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YUNDOO Y2 Review: Android 6.0 + Octa-Core Processor + 4K Support

Like other portable devices TV boxes become smarter and more powerful. Especially Android TV Boxes are gaining momentum that means Google should add some special features for the products from this category to add their productivity. But till before offers something new manufacturers come with more and more attractive devices to grab more customers. Just recently it’s been quite satisfying to see quad-core processors and 3D support on TV Boxes, but now there are many innovative technologies developed for TVs and media content displaying, so it would be a sin not to pack the TV Boxes with them. Yundoo has been always known for its advanced TV boxes and the one we are going to get acquainted closer seems to be the best Android TV Box we have ever seen. If the latter sounds high-flown, I can rephrase it – the Yundoo Y2 is one of the most advanced Android TV Boxes available for a budget price tag.

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Yundoo Y2 Design

Though we can’t say this TV box comes with a futuristic design or something like that, the Yundoo Y2 looks quite attractive and it’s obvious the manufacturer has paid some attention to its design. Honestly, of a good specs list device comes in an ugly housing, no one will pay attention to it, therefore it will have low sales. That’s why TV box makers try to come in with a well-looking devices. Plus, TV boxes are placed next to the TV sets, so they should integrate into overall interior. In this sense, the Yundoo Y2 should have no problem, as it comes in a stylish design, and though it’s made of ABS plastic and offers no extraordinary elements, it has an eye-catching look.

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Like many other TV boxes, the Yundoo Y2 comes only in black and you can find only the brand and the selling point of this device located on the upper cover of it. The brand is written with a holographic paint, so it shines when looking from different angles. The front side has a high-grade, but it is just an element of design and has no functional meaning. The back side is higher than the front side, but it’s explicable – almost all the connectivity ports and slots are located there. For example, the back side of the Yundoo Y2 carries two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45, an AV, an optical ports and a DC 5V port to connect the charger. There is also one slot designed for memory expansion that is located on the right side. Honestly, we have seen other TV boxes with more ports and slots, but if you are not satisfied with the quantity of interfaces available on this device, you can use a USB hub such as the U3 – 272 or this one. The bottom side of the Yundoo Y2 has gaps to remove the hot air and not to harm the motherboard and hardware.

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The product comes at dimensions of 9.30 x 9.30 x 1.50 cm and weighs only 191 grams. So you can take it wherever you go and use it there, though I don’t think TV boxes are transported often.

Yundoo Y2 Features

This TV box is packed with an Amlogic S912 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor clocked at up to 2.0GHz. This is a very powerful CPU and it can be found on such TV boxes such as the Nexbox A1, Enybox X2, Beelink GT1, H96 PRO or the Sunvell T95Z Plus. All the abovementioned devices provide a great performance thanks to this CPU. But it couldn’t succeed alone – this processor is paired with an ARM Mali-820MP3 GPU running up to 750MHz, 2GB DDR3 of RAM and 32GB eMMC internal memory expandable up to 64GB via SD card slot.

As for connectivity, the Yundoo Y2 comes with an HDMI 2.0 and AV ports for video and audio output. The optical S/PDIF is used for audio output as well. The TV box supports a list of video and audio codecs such as VP9-10 / and H.265 up to 4Kx2K at 60fps, H.264, WMV, MPEG-1/2/4, VC-1, AVS, and RealVideo up to1080p at 60fps and MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, Ogg, and programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing, respectively. There is also a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port for LAN connection as well as Dual Band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support. But if you want to connect some peripherals to the box you can also use Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity option as well.

The Yundoo Y2 runs on Android 6.0 that brings a lot of joy to your big screen TV. Say, you can download many games and play them on bigger screens than your regular laptop or desktop PC. The same is true for watching movies and displaying other media content. The latter is one of the key features of this TV box, as it supports 4K HD videos at a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, so you won’t miss any pixel. Thanks to H.265 decoding it reduces the volume of the video without the video definition and saving 50% of broadband resources.

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There are two useful features as well – DLNA and AirPlay. If your big TV has a corresponding feature, you can stream the media content in your Android-powered mobile phone to the TV set using this TV box as an intermediate device. The same can be implemented via AirPlay, if you decide to do the same via iPhones or iPads.

Pros

  • Octa-core processor
  • Android 6.0
  • 4K support
  • DLNA/AirPlay Streaming Options
  • Price

Cons

  • Design
  • Less interfaces

Availability and Final Words

The Yundoo Y2 is the first TV box of this brand we have ever reviewed, and I have to say we have been surprised to see so many latest features in one TV box. Moreover, it is not overpriced – you can get your hands on the Yundoo Y2 for only $56. Thus it’s one of the most affordable TV boxes from this category.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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