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Sunvell T95P Review: Android TV Box as a Plug powered by Amlogic S905X

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Today we want to introduce you to Sunvell T95P review. T95P is an atypical TV Box, it looks like a plug, and probably its main use is to be mobility, this means that easily hide it in your luggage and take a trip. A similar solution in its portfolio has Xiaomi – Xiaomi Mi Box MiniIn this review (typically) we want to bring you the the features and impressions ofusing Sunvell T95P and answer the questions: how T95P TV Box powered by Amlogic S905X 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 Sunvell T95P TV Box to review. Now Sunvell T95P is available on Gearbest for $48.02 + free shippng.

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Sunvell T95P

Sunvell T95P TV Box specifications:

  • CPU – Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2GHz (DVFS)
  • GPU – Penta-Core Mali-450 up to 750 Mhz ( DVFS) .OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 support
  • Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB flash + micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • OS – Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz
  • Audio Output – HDMI
  • Video Codecs:
    • VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K2K-60fps
    • H.265 HEVC MP-10-L5.1 up to 4K2K-60fps
    • H.264 AVC HP-L5.1 up to 4K2K-30fps
    • H.264 MVC up to 1080P-60fps
    • MPEG-4 ASP-L5 up to 1080P-60fps(ISO-14496)
    • WMV/VC-1 SP/MP/AP up to 1080P-60fps
    • AVS-P16(AVS+) /AVS-P2 JiZhun Profile up to 1080P-60fps
    • MPEG2 MP/HL up to 1080P-60fps
    • MPEG1 MP/HL up to 1080P-60fps
    • RealVideo 8/9/10 up to 1080P-60fps
    • Low latency 1080P H.264 60fps encoder
    • HDR10 and HLG HDR Video Processing
    • Supports .mkv,.mpg,.wmv,.mpeg,.dat,.avi,.mov,.iso,.mp4,.rm and .jpg file formats
  • Video/Picture Encoding
    • Independent JPEG and H.264 encoder with configurable performance/bit-rate
    • JPEG image encoding
    • H.264 video encoding up to 1080P-60fps with low latency
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Interfaces – HDMI, micro SD card slot, USB 2.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, Power LED
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions 5.3 x 5.3 x 6.8 cm
  • Weight – 280 g

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

  • Sunvell T95P Android TV Box as a Plug (EU)
  • HDMI cable
  • Remote control (without AAA batteries)
  • User Manual
Sunvell T95P unboxing
Sunvell T95P TV Box and Accesories (Click to Enlarge)

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more T95P TV Box and bundled accessories.

First impressions, settings, overview of features

The Sunvell T95P as mentioned, has a small size (5.3 x 5.3 x 6.8 cm) and reminds a plug. The housing is made solidly and aesthetically, with good quality plastic. As mentioned at the beginning of T95P  is equipped with a SoC from Amlogic called Amlogic S905X, which supports VP9-10 Profile-2 up to [email protected], H.265 HEVC [email protected] up to [email protected], H.264 AVC [email protected] up to [email protected] and more. T95P also runs on Android 6.0. On one side there is a micro SD card slot and USB2.0 port. On another side is an HDMI port and reset hole. Around the housing, there are holes for discharge of hot air. At the bottom 2 pins plug, socket compatible with plug type C.

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Below is a typical remote control, the same as other TV Box from Sunvell.

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Below we include the Sunvell T95P Android TV Box as a Plug pictures in combination with a matchbox and chewing gum so it was easier to see the size of T95P.

To start we had to use the adapter because we could not to plug TV Box, so the journey would have to be taken adapter. Photos below.

Suvell T95P has a well-known launcher, which could already see in other TV Box from Sunvell (T95Z Plus). When you start there is the status bar, you can turn it off. The device worked (typically) in the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz) but you can also adjust the preferred resolution or set the auto switch. We feel that the device is slow and has unfortunately weakness involving the slow and unstable WiFi. Often the connection between the TV Box and the router is broken, and the speed Wi-Fi is for us unacceptable (Download – 1.27Mbps Upload – 2.57Mbps via speedtest.net app). It has a huge impact on quality display in Netflix. Perhaps this is a bug that needs repair. Miracast and DLNA works works slow. 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 (using a USB hub, because there is only one USB port)The T95P TV Box is another TV Box which has Kodi 16.1Below a some screenshots.

On T95P 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 T95P with gamepads is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free.

Operating system and components

The Sunvell T95P runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. T95P comes with firmware build number TP0005. No new firmware. OTA update is not working. TV Box is equipped in the recently very popular a SoC Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2GHz processor and GPU penta core Mali-450, 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 MBOX (p212) and board p212. Below screenchots.

After using the DRM info (app) we know that T95P 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 898. Also worthy of note is that T95P TV Box did not have not supported codecs.

Video playback by Kodi Jarvis 16.1 is working well.  MX Player runs smoothly and stableThe T95P 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 TV Box plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) almost without any major problems. The following table of video samples tested for Kodi. As we said earlier a problem with WiFi also had an impact on Youtube playback, video playback in 480p quality. Also, we tried to play VP9 4K video runs smoothly.

Typical 1080p KODI
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
 –  –
4K Video
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps Not smooth (delays)
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 Not smooth
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 Not smooth
Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps OK
H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps OK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080p Wifi problem (480p)
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

Sunvell T95P Benchmarks

The T95P scored 29111 on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4 The T95P on GeekBech 3 scored: Single Core score – 517 and Multi Core score – 1409, and RenderScript score – 840. Below screenshots.

The Sunvell T95P scored 3718 on Ice Storm Extreme. 6503 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.

Below screen with the results in Vellamo (only made the Metal test) and GPUbench. T95P TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 47.36MB/s – Write 9.03MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3292.60MB/s.

Conclusions

Sunvell T95P

Sunvell T95P is a TV box which looks like as a plug. Is a mobile … but as you have seen, you have to travel besides a small TV Box take adapter (luggage growing :)). Unfortunately, in the current firmware big minus for the problem with WiFi which is slow and acceptable at the present time, a great influence playback of Netflix and Youtube. TV Box is running slow. In contrast, a big plus for video playback, even in 4K. T95P copes quite well with movies in 4K. If this TV Box you want to take just to play movies on the go on a trip, etc. and you will not use the WiFi, it’s OK, but if you want to buy it just so we suggest that you wait for the corrected firmware or buy another TV Box.

Sunvell T95P

$48.02
7.3

Performance

8.5/10

Usability

6.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Value

7.0/10

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