working TV Box. Q9S PRO has a very good performance. It works stably and quickly. WiFi could be faster. TV Box equipped with S905X2 SoC copes very well with 4K video playback. Unfortunately, it does not offer the features that most users expect, namely Youtube 4K and Netflix HD. Q9S PRO has an affordable price: 46USD (4GB RAM/32GB ROM) and 49USD (4GB RAM/64GB ROM). TV Box is available for distributors at the moment. 

QINTAIX Q9S PRO TV Box

$46
8.5

PERFORMANCE

9.0/10

USABILITY

8.0/10

FEATURES

8.0/10

DESIGN

9.0/10

VALUE

8.5/10

Pros

  • Good video playback
  • Fast and stable work
  • Affordable price
  • Games play well

Cons

  • Netflix up to 540p
  • Youtube only 1080p