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SCISHION V88 Review: Cheapest TV Box with Android 5.1 powered by Rockchip RK3229

Today we want to introduce you to SCISHION V88 review. SCISHION V88 is one of the cheapest TV Boxes on the market equipped with SoC Rockchip RK3229In this review we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using SCISHION V88 TV Box and answer the questions: how V88 TV Box 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 Chinavasion for sending us a SCISHION V88 to review. Now SCISHION V88 Android TV Box is available on Chinavasion store for $19.99 (18.85€), nice!You will agree with us that the price is really very, very attractive.

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SCISHION V88 unboxing

SCISHION V88 TV Box specifications:

  • CPU – Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @1.5 GHz
  • GPU – ARM Mali-400MP
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + SD card slot up to 16GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K2K @60 fps, and 3.5mm AV output (composite)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and coaxial S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Interfaces – HDMI port, RJ45 port, SPDIF port, 4x USB Host, SD Card Slot, AV Out; DC jack.
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 11.60 x 11.60 x 2.50 cm
  • Weight – 145g

SCISHION V88 boxWhat we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • SCISHION V88 Android TV Box
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
  • Remote control (without AAA batteries)
  • User Manual
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The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more SCISHION V88 TV Box and bundled accessories.

First impressions, settings, overview of features

The SCISHION V88 TV Box is well and solidly made of good quality plastic in black. Top housing is a matt while the sides of the device are shiny. As we wrote at the beginning of his heart is Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @1.5 GHz which support video decoding 4K2K 10-bit H.265 @60 fps (Up to 200 Mbps), 4K 10-bit H.264 @30 fps (Up to 250 Mbps) and 4K 8-bit VP9 @30 fps (Up to 200 Mbps), 1080p H.264 and VP8 video encoder and HD Audio (7.1CH) passthrough. Device runs on Android 5.1 KitKat. The front panel has IR receiver and power LED. On one side is a three USB 2.0 ports and SD card slot. On the rear panel are: another USB 2.0 port, Optical S / PDIF port, AV port, HDMI 2.0 port, RJ45 Ethernet port and 5V/2A DC jack.

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The SCISHION V88 has holes for the discharge of hot air. Below also remote control.

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SCISHION V88Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:42:08 seconds. “Home screen” launcher V88 looks very simple and is easy to use.

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In addition to the remote control I used a standard keyboard and mouse, VENZ VZ-RK-1 airmouse with keyboard. Unfortunately I could not use my favorite Xiaomi gamepad because SCISHION V88 does not have bluetooth. But for testing, I bought on Geekbuying Gamepad GameSir G3s, which has a wireless receiver for TV Boxes without bluetooth. Gamepad also has bluetooth, usb cables to connect through wire and smartphone holder. GameSir G3s supports iOS, Android, Windows and PS3. Gamepad works great!

Launcher includes icons in different sized, enabling available for the most important functions, inter alia: Online Video, My Recommend, My Apps, Local, Music, Settings. Below you can have access to preferred applications simply use the “+” and add your favorite application. As you can see in the picture added by default CHIPTRIP MC (based on Kodi 16.1) app and Music app. The device worked in the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also set the auto mode. The A95X TV Box has also DLNA and Miracast I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router and to Internet. Below screenshot from SPEEDTEST.

speedtestThe remote control and VENZ VZ-RK-1 works without a problem. Remote control looks and works great and also well in the hand. Everything worked stable, but TV Box with 2GB of RAM probably worked by faster. In the specification, you can see that the V88 has 8GB of internal memory, but the total space is 5.56GB. Big plus, Netflix works without problems. Below other screenshots.

V88 TV Box we received with the installed application CHIPTRIP MC (based on Kodi 16.1). To test also installed Kodi 16.1 Jarvis from Google Play.

On SCISHION V88 you can play in simple games, just connect gamepad with wireless receiver (because TV box does not have a bluetooth), or air mouse (we used the VENZ VZ-RK-1) and keyboard. Gamepad GameSir G3s works with the TV Box without any problem. You can easily play in Beach Buggy Racing. Very nice to play in Fruit Ninja via VENZ VZ-RK-1.

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Operating system and components

The SCISHION V88 TV Box runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, namely version 5.1.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.10.0. Received device has firmware build number rk322x_box-userdebug 5.1.1 LMY49F eng.wanghy.20160708.153240 test-keys. TV Box is equipped with a SoC Rockchip RK3229 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @1.5GHz processor and GPU ARM Mali-400MP2, CPU speed between 408 MHz and 1.5 GHz. On the following screens you can see exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the CPU-Z app)

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After using the DRM info (app) we know that V88 TV Box not supported Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, Microsoft Playready DRM, Marlin DRM and Verimatrix VCAS.

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Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing I use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.1.4. The result 633. Nexbox A95X (result 906) HiMedia Q5Pro (result 952)Q-BOX (result923), 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). Unfortunately, the V88 compared to the previous TV Boxes worst coped with the test video, as they sees as many as 7 unsuccessful plays, video samples. Detailed information below.

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Video playback by CHIPTRIP MC and Kodi 16.1 Jarvis runs not smoothly. Indeed tests video by antutu, gave reflected in the test video samples. Video samples by MX Player to work properly. The SCISHION V88 without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps30fps, 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) also videos was played fine. But, V88 can not cope with 4K playback, playback was not smooth.The following table of video samples tested for Kodi. TV Box Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube. Videos plays in 720p.

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 – 24fpsNot smooth
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fpsNot smooth
Honey Bees – 96fpsOK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10MbpsOK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVCNot smooth
Tears of steel – 60fpsNot smooth
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60MbpsNot smooth
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140MbpsNot smooth
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400MbpsBlack screen
LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116MbpsNot smooth
Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8MbpsNot smooth
Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsNot smooth
Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsNot smooth
H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsNot smooth
Youtube – VP9 / 720pOK

 

SCISHION V88 Benchmarks

The SCISHION V88 scored 20985 (NEXBOX A95X – 36588, Q5 Pro – 41942, 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 – 30158on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4 Below screenshots.

The SCISHION V88 scored 1946 (NEXBOX A95X – 4153, VENZ V10 – 4246Sunvell Q-BOX  4335, NEXBOX N9 – 2203, Z68 – 3319, MX Max – 4349, MXV+  4218, PROBOX 2 Z  4333, MX Plus 4300, MRX – 4357, Sunvell T95 – 4300, MINIX Neo U1 – 4326, Beelink Mini MX – 4282, K1 PLUS – 4299, PROBOX2 EX+ – 5834, ZIDOO X6 Pro – 4431) on Ice Storm Extreme. 2922 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.

Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. V88 TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 50.47MB/s – Write 5.95MB/s. RAM copy speed was 1366.75MB/s.

Conclusions

SCISHION V88 unboxingThe SCISHION V88 is a TV Box equipped with a Rockchip RK3229 processor. Plays typical video content in 1080p and copes well with the video in 4K (also with 60fps) by MX Player. Unfortunately, 4K video playback via Kodi does not work smoothly. Device firmware needs update (optimization, fix minor bugs, video playback via kodi). The SCISHION V88 has simple and an easy to use UI which provides quick and intuitive access to key features. The V88 has potential, but needs support firmware. Unfortunately, SCISHION V88 does not have bluetooth, so if you want to play games you need to purchase a gamepad with USB wireless receiver. The device has 4 USB ports (big PLUS) easily connect accessories without using a USB hub. The biggest advantage SCISHION V88 is its price – $19.99. Therefore, if you have a very limited budget and do not want to pay for TV Box which will be used occasionally, the V88 TV Box is for you. In addition, you have to be patient because at the moment we have no information about a new firmware update. However, if you hesitate or would like to buy a better TV Box, but also at an attractive price, we recommend you to invest an additional $19 and buy TV Box, for example, with Amlogic S905 nad better copes with 4K video and has frequent firmware updates. We encourage you to read our reviews, I’m sure everyone will find something for themselves. Once again I want to say thanks to Chinavasion store for sending us a SCISHION V88 sample.

SCISHION V88 TV Box

7.5

Performance

7.5/10

Usability

6.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Very good price
  • Nice & Simple UI
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Slow read & write (internal memory)
  • Some issues
  • Problem with 4K video playback via Kodi

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