YUNDOO Y8 Review: Android TV Box powered by new Rockchip RK3399
Today we want to introduce you to YUNDOO Y8 review. As most of you remember YUNDOO Y8 is one of the first TV Boxes equipped with the new Rockchip RK3399. The new Rockchip RK3399 is a powerful processor with two Cortex A72 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz, and four Cortex A53 cores teamed with a Mali-T860MP4 GPU. Those who follow our social media could see the test dumps that YUNDOO Y8 is a true Powerful TV Box. At the moment it is the most powerful TV Box, among the tested TV Boxes. He was hailed by us as “King of Benchmarks”. How YUNDOO Y8 fell during other tests, and whether he has any weaknesses, you’ll find out in this review. We invite you to read.
I want to say thanks to Gearbest store for sending us a YUNDOO Y8 to review. Now YUNDOO Y8 Android TV Box is available on Gearbest for $129.99 + free shipping (4GB RAM / 32GB eMMC), just use coupon code: GBYDY8. TV Box is still in the presale phase.
YUNDOO Y8 TV Box specifications:
- CPU – Rockchip RK3399 processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores @ up to 2.0 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores
- GPU – Quad-core ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU
- Memory – 4GB DDR3 (optional 2GB)
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash (optional 16GB) + SD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz
- Video Codecs – 4K H.265 & VP9 decoding
- Audio Output – HDMI, optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.1 Type C port with data and video support
- Misc – Power button, reset port
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 11.60 x 11.60 x 2.35 cm
- Weight – 290 grams
What did we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:
- YUNDOO Y8 Android TV Box
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/2A (EU)
- Remote control (without AAA batteries)
- User Quick Guide
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more YUNDOO Y8 TV Box and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
YUNDOO Y8 has an unusual case, with interesting perforations. The housing is made of good quality plastic. It is also a small TV Box. YUNDOO Y8 also runs on Android 6.0.1. The front panel has IR receiver and power button with power LED. On one side is a USB 3.0 port, SD card slot and USB 3.1 Type-C . On the rear panel are: 5V/2A DC jack, Optical S / PDIF port, Reset port, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0a port and 2x USB 2.0 port.
At the bottom of the device there are holes for the discharge of hot air and on the four corners of the rubber to prevent slippage. Below also remote control.
The YUNDOO Y8 TV Box on first run via Setup Wizard allows you to quickly set up a TV Box. Below screenshots.
YUNDOO Y8 UI launcher looks great and is very readable, providing quick and easy access to the most important features. Launcher also has has a hidden status bar. The TV Box can operate only in the typical the resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (1080p 60Hz). Everything worked stable and very quickly without delays, Netflix (without the Offline option) also works without any problems.
YUNDOO Y8 support also DLNA, Miracast and an Airplay, unfortunately miracast does not work smoothly there are very large delays. We had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to router and to Internet. The speeds we received via WiFi and Ethernet are great (Ethernet: Download – 316.77Mbps Upload – 41.68Mbps, WiFi: Download – 222.80Mbps Upload – 41.11Mbps). In addition to the remote control (that looks and works great) we used a standard keyboard and mouse and Gamepad GameSir G3s. TV Box which we received was equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Using a TV Box in this configuration is a real pleasure. No delays, freezes and waiting for action. Everything worked quickly. Despite the installation of many applications and games, large storage space allows for fun. There are no advanced settings for the HDMI and Sound. Below a some screenshots.
As you know YUNDOO Y8 has a USB 3.1 Type-C that allows dual display. For testing, we used BENKS Type-C to HDMI adapter ($15.47). Unfortunately, the USB Type-C USB port is pretty deep embedded in the TV Box housing and we had to push the USB Type-C BENKS adapter. In Settings – Display Output, you can set the resolution for each HDMI. Unfortunately, Display different content fo double screen does not work. Both screens display the same image. Below are some pictures.
YUNDOO Y8 TV Box has a pre-installed TVMC Media Center application (based on Kodi 16.1).
The Y8 TV Box with new RK3399 and 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC configuration is a great TV Box or Android Game Console. TV Box excels at popular games from Google Play. Games run at the highest settings very smoothly. You can play without a problem just connect gamepad or air mouse and keyboard. We used Gamepad GameSir G3s. The combination of YUNDOO Y8 with Gamesir gamepad is great fun. Real Racing 3, Beach Buggy Racing, Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8:Airborne work great. The T860MP4 GPU is doing great.
Good news is for people who enjoy root access on TV Boxes. YUNDOO Y8 has root access.
Operating system and components
The YUNDOO Y8 TV Box runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, namely version 6.0.1. and the Linux Kernel version 4.4.16. Y8 TV Box comes with firmware build number yundoo_y8-userdebug 6.0.1 MXC89L user.arron.20170302.120520 test-keys. TV Box is equipped with a new Rockchip RK3399 processor with two Cortex A72 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz, and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at up to 1.51GHz teamed with a Mali-T860MP4 GPU, CPU speed between 408 MHz and 1.99 GHz. Unfortunately, Rockchip RK3399 is not correctly recognized in the CPU-Z application. Below screenshots.
After using the DRM info (app) we know that YUNDOO Y8 not supported Google Widevine Modular DRM, Marlin DRM, Verimatrix VCAS and unfortunately does not support Microsoft Playready DRM.
Performance tests and benchmarks
As we wrote at the beginning YUNDOO Y8 is the “King of Benchmarks”, has the best results compared to earlier tested TV Boxes. The results speak for themselves. For testing, we used the AnTuTu Video Tester 3.0 app and AnTuTu Benchmark 6.1.4. The result 1093!.
Video playback by TVMC and MX Player runs smoothly and stable. The YUNDOO Y8 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.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) without any major problems. The following table of video samples tested for TVMC (based on Kodi 16.1). Unfortunately, the TV Box has problems playing YouTube in 1080p resolution.The video does not work smoothly (weird?!?). Also, we tried to play VP9 4K video runs smoothly.
|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||Video OK (sound delays)|
|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||OK, sometimes not smoothly|
|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|
|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|
YUNDOO Y8 TV Box Benchmarks
The YUNDOO Y8 scored 77499 (nice!!!) on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.1.4. The Y8 TV Box on GeekBech 4.0.4 scored: Single Core score – 1354 and Multi Core score – 2517, and RenderScript score – 1819. As you can see, benchmarks are impressive. Below screenshots.
The YUNDOO Y8 TV Box scored 773 on Sling Shot Extreme. 851 scored on Sling Shot. 9752 scored on Ice Storm Extreme and 14263 on Ice Storm Unlimited.
Below screen with the results in Vellamo and GPUbench. YUNDOO Y8 TV Box has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 111.10MB/s – Write 59.19MB/s. RAM copy speed was 8330.27MB/s.
The new YUNDOO Y8 TV Box with the new Rockchip RK3399 is (one can not hide) one of the today’s most powerful TV Boxes on the market. YUNDOO Y8 in the specification of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage is a real Powerful TV Box that enables usability. It works fast, does not freeze, gives a sense of lightness in use. Greatly handles video playback in 4K (in various formats). Unfortunately, Youtube playback should be fixed as soon as possible (and other minor issues). If you like to play on TV Box this is YUNDOO Y8 it should satisfy you, is an Android game console, the games work great. YUNDOO Y8 is not the cheapest, and for this price ($144.17 or $129.99 at PROMO), you can find TV Boxes offering more functionality. However, in terms of potential and benchmarks, none of the existing TV Boxes can match with the YUNDOO Y8. Once again I want to say thanks to Gearbest for sending us a YUNDOO Y8 Android TV Box sample. If you care about the powerful TV Box for entertainment you should consider purchasing YUNDOO Y8.