Tanix TX5 Pro Review: TV Box 2GB/16GB with Android 6.0 powered by Amlogic S905X
Today we want to show you a review Tanix TX5 Pro. The TV Box is available in the market for a long time and most of you probably already have it at home or in a long time planning to buy it. We do not want to give away too much, but Tanix TX5 Pro is a good TV box is available at an affordable price, and it does what belongs to him – more in the review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.
I want to say thanks to Geekbuying store for sending us a Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box to review. Now Tanix TX5 Pro Android TV Box is available on Geekbuying for $46.99 + free shipping.
Tanix TX5 Pro specifications:
- CPU – Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz
- GPU – penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
- Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0b up to 4K @ 60 fps, AV port
- Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, AV port (stereo audio)
- Video Codecs – VP9 4K @ 60 fps, 10-bit H.265 4K @ 60 fps, H.264 4K @ 30 fps
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – IR receiver
- Power Supply – DC 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 10.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 cm
- Weight – 140g
What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:
- TX5 Pro Android TV Box
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
- Remote control (without AAA batteries)
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
The TX5 Pro is a small TV Box, which has a solid matte cover pleasant to the touch. As we wrote at the beginning of his heart is Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2GHz (DVFS) which supports 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) and and HD Audio (7.1CH) passthrough. The front panel has an IR receiver and power LED. On one side there are two USB 2.0 ports and a micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: 5V DC jack, HDMI 2.0 port, AV port, optical S/PDIF port and RJ45 Ethernet port.
On the bottom you can see serial number and MAC address of the device. Below also remote control.
Booting Android to the “home screen” takes about 00:37:20 seconds. “Home screen” launcher looks very simple (It is similar to the launcher HiMedia devices), 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. Also, we used a new Gamepad GameSir G3s and Xiaomi gamepad. 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. The Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box has also DLNA. Airplay and Miracast. I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router and to Internet. Everything worked stable. Netflix works without problems.
The Tanix TX5 Pro is another TV Box which has Kodi 16.1. At TX5 Pro TV Box can play simple games without problems like Beach Buggy Racing, just connect gamepad. We used GameSir G3s.
Operating system and components
The Tanix TX5 Pro runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. TX5 Pro comes with firmware build number 20160805. We did flash method, and updated the device to the latest available firmware, build number 20160909 (firmware here).
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 TX5 Pro (p212) and board p212. Below screenchots.
After using the DRM info (app) we know that 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 940. Also worthy of note is that Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box did not have not supported codecs.
Video playback by Kodi Jarvis 16.1 runs smoothly and stable (for most samples). MX Player runs smoothly and stable. The TX5 Pro without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps, 30fps, 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. TV Box Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube – videos plays in 1080p. Also, we tried to play VP9 4K video runs smoothlywithout sound problems.
|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|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||Sometimes Not smooth (audio delay)|
|Honey Bees – 96fps||OK|
|Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps||OK|
|Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0||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 (without sound)|
|LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116Mbps||OK|
|Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8Mbps||Not smooth|
|Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||OK|
|Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||OK|
|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|
Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box Benchmarks
The Tanix TX5 Pro scored 34231 on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4. The TX5 Pro on GeekBech 3 scored: Single Core score – 603 and Multi Core score – 1709, and RenderScript score – 884. Below screenshots.
The Tanix TX5 Pro Box scored 4306 on Ice Storm Extreme. 7028 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.
Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 55.11MB/s – Write 33.22MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3266.94MB/s.
The Tanix TX5 Pro TV Box is having a good specification and decent performance. We did not have any problems with him during testing. Its price does not deter, and taking into account its specification and features, it is a good value for the money. Once again I want to say thanks to Geekbuying for sending us a TX5 Pro sample. If you are looking for a good TV Box and do not want to engage a large budget, this Tanix TX5 Pro should satisfy you.