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UGOOS AM6 Review: The Most Powerful TV Box powered by S922X SoC

We’re already after testing, so today, we would like to show you the UGOOS AM6 review.

As you know UGOOS AM6 just like the Beelink GT-King was equipped with a powerful Amlogic S922X SoC. Which TV Box with S922X SoC in our opinion is the most powerful and worth recommending? you will learn about this from our review.

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UGOOS AM6 is the new “King of Benchmarks”, but more on this in our review.

We want to say thanks to from UGOOS company (Ugoos Industrial  Co., Ltd.) for sending us a UGOOS AM6 to review.

Availability and price

Now UGOOS AM6 Android TV Box is available on Gearbest store for $129.99 and on Geekbuying store for $119.99

UGOOS AM6 Review: Product details

UGOOS AM6 review

AM6 TV Box Specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S922X hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with 4x Arm Cortex A73 cores, 2x Arm Cortex A53 cores, Arm Mali-G52 MP6 GPU; 12nm manufacturing process
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR4 RAM (3GB/4GB optional)
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash (8GB/32GB optional), micro SD card slot
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 75 Hz with CEC, HDCP 2.2, HDR support
    • 3.5mm AV port for composite video (and stereo audio)
  • Video – 4K UHD H.265/VP9/AVS2 video decoding up to 60 fps
  • Audio – Digital audio via HDMI, analog stereo audio via AV port, S/PDIF port
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 MIMO RSDB, Bluetooth 5.0 via Ampak AP6398S module
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 OTG/Host port, 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, IR output port, LED header, 12-pin I/O header, Wake on LAN function
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A via DC power barrel jack
  • Dimensions – 13.00 x 12.00 x 2.00 cm
  • Weight – 300g

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • UGOOS AM6 TV Box
  • Power Adapter 
  • HDMI Cable
  • 2x external antenna
  • Remote Control
  • User Manual
UGOOS AM6 review unboxing

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more UGOOS AM6 TV Box and bundled accessories.

UGOOS AM6 Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features

AM6 TV Box has an aluminum housing (finally). It looks great and stylish. You get the impression that this is a decent device from a higher shelf. The whole is made with great care.

On the upper cover there is a characteristic UGOOS logo, and in the middle of it an LED. The front panel has an IR receiver and several holes. The left side has two external antennas and a power button. The right are: AV OUT port, AUX IN  port, TF card slot, USB 3.0 / OTG port and USB 2.0. On the rear panel are DC jack, Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.1, 2x USB 2.0, optical S / PDIF port. At the bottom of the device, there are four rubber pads to prevent shifting, recovery hole, maskrom hole, and information about the serial number and MAC address. TV Box comes with simple remote control (with multitasking button), but without the mouse cursor, known also from previous reviews. Below pictures.

In UGOOS AM6 we will not find a typical launcher with arranged features, just like in the smartphone wallpaper on which we place the necessary applications. On the main screen we can display. On the main screen we can also display the status bar (option available in rich UGOOS settings). 

Impressions from the use

After turning on the device a nice surprise OTA update, a Big Plus!. You can update the device to the latest version without a problem and quickly (v0.0.9).

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. Wifi 2×2 MIMO works really fast. Ethernet: Download – 318Mbps Upload – 31.50Mbps, WiFi: Download – 235Mbps Upload – 31.3Mbps In addition to remote control with an air mouse feature, we used a standard keyboard and a gamepad from iPega called iPega PG-9076

The device only has 2GB DDR RAM and 16GB eMMC. Despite this, everything works without a problem. However, a specification with 4GB RAM DD4 and at least 32GB eMMC would be expected (64GB eMMC welcome).

TV Box supports DLNA and also Miracast, but you need to install the AirScreen appAM6 TV Box, unfortunately, supports Netflix up to 540p (we have installed the Netflix version v4.16.1) and 1080p Youtube (only full HD), but 4K works via YouTube for Android TV. In addition, TV Box has a lot of picture settings (Screen rotation, TV Dolby Vision etc. ). For testing, we installed the latest available Kodi 18.3 “Leia”On UGOOS AM6 TV Box you can play in games from the Google Play store. We can confidently say that this is an Android TV Box perfect for games. Games run smoothly with maximum settings. Just connect a gamepad or keyboard. We used iPega PG-9076 and played Beach Buggy Racing, Real Racing 3, Asphalt 9 (nice), PUBG Mobile.  Below a lot of screenshots.

UGOOS Settings / UGOOS features

As we mentioned in more than one article, UGOOS devices have additional features – UGOOS Settings. Below is a small overview of UGOOS features.

As you can see the following settings are available: ROOT, File server/client, Playback settings, Hardware monitor, Wireless Assistant, Gamepad settings, Debug Settings,User scripts, System bar, Input devices settings.

As you will see later, you can easily give ROOT acces via ROOT settings. The device supports Samba server, you can share files on a LAN, and also supports NFS and CIFS client. You can easily share folders in Windows 10, or use them via BubbleUPnP app (on smartphone).

By setting the Hardware Monitor, we can display and monitor the current state of hardware.

Wireless Assistant (Fireasy support) allows you to control (via Wifi, Bluetooth) AM6 TV Box via smartphone through Firefly v1.1 applications. Works fine but has limited functionality compared to CetusPlay app

Gamepad settings allows you to set your preferred gamepad buttons. You can enable debug and display logs, enable and disable the status bar and notification bar display. As you can see, there are many additional settings. You will find these settings in TV Boxes from UGOOS. Other screenshots below.

UGOOS AM6 Review:  Operating system and components

The UGOOS AM6 TV Box runs on the Android 9.0Kernel version 4.9.113. The TV Box. As we mentioned earlier, TV Box supports OTA updates. We did the review on the latest V0.0.9 firmware. comes with firmware build number 901K0(20190508). TV Box is equipped with Amlogic S922X big.LITTLE processor with 4x Arm Cortex A73 cores @ up to 2.21 GHz, 2x Arm Cortex A53 cores @ 1.8 GHz and GPU Mali-G52, CPU speed between 100MHz and 2.21GHz. The Beelink GT-King clock speed was up to 1.80Ghz. It is difficult to say whether the CPU-Z app has been updated or whether the AM6 has a more powerful version of the S922X (maybe X922-B), or maybe the UGOOS team has figured out something 🙂

Below screenshots from CPU-Z app, DRM info app and Root Checker app. As we mentioned, you can enable ROOT Access in UGOOS Settings, and we did it

Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 7. 2.0.

UGOOS AM6 Review: Video Tests

AnTuTu Benchmark 7. 2.0 the result 1094! and one unsupported codec. Video playback by Kodi 18.3 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 18.3. TV Box also copes well with playing the video on YouTube, videos play only in 1080p, but 4K video works via YouTube for Android TV. We tried to play VP9 4K video and also runs smoothly.

Video Playback via Kodi 18.3

The following table of video samples tested for Kodi 18.3. TV Box plays the video on YouTube only in 1080p.

Typical 1080pKodi 18.3
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
Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90MbpsOK
4K Video 
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fpsAlmost smooth, sound delays
Honey Bees – 96fpsOK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10MbpsOK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVCOK
Tears of steel – 60fpsOK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400MbpsAlmost smooth
LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116MbpsOK
Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8MbpsOK
Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsOK
Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51MbpsOK
H.265/VP9 Video 
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsOK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080pOK
VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmvOK

Benchmarks

AM6 TV Box is the current “King of Benchmarks” with a score of 129638 points. Below Benchmark screenshots we were able to do: AnTuTu Benchmark, GeekBench 4, 3D Mark: Sling Shot Extreme, Sling Shot, GPUBench. For Ice Storm Extreme, the device is too powerful, info: “Your device is too powerful for this test. We recommend using Sling Shot Extreme”. AM6 TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 74.35MB/s – Write 50.27MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3199.59MB/s.

UGOOS AM6 Review: Conclusions

UGOOS AM6

UGOOS AM6 is above all the most powerful Android TV Box currently. AM6 copes well with 4K video playback, has fast and stable WiFi, gigabyte Ethernet connection, valuable additional UGOOS settings (e.g. SAMBA server), and additionally OTA updates. To fully happiness is missing probably only Netflix HD and Youtube 4K (works via YouTube for Android TV).

So, if you are looking for a powerful and efficient TV Box with a lot of features, and above all the support of the manufacturer through OTA firmware updates, then you should definitely consider buying UGOOS AM6. Considering the features and potential of the AM6 TV Box, the price does not seem excessive. We recommend an UGOOS AM6 TV Box.

UGOOS AM6

$129.99
9.2

PERFORMANCE

9.6/10

USABILITY

9.0/10

FEATURES

9.0/10

DESIGN

9.2/10

VALUE

9.0/10

Pros

  • Fast and stable work
  • Mega performance
  • Good video playback
  • Fast WiFI
  • Additional UGOOS features

Cons

  • Netflix up to 540p
  • Youtube only 1080p, 4K via YouTube for Android TV
  • The remote control doesn't have a mouse function

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