Today we want to introduce you to Beelink GT1 review. This is our one of the first TV Boxes equipped with Amlogic S912.\u00a0 We do not know whether you remember, but writing an article about unboxing of Beelink GT1 we asked ourselves, whether rightly Beelink company used the name referring to the sports car racing or game \u201cGran Turismo\u201d (racing game).\u00a0And you know what ?, Yes! rightly Beelink used the GT1 name for his new TV Box. Already now we can tell you that the TV Box characterized by speed, reliability, good performance and stability. Also In this review (typically) we want to bring you the the features and\u00a0impressions of using Beelink GT1 TV Box\u00a0and answer the questions: how new GT1 TV Box powered by S912 chip works in normal use, as copes with\u00a0video playback at 4K and that we stumbled upon some problems.\u00a0Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.\r\n\r\nI want to say thanks to Gearbest store for sending us a Beelink GT1 to review. Now Beelink GT1 Android\u00a0TV Box\u00a0is available on Gearbest for $55.99 + free shipping with coupon code: GBGT1.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBeelink GT1 Android TV Box specifications:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCPU \u2013 Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 2.0GHz\r\n \tGPU\u00a0\u2013 ARM Mali-T820MP3 @ up to 750MHz\r\n \tMemory \u2013 2GB DDR3\r\n \tStorage \u2013 16GB eMMC flash and micro SD slot up to 32GB\r\n \tVideo Output \u2013 HDMI 2.0a\r\n \tAudio Output \u2013 HDMI and optical S\/PDIF\r\n \tVideo codecs \u2013 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\r\n \tConnectivity \u2013 Gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi 802.11 b\/g\/n\/ac\u00a02.4G+5.8G, Bluetooth 4.0\r\n \tUSB \u2013 2x USB 2.0 ports\r\n \tMisc \u2013 IR receiver\r\n \tPower Supply \u2013 5V\/2A\r\n \tDimensions\u00a0\u2013 9.6 x 9.6 x 1.6 cm\r\n \tWeight \u2013\u00a0 180g\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:\r\n\r\n \tBeelink GT1 Android TV Box\r\n \tHDMI cable\r\n \tPower adapter 5V\/2A (EU)\r\n \tRemote control (without AAA batteries)\r\n \tUser Operations Guide\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink GT1\u00a0TV Box\u00a0and\u00a0bundled accessories.\r\n\r\n\r\nFirst impressions, settings, overview of features\r\n\r\nBeelink at first glance makes a very good impression. It is a small, very well and solidly made TV Box, with great attention to details. TV Box looks really nicely.\u00a0The housing is made of high qualityplastic. Top cover is coated with a protective film. At the center of the top cover also we find arefreshed logo Beelink brand. The sides of the device are in silver. The front panel\u00a0has IR receiver and power LED. On one side is a USB 2.0 port and micro SD card slot. On the\u00a0rear panel are:\u00a0another USB 2.0 port, Optical S \/ PDIFport, HDMI 2.0a port,\u00a0RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port\u00a0and\u00a05V\/2A DC jack.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAt the bottom of the device is a hole to reset. At the bottom of the device\u00a0there are rubber pads to prevent shifting. Below also remote control which works easily and well in the hand.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs we said at the beginning of Beelink GT1 is a very small (9.6 x 9.6 x 1.6 cm) TV Box and extra thin.Below we include the GT1 4K UHD TV Box photos in combination with a matchbox and NEXBOX A95X (which is also a small) so it was easier to see the size of GT1 Android TV Box.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBooting Android to the \u201chome screen\u201d takes about 00:25:08\u00a0seconds. \u201cHome screen\u201d\u00a0launcher has a new and fresh look. Launcher\u00a0looks very simple as most recently reviewed TV boxes, but it is a new look, easy and friendly navigation . In addition to the\u00a0remote control\u00a0I used a\u00a0standard keyboard and\u00a0mouse, VENZ VZ-RK-1 airmouse\u00a0with keyboard. Also, we used a new Gamepad GameSir G3s, and Xiaomi gamepad.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe device worked (typcally) in the resolution of FHD 1920\u00d71080 (1080p 60Hz) but you canalso\u00a0adjust the\u00a0preferred resolution\u00a0or set the auto switch. With a new Android 6.0 received some functionality, you can set the HDR and see RAM usage. As you can see launcher looks really fresh, everything is well arranged. GT1 like other models has also\u00a0DLNA and Miracast. \u00a0I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router and to Internet. Below are two screenshots from SPEEDTEST app. Recently we changed ISP, and we have 300 Mb \/ s optical fiber. You can see the differences on the screenshots.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEverything worked stable and very quickly without delays, Netflix also works without problems.Below a some screenshots.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Beelink GT1\u00a0TV Box is another TV Box which has Kodi 16.1\u00a0with AddonsTV.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBeelink GT1 is a good TV Box to play. Without any problem, you can play the famous game available in Google Play. For testing we launched a Beach Buggy, Asphalt 8: Airborne and\u00a0Modern Combat 5: Blackout\u00a0.\u00a0You can play without a problem just connect\u00a0gamepad or airmouse and keyboard ( VENZ VZ-RK-1). I used GameSir G3s and\u00a0Xiaomi\u00a0gamepad.\u00a0The combination of GT1 TV Box\u00a0with gamepads is great fun. Beach Buggy Racing,\u00a0Asphalt 8: Airborne\u00a0and Modern Combat 5: Blackout works\u00a0without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOperating system and components\r\n\r\nThe Beelink GT1\u00a0runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1 and the Linux Kernel version\u00a03.14.29. GT1 TV Box\u00a0comes with firmware build number GT1_102M0 (version number: MHC19J.20160819.093020 test-keys), but the good news is that now there is a new version (MHC19J.20160902.145523 test-keys)\u00a0of the firmware via OTA update (big plus!). Release date: 2016-09-09 (changes:\u00a0Optimization system and minor bug fixes)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nV Box is equipped in the recently very popular a\u00a0SoC Amlogic S912\u00a0octa-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).\u00a0The device is detected as Beelink GT1 (q201_9377)\u00a0and board q201_9377. Below screenchots.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter using the DRM info (app) we know that GT1\u00a0TV Box supports Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, but unfortunately does not support\u00a0Microsoft Playready DRM, Marlin DRM and Verimatrix VCAS.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPerformance tests and benchmarks\r\n\r\nFor testing I use the\u00a0AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0\u00a0app and AnTuTu Benchmark\u00a06.1.4.\u00a0The result 862.\u00a0Also worthy of note is that Beelink GT1\u00a0TV Box\u00a0did not have not supported codecs.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nVideo playback by Kodi\u00a0Jarvis\u00a016.1\u00a0and\u00a0MX Player runs smoothly and stable. \u00a0MX Player runs smoothly and stable.\u00a0The Beelink GT1\u00a0without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of\u00a0480p,720p and\u00a01080p\u00a0(24fps,\u00a030fps, 60fps) and also 4K\u00a0(60fps) with various codecs video\u00a0such as\u00a0H.264,H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB and audio \u2013 DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough worked fine via HDMI. Also I tested\u00a0several video formats \u2013\u00a0AVI, MKV, MP4 (typical formats in which it holds the majority of movies), ISO and also\u00a0videos was played\u00a0fine. The tested GT1\u00a0TV 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 \u2013 videos\u00a0plays\u00a0in 1080p. Also, we tried to play VP9 4K video runs smoothly but unfortunately without sound (test\u00a0samples download from YouTube)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTypical 1080p\r\nKODI\r\n\r\n\r\nMPEG2 \/ MP2 2.0 \u2013 6.6Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nMPEG4 \/ MP3 2.0 \u2013 7.6Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nH264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 7.2Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nVC1 \/ WMA3 2.0 \u2013 25Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nVP8 \/ VORBIS 2.0 \u2013 7.8Mbs\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u2013\r\n\u00a0\u2013\r\n\r\n\r\n4K Video\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSintel \u2013 H264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 24fps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nBBB Sunflower -H264 \u2013 60fps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nHoney Bees \u2013 96fps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nSkyfall \u2013 H264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 10Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nPuppies Bath \u2013 h264\/AAC 2.0\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nCinemartin H265\/HEVC\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nTears of steel \u2013 60fps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nHD Club Chimei \u2013 H264 \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 60Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nJellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit \u2013 140Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nJellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit \u2013 200\/250\/300\/400Mbps\r\nNot smooth\r\n\r\n\r\nLG Demo \u2013 Istanbul 3840\u00d72160 MP4\/H264 8bit \u2013 116Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nSony 4K \u2013 Camp HDR MP4\/HEVC 10bit \u2013 75.8Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nDemo Samsung 2014 \u2013 USA Road Trip TS\/HEVC 10bit \u2013 51.4Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nDemo Samsung 2014 TS\/HEVC 10bit \u2013 51.4Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nH.265\/VP9 Video\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTears of steel \u2013 H265-HVEC \/ AAC 2.0 \u2013 15Mbps\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nYoutube\u00a0\u2013 VP9 \/\u00a01080p\r\nOK\r\n\r\n\r\nVP9 \/ 4k \u2013 Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv\r\nwithout sound\r\n\r\n\r\nVP9 \/ 4k \u2013 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmv\r\nwithout sound\r\n\r\n\r\nVP9 \/ 4k \u2013 Australia - Land Down Under in 4K.webmv\r\nwithout sound\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBeelink GT1\u00a0Benchmarks\r\n\r\nThe Beelink GT1\u00a0scored 33339 on\u00a0AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4.\u00a0\u00a0The\u00a0GT1\u00a0on\u00a0GeekBech 3 scored:\u00a0Single Core score\u00a0\u2013 429 and\u00a0Multi Core score \u2013 2290, and RenderScript score \u2013 1423.\u00a0Below screenshots.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Beelink GT1\u00a0scored 6262\u00a0on Ice Storm Extreme. 10127\u00a0scored on\u00a0Ice Storm Unlimited.\u00a0389 scored on\u00a0Sling Shot using ES 3.1 and 399 scored on\u00a0Sling Shot Unlimited using ES 3.1.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBelow screen with the results in Vellamo\u00a0and GPUbench.\u00a0GT1\u00a0TV\u00a0Box has the internal memory\u00a0benchmarks: Read 56.40MB\/s \u2013 Write 30.83MB\/s. RAM copy speed was 3464.17MB\/s.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nConclusions\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBeelink GT1 is well made TV Box holding pocket size. It also looks aesthetically. It has a nice-looking and easy to use launcher for easy navigation and access to the most important features. GT1 TV Box wonderfully copes with 4K files, other resolutions and video formats. On TV Box from Beelink you can play without a problem in known games available on Google Play. An important feature of which we mention often, is access to updates and new firmware. Beelink GT1 has OTA update (over-the-air update), you do not have to do anything, the device\u00a0will tell you about a new update, just accept it. Beelink GT1 addition to good performance and specifications, also has a very good price. It is good value for money. Once again I want to say thanks to Gearbest\u00a0for sending us a Beelink GT1 Android TV Box\u00a0sample. Is it worth buying? YES !. If you are looking for TV Box at a low price, but having a good specification based on the new Amlogic S912, which works seamlessly supports video playback at 4K and has OTA updates - the Beelink GT1 is for YOU. According to us, this is one of the better TV Boxes available on the market, so it is not surprising that it is a hit sales. We recommend a Beelink GT1.