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VENZ V12 Ultra Review: Android TV Box powered by Amlogic S912

Today we want to introduce you to Venz V12 Ultra review. Venz V12 Ultra is a new flagship TV Box and another great TV Box from Venztech company.  As we mentioned in the previous articles, the new Venz V12 Ultra TV Box is well equipped, and has 3GB of RAM DDR4, 16GB eMMC and is powered by the well-known Amlogic S912. Probably you are curious how the new flagship TV Box from Venztech came out in the tests? We will probably bet enough if we say that Venztech team did a good job. More in this review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.

I want to say thanks to Venz Technology Co., Ltd. (known as Venztech) company and VENZTECH B.V. for sending us a VENZ V12 Ultra TV Box to review. V12 Ultra Android TV Box will soon be available at the company’s distributors in the retail price of €169.95 Including VAT.

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Venz V12 Ultra

VENZ V12 ULTRA technical specifications:

  • Chipset – Amlogic S912 / Octa Core ARM 64-bit Cortex A53 up to 2GHz
  • GPU – Quad Core ARM Mali-T820 up to 750MHz(DVFS)
  • Memory – 3GB RAM DDR4
  • Internal storage – 16GB eMMC Flash + micro SD card
  • Wireless – Dual Band 2.4GHz & 5.8GHz 802.11 ac/b/g/n WIFI, Bluetooth 4.1 receiver
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a port up to UHD 4K @ 60fps, CEC, HDCP2.2
  • Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a, AV out, Optical out, 2 channel stereo output
  • Power Supply– AC-DC SPS adapter 5V/2A (FCC, CE, CCC certified)
  • HD Video support – 720P, 1080I, 1080P FHD, 3D Mode, UHD 4K @ 60fps 10-bit
  • Decoder format – 10-bit VP9-10 profile-2 up to 4K*[email protected], H.265 HEVC, H.264 AVC 4K*[email protected], H.264, MVC up to [email protected] VP9, AVS+, MPEG1/2/4 ASP, WMV/VC-1, RealVideo8/9/10
  • Video formats – MKV, WMV, MOV, MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG, DAT, VOB, FLV, 3GP, DIVX, F4V, ASF, M2V, dat, avi, mov, iso, rm
  • Music formats – MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, M4A, MP4, AAC, APE, FLAC, Dolby & DTS audio
  • Picture formats – JPG, MJPEG, JPEG, BMP, PNG,TIFF, GIF
  • Subtitle formats – sub, smi, ssa, srt, idx + sub
  • Network functions – PPPoE, VPN, Portable Wifi hotspot, DLNA
  • Support file system – EXT3, FAT32, NTFS
  • USB 2.0 Host – one USB Host *2 and one USB OTG*1
  • Network – RJ45 Cable socket support LAN speed to 1000Mbps (Gigabit LAN)
  • Operation System – Android 6.0.1 (Android 7.0 update in near future)
  • KODI – Krypton 17.1
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Misc –VZ-RK-1 “Ladyshape” Airmouse with keyboard and remote control (3-in-1), full aluminium casing
  • Dimensions – 150mm*115mm*28mm
  • Weight – n/a

Venz V12 Ultra

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

  • VENZ V12 Ultra Android TV Box
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
  • VENZ VZ-RK-1 (3-in-1) remote control, airmouse with keyboard
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • VENZ VZ-RK-1 User Manual
  • Multi language (21 languages) Quick Start Guide
Venz V12 Ultra

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The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Venz V12 Ultra TV Box and bundled accessories.


First impressions, settings, overview of features

At the beginning, it is worth mentioning that Venztech is probably the only manufacturer that attaches 2x AAA batteries. The VENZ V12 Ultra TV Box is a made very solidly and aesthetically. The case is made of aluminum in black color, aluminum casing is good for cooling (a big plus), and looks elegant. The case and the TV Box are doing a very good impression. TV Box is a really high quality. As mentioned at the beginning of TV Box is equipped with a latest SoC from Amlogic called Amlogic S912which supports VP9-10 Profile-2 up to [email protected], H.265 HEVC [email protected] up to [email protected], H.264 [email protected] up to [email protected], H.264 MVC up to 1080p @60fps, MPEG-4 [email protected] up to [email protected] (ISO-14496) and more. TV Box also runs on Android 6.0. On the front panel V12 Ultra TV Box has a IR receiver and power LED. On one side there are three USB 2.0 ports (1x USB OTG). On the rear panel are: external Wifi antenne, Power button, DC jack, S/PDIF optical audio,Gigabit LAN (RJ45), Reset hole, HDMI 2.0a, and micro SD card slot.

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At the bottom of the device there are rubber pads to prevent shifting. The V12 Ultra TV Box also has holes for the discharge of hot air.

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Venz V12 Ultra

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The new VENZ V12 Ultra comes with the well-known VENZ VZ-RK-1 (airmouse with keyboard) from the VENZ V10 review here. Now when buying VENZ V12 Ultra TV Box, airmouse with keyboard VZ-RK-1 receive in the set (a big plus). Of course VENZ VZ-RK-1 can be purchased separately about €24,95 incl. VAT.

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Using VENZ VZ-RK-1 is a real pleasure. Great in the palm of your hand, the buttons respond quickly and you do not have to use a typical keyboard or bluetooth keyboard because you have everything in one device. Boldly say that VENZ VZ-RK-1 is a 3-in-1 device: remote control + airmouse + QWERTY keyboard. The big advantage of VENZ VZ-RK-1 is compatibility with other Android TV Boxes. A big plus for the manufacturer is that instead of the usual remote control, it puts the VENZ VZ-RK-1 which together with the V12 Ultra TV Box creates a great team.

VENZ VZ-RK-1

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Venz V12 Ultra TV Box has a well-known UI / launcher from earlier models ( VENZ V10 and V10 Pro), launcher looks great and is very readable, providing quick and easy access to the most important features. Very easy and quick passes between the icons. We chose typical 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. Netflix (720p) works without problems. V12 Ultra support also DLNA, Miracast and AirPlay. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to router and to Internet (Ethernet: Download – 316.27Mbps Upload – 40.98Mbps, WiFi: Download – 181.87Mbps Upload – 41.74Mbps). In addition to the VENZ VZ-RK-1 airmouse with a keyboard, we used a standard keyboard and mouse and also Gamepad GameSir G3s. Although the device in its specification has 16GB eMMC, storage has 11.87GB of data. The Venz V12 Ultra TV Box is another TV Box which has Kodi 17.1 “Krypton”. Below some screenshots.

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If you want to use your smartphone to manage your TV Box, we can recommend a good app called CetusPlay. Applications (app on host and app on smartphone) are available on the Google Play store. Install CetusPlay On TV/Box app on TV box and open, Install CetusPlay on a smartphone.

If we mean a home entertainment center, you can not forget about the games. Therefore, it is worth mentioning that on the V12 Ultra TV Box you can play in games from Google Play store.  You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or keyboard. Venz V12 Ultra in combination with VENZ VZ-RK-1 works great with Fruit Ninja® and Jetpack Joyride. On the other hand, if you combine the gamepad (we used GameSir G3s) with the Venz V12 Ultra you can easily play Beach Buggy Racing, Real Racing 3. Games works without problem, even with high resolution works trouble free.

Operating system and components

The Venz V12 Ultra runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1 and the Linux Kernel version 3.14.29. Venz V12 Ultra TV Box comes with firmware build number V1.0.1.20170331, but we updated the firmware to the latest version build number V1.0.1.20170511 (you can download new firmware here).

The TV Box is equipped in the very popular a SoC Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ up to 2.0GHz processor and GPU ARM Mali-T820MP3, CPU speed between 100 MHz and 2.0 GHz (but in CPU-Z app only 1.51 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 V12 Ultra (q201_Venz) and board q201_Venz. Below screenshots.

After using the DRM info (app) we know that V12 Ultra TV Box supports Google Widevine Moudlar DRM, but unfortunately does not support Microsoft Playready DRM, Marlin DRM and Verimatrix VCAS. Device does not have root access. We have good news for everyone who needs root access. Venz V12 Ultra has installed root access.

Performance tests and benchmarks

For testing, we use the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.1.4. The result 858. Also worthy of note is that V12 Ultra TV Box did not have not supported codecs.

Video playback by Kodi 17.1 Krypton and MX Player runs smoothly and stableThe Venz V12 Ultra 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 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. TV Box Also copes well with playing the video on YouTube – videos plays in 1080p.  We tried to play VP9 4K video and also 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 Video OK (sound 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 OK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps OK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400Mbps sometimes 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 OK
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 OK
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

 

HD audio passthrough scheme

Venz V12 Ultra Benchmarks

The Venz V12 Ultra scored 41268 on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4 The V12 Ultra on GeekBech 4 scored: Single Core score – 542 and Multi Core score – 2414, and RenderScript score – 1854. Below screenshots.

 

The Venz V12 Ultra scored 387 on Sling Shot Extreme and Sling Shot scored 597. On Ice Storm Extreme scored 5991. 10407 scored on Ice Storm Unlimited.

Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. V12 Ultra TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 56.37MB/s – Write 10.87MB/s. RAM copy speed was 3353.96MB/s.

Conclusions

VENZ VZ-RK-1

As we wrote in the introduction of the review. Venz V12 Ultra, new flagship TV Box from Venztech, is another good TV Box of this company. It works quickly and smoothly, without any delays. It has a nicely designed launcher. It also has great specifications and equipment. In the set you will find the VENZ VZ-RK-1 airmouse with keyboard, which will replace the typical remote control, mouse and keyboard. You do not have to move from the couch anymore :). VZ-RK-1 is dedicated to TV Boxes from Venztech, but with other Android TV Boxes also works without problems. Venz V12 Ultra is a great TV Box to create a home entertainment center. No problem playing video in various formats and also in 4K resolution. On TV Box also play most games from the Google Play store. It is also worth noting that TV Box is supported by the manufacturer (firmware updates), and will be supported by 3-years warranty in Europe covered by Venztech B.V. and exclusive partners. It was priced at €169,95 including VAT. Once again I want to say thanks to Venztech company and VENZTECH B.V. for sending us a V12 Ultra sampleGiven the specification and equipment set (VZ-RK-1) and the warranty, this is a good value for money. Is it worth buying the VENZ V12 Ultra? The answer is YES. We recommend a Venz V12 Ultra Android TV Box.

Venz V12 Ultra

€169,95
Venz V12 Ultra
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Performance

9/10

    Usability

    9/10

      Features

      9/10

        Design

        10/10

          Value

          10/10

            Pros

            • Good video playback
            • Fast and stable work
            • High-End design
            • Good value for money
            • Airmouse with keyboard included

            Cons

            • Nothing so far

            • Yuri Yuriev

              Nice paid review of cheap S912 box for 3X price. Nice joke.

              • ast_team

                I do not think so. Show me the Amlogic S912 TV Box with 3GB of RAM DDR4, with remote control features airmouse with keyboard included and 3 year warranty (and firmware support) in Europe

                • Ion Popescu

                  Netflix HD??? Funyyyy!
                  Really?
                  Pls, I’m still laughing!
                  :)))
                  “We chose typical 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. Netflix (HD) works without problems”
                  I dont believe, not even 720p Netflix, only 480p, like 99% Android boxes without HDCP 2.2.

                  • ast_team
                    • Ion Popescu

                      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c35f6cbec55b7732fd8c71459dc9aa56125c1d86ee6da1db20178bf8609c4445.png

                      In the DRM checkup I see that HDCP it’s unprotected, I dont care about what’s on the label. Not even Minix has HDCP 2.2 only HDCP 1.1 on AML 912 Soc.
                      Can you post a a video with Netflix video test pattern?

                    • ast_team

                      After a closer look at this inaccuracy, and after contacting with Venztech company. I admit you’re right, Netflix on V12 Ultra operates in the maximum resolution of 720p.

                    • Ion Popescu

                      I quote from wrxtasy: “I’ve been playing around with Netflix on the U9 lately – and have found, even with massaged normal HD Netflix App floating about the resolution would not stream above 720x480p Same all all other Non Approved Netflix devices”.

                      And beeing a rooted device bye-bye Netflix, not even Sd, since theirs latest apk update. Ok, until further noticed, you can sideload Netflix app and receive 480p Netflix (720×480) not 720 p.
                      This is a Non Approved Netflix device, no Netflix HD.
                      So, 170 bucks it’s a ripoff.
                      But, everybody’s must pay the price, why not?
                      912 Amlogic Soc sucks badly, not GOOD CHOICE TO BUY!

            • k buwalda

              I have the Venz v12 Ultra but youtube is not working, how can you gif a Positive test.
              Or will you be paid by venztech.
              I’ve just wanted to contact with venztech but have not heard anything until now, Even the latest firmware does not solve the problem

              • ast_team

                New firmware (20170511) solves Youtube problem. It’s not enough to just update frmware. You still have to erase everything: settings-> backup-> erase everything

                • k buwalda

                  Thanks now it works, strange that nothing is told by venztech itself.

                  • ast_team

                    You’re welcome

            • TheWeepingCorpse .

              yet another box thats only 32 bit android, so the 64 bit soc is running in 32 bit compatibilty mode *sigh*