Today in the review I propose to consider the inexpensive A95X F3 TV box on the SoC Amlogic S905X3.
If in short – a good TV box for your money, which does not overheat and has a fast WiFi / Bluetooth module.
In the review, we will get acquainted with the appearance, capabilities of the device and take a look – what’s inside.
The A95X F3 TV box is based on the Amlogic S905X3 SoC (system on a chip) released in 2019.
In essence, the Amlogic S905X3 is an upgraded version of the S905X2.
The differences lie in the use of four more productive, energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores versus Cortex-A53 cores in the S905X2. The S905X3 has a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) / Neural Network Accelerator (NNA), which provides better support for voice command processing.
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A95X F3 Specifications:
Processor – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Cortex A55 processor up to 1.9 GHz;
GPU – ARM Dvalin MP2 (Mali-G31 MP2);
RAM / Flash memory – 4 GB / 32 (64) GB one eMCP chip;
Wi-Fi – IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 + 5 GHz, MIMO 2 x 2 (2T2R);
Bluetooth – Bluetooth 4.1;
1 * HDMI – version 2.1
1 * S / PDIF
1 * AV – 480i / 576i standard definition
2 * USB – 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
1 * RJ45 – Ethernet interface, support 10/100 m
1 * TF Card – Support for memory cards up to 64 GB
Power supply – 5 V, 2 A;
OS – Android 9;
* Amlogic video engine (AVE) with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders
* Support for multi-mode decoder – 4K x 2K 60fps + 1x1080P 60fps
* Supports multiple video encoding / decoding sessions, simultaneous decoding and encoding
* Video / image decoders:
Amlogic video engine (AVE) with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders
* Support for multi-mode decoder – 4K x 2K 60fps + 1x1080P 60fps
* Supports multiple “secured” video decryption sessions, simultaneous decoding and encoding
* Video / image decoders:
-VP9 Profile-2 to 4K x 2K 60fps
-H.265 HEVC MP-10 L5.1 up to 4K x 2K 60fps
-AVS2-P2 profile up to 4K x 2K 60fps
– H.264 AVC HP L5.1 to 4K x 2K 30fps
-H.264 MVC up to 1080P 60fps
MPEG-4 ASP L5 up to 1080P 60fps (ISO-14496)
-WMV / VC-1 SP / MP / AP up to 1080P 60fps
-AVS-P16 (AVS +) / AVS-P2 JiZhun profile up to 1080P 60fps
MPEG-2 MP / HL up to 1080P 60fps (ISO-13818)
-MPEG-1 MP / HL up to 1080P 60fps (ISO-11172)
-RealVideo 8/9/10 to 1080P 60fps
Optional: customizable RGB backlight.
A95X F3 is delivered in a black cardboard box. On the front side is inscribed “Smart tv box”. On the back side is a sticker with brief specifications.
– TV box A95X F3;
– remote control;
– Power Supply;
– HDMI cable;
– user’s manual.
The complete remote control works through the IR channel. The case is made of plastic. Rubber buttons are pressed clearly, with a soft click. In the upper part, a block of learning buttons is highlighted that can be taught to IR commands from the TV remote. The instruction manual is printed on the underside of the console. Power is provided by two AAA cells.
The power supply and HDMI cord are the same as most budget TV boxes. The instruction manual on 74 pages, is translated into several languages (Eng, Deuch, French, Espanol, Italian).
The housing of the A95X F3 TV Box is made of plastic. The side faces and the overlay on the top cover are glossy, the rest of the matte.
Case dimensions: (L x W x H): 10.40 x 10.40 x 1.94 cm. Weight 150 g.
The name of the model is marked on the top cover and an adjustable RGB backlight unit is located. A small number of ventilation holes are made on the bottom of the case; the device’s design variant and its MAC address are indicated.
Indication of the operating modes of the TV box occurs with the help of a seven-segment indicator, which is located behind the front panel and customizable RGB backlight.
During operation of the A95X F3 TV Box, the indicator shows the time and type of network connection.
When the device is turned off, only the power icon is displayed, there is no time indication.
In the photo it seems that the indicator shines brightly, but in fact it shines at an average level, the color is more blue. In the dark, the eye does not bother.
Standby RGB backlight can be turned off.
RGB backlight is configured using a preinstalled application. There are a large number of color settings, display speed and backlight brightness, depending on the operating mode. It looks interesting and impressive, but I turned off the RGB backlight in all modes, since it bothers me in the dark.
The TV box is equipped with the following set of connectors:
– on the left side edge: 1xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0, MicroSD card;
– on the back side: analog AV audio / video output, optical S / PDIF connector, Ethernet RJ45, HDMI, power connector.
A95X F3 runs on Android 9, with the ability to enable Root access.
After switching on, you need to perform the initial setup of the TV box. Set the interface language (Russian is present), time, time zone and network connection.
After setting up the tv box immediately notified of the availability of software version updates. The assembly A95X_F3_M-9.0.0-201910171654 was originally installed. The version in the update is A95X_F3_M-9.0.0-201911251551.
After the first power-up, about 2.3 GB of RAM and 27 GB of internal flash memory are available.
Launcher desktop is made in the form of application tiles. It can be seen that the developers tried to make it in the style of Android TV. At the top of the desktop there is a voice search button, under the application tiles are the icons of the settings menu, applications menu and network settings.
Using the mouse swipe from the bottom of the screen, you can call up the status bar and navigation bar. The status bar displays notifications, but when you try to expand them, nothing happens. Another flaw in the status line is the dual network connection icons.
The navigation bar works flawlessly.
A very large cursor rushed into my eyes.
Due to the presence of Root rights and inquisitive minds, you can change the size and type of cursor and activate the notification curtain.
To control the RGB backlight, the Color LED Settings application is installed. In the application, you can select the mode, brightness and speed of the backlight for the main operating modes of the device.
In the “Advanced Settings” screen, sound, playback, HDMI CEC, and device behavior when you press the on / off button are available. Autoframerate (HDMI selfadaptation) settings are missing.
From useful – in “Advanced Settings” you can enable Root access and there is the ability to configure or disable noise reduction.
RAM and Falsh memory, which are implemented in the A95X F3 TV Box in one eMCP chip, showed low speed. The speed of RAM at the level of other budget TV boxes, the internal memory is slow.
When compared with budget TV-boxes, in which faster memory is installed, with everyday use, I did not notice a noticeable difference in work. The shell and programs work pretty fast.
Network interface speed
For the operation of network interfaces in the A95X F3 are responsible:
WiFi / Bluetooth – dual-band IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.2 module based on the MTK6288RSN chip with support for MIMO 2×2;
LAN – 100Mbps integrated controller in SoC;
Measurement of speed was carried out in the multiplatform utility iPerf3. The router is located at a distance of about 7m from the TV box. Despite the implementation of antennas in the form of tracks on the board, the TV box confidently receives a signal. If necessary, you can install external antennas. On the board there are platforms for their connection.
The results are as follows:
WiFi 2.4 GHz – 85 Mbps;
WiFi 5 GHz – 218 Mbps;
Ethernet – 94 Mbps.
A95X F3 TV Box is a budget TV box on the SoC Amlogic S905X3 that will cope well with tasks such as watching Youtube in 4K, watching online content and IPTV, watching UHD BDRip, BDRip, BD Remux videos, games, NES emulators, amplifying and distributing WiFi.
The TV box did not show high performance, but for everyday home use it will be more than enough.
In my opinion, manufacturers switched to Amlogic S905X3 to replace S905X2, but the potential of the new SoC has not yet been revealed.
In budget TV boxes, due to frequency limitations, for the sake of system stability, and savings on the type of memory, performance remains at the level of the previous generation SoC.
Of the advantages of the A95X F3 we can distinguish:
– appearance and build quality of the device;
– lack of overheating and throttling at maximum loads;
– the presence of Root rights;
– Fast WiFi adapter with support for MIMO 2×2;
– the presence of a branch on w3bsit3-dns.com, in which ATV firmware has already been laid out and many shortcomings in the factory firmware have been fixed;
the disadvantages include:
– lack of gigabit wired network support;
– minor flaws in the firmware, most of which are easy to fix.
Where to buy A95X F3 TV Box?
Product is shipped from the Chinese warehouse of Gearbest, remember to select priority direct mail in order to have international tax free shipping. You can also check local warehouses offers, available directly on the product page!
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