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H96 PRO Review: Android 6.0 TV Box Popular Around The Globe

Nowadays it’s almost impossible to surprise anyone by launching a TV Box at a lower price and outstanding features list. There are plenty of similar devices packed with the latest hardware and software features. We can mention the Beelink GT1, Nexbox A1, Sunvell T95X and many more. Almost all of them come with an octa-core processor, Kodi pre-installed, Android 6.0 and/or 4K support. So it becomes more and more difficult to find the most interesting devices and introduce them to you. But we have found a new TV Box that has become popular in the globe. Meet the H96 Pro.

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Generally, reviewing TV Boxes takes a couple of hours, because they have no certain design elements we can talk for hours, no decent specs we have to compare with others and no latest software. Rely upon it, this is not the case – the H96 Pro seems to be a well-thought device coming with futuristic design, the best hardware and the newest OS. All these features make the H96 Pro stand out and grab customers’ attention. So let’s take a glance at the selling points of the H96 Pro to explore the secrets how this Android TV Box has won users’ hearts.

H96 Pro Design

By and large, we don’t like to discuss the design of TV Boxes, because they are mostly hidden in TV stands. Moreover, manufacturers do not put much efforts in creating something unique in terms of design. But this statement doesn’t refer to all TV Boxes as well as manufacturers. For example, there is the MeeGoPad T04 looking quite eye-catching and sporting no common lineaments with other TV Boxes. The same can be said for the Nexbox A1 mentioned above. I guess this list is going to be enlarged due to the H96 Pro, because the latter sports an unusual design, and it’s going to be one of the key features of this TV Box.

Honestly, manufacturers have to pay more attention to design, because the market is full of different models and customers don’t know which one to choose. In such situations design plays a primary role. Look, the H96 Pro is a Chinese TV Box looking quite similar to the Q Box S905. I mean both devices have a cool LED light wrapping around the font.

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The top of the H96 Pro comes with a glossy plastic material that carries the model number on the left upper corner, hints on one of the key features of it and showcases it’s packed with a S912 CPU.

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Looking at the TV Box from a side we can liken it with a ship or ark – the back side is more rounded, while the front side is rounded sharply. Personally, I think it looks like a spaceship seen in movies.

The left side carries two USB 2.0 ports alongside with the reset button, while two other USB 2.0 ports and a Micro SD card slot are located on the right side. The power port, HDMI port, DC, RJ45 and optical S/PDIF port are on the back.

The H96 Pro is available only in black and has a blue LED light, as I said above. It comes at dimensions of 11 x 11 x 2.5 cm and weighs 250 grams.

H96 Pro Features

Well, the H96 Pro is a stylish TV Box. We have already seen it. But what’s under the hood? Before we start looking inside I have to say there are more interesting things than off the body. As you see, the H96 Pro looks a bit bulky. But this has its reason – there are too many useful specs. The first thing you have to know is its processor – the H96 Pro is equipped with an Amlogic S912 octa-core CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz that is based on ARM Cortex A53. Thus we are dealing with one of the latest and most powerful SoCs available in the market. It’s paired with a multi-core high pref ARM Mali-820MP3 3D GPU running at up to 750MHz and 3GB DDR3 RAM. The latter offers advanced GPU technology to consumers of mainstream devices. It enables a fluid user interface and smooth casual gaming in the smallest silicon area. Though it’s not that expensive, it is still able to bring feature-rich complex graphics. Thanks to a new technology it has been designed at users will get an optimized performance both for casual content and 2D UIs. Plus, this GPU is capable of providing advanced 3D gaming and many other options. There is also 16GB eMMC flash expandable up to 32GB via micro SD slot.

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Thanks to this specs list you are given a unique chance to enjoy stellar performance when it comes to high definition video playback. It comes with 4K x 2K H.265 decoding, thus you can watch videos at your large TV sets at the highest quality. As I said, the H96 Pro has a HDMI 2.0 port with HDR and CEC support that provides 4K video playback at 60 fps. Generally, all the video codecs supported by this TV Box are:

  • VP9-10 profile 2 up to 4K at 60 fps,
  • 265 MP-10 at L5.1 up to 4K 60fps,
  • 264 AVC up to 4K at 30 fps,
  • 264 MVC up to 1080p60,
  • MPEG-4,
  • WMV/VC-1 SP/MP/AP,
  • AVS-P16(AVS+)/AVS-P2 JiZhun Profile,
  • MPEG-2 MP/HL,
  • MPEG-1 MP/HL,
  • RealVIDEO 8/9/10 all up to 1080p60.

The H96 Pro TV is also great when it comes to audio. The supported codecs are:

  • MP3,
  • AAC,
  • WMA,
  • RM,
  • FLAC,
  • Ogg,
  • and support for 5.1 down-mixing.

Unlike the previous, model the H96 Pro comes with enhanced connectivity options like an Ethernet LAN port with speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The same is true for WiFi connectivity as well – not it has 802.11 b/g/n and 5.8GHz dual band WiFi connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0 is also there.

H96 Pro Software

The H96 Pro is an Android 6.0 –powered TV Box that provides unlimited streams of movies, TV shows, sports events, games, live stream and many more. As you guess, this can be implemented via paid or free subscriptions. For example, the paid methods include Netflix, Amazon Instant video, Sling TV and so on. While the free methods come in with YouTube and Kodi 17.0 media center. The latter includes Kodi mate that allows users to install apps with one simple click. The content has been updated by 85%, thus you will be offered newer apps. Thanks to some improvements users are able to run Android games at greater speeds and higher quality.

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The Final Worlds And Availability

A year ago we have come with a helpful article introducing the best 10 Android TV Boxes available for under $150. Seems many things have been changed, as now you can find tons of similar devices. But I guess it’s a bit difficult to get your hands on a 4K TV Box packed with the latest octa-core processor for $83. Believe me or not but the H96 Pro is thought to be an affordable TV Box priced low. I guess now you understand why the H96 Pro has become so popular – powerful TV Box for a penny.

H96 PRO Review: Android 6.0 TV Box Popular Around The Globe
  • Design - 9/10
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  • Performance - 10/10
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  • Software - 10/10
    10/10
  • Connectivity - 8/10
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  • Price - 9/10
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User Rating 2.91 (175 votes)
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15 Comments

  1. need speed memory ROM and RAM benchmark test for (H96 Pro Plus, CSA93 3GB / 32GB ROM or any other BOX of 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM of the Amlogic S912).

    Please post the video or test site. Mainly the Internal read and write test using the A1 SD BENCH software or any other internal memory and RAM test software.

  2. How do you change the icons on the home screen? I don’t have kodi as one of the top 3 and would like to replace youtube or Google play with kodi.

  3. I unplugged my H96 Pro + to hook up an Ethernet cord…the cord ended up being to short. So I hooked up my box to my tv again and it won’t go to the main interface screen. I’ve unplugged it again, pushed the reset button to no avail…any suggestions anyone?

  4. Wifi problems with this box, and when it does work it cuts out and loses the signal, alot of people are having this problem with this box

  5. looks almost identical to the R Box Pro with same specs and manufacturer.. I had an R Box Pro which was fine for a month then started freezing and running slow and then died after 3.5 months in total.. So far ive owned, X96, X92 and the R BoX Pro and all are basically cheap chinese crap with a limited life expectancy…
    I’m not saying I wont buy another because the bang for your buck is decent

  6. On H96 pro plus firmware 7.1.1 & 7.1.2 the microphone does not work at all.
    I tried
    1) USB microphone with webcam
    2) bluetooth Headset
    3) USB sound card
    4) wireless remote mic (air-mouse with built in mic)
    None of the above options work to get the voice from mic. & so as you can not use google Now, google search, google assistant.

    However I tried downgrading it to Android 6.0 & mic works without any problem.

    1. Santosh:

      Do you mean that if I perform a firmware update on the H96 Pro Plus of the version I have (Android 6.0) the microphone hardware of an Airmouse would stop working? … In simple words if I keep it in 6.0, I can use it without problems ok.google, google.now (search by voice, commands, etc.) and not lose the functionality of the air fly mouse mx3 pro with microphone that I just requested for amazon ?. What voice hardware do you use for the H96pro +?
      I will really grateful with your answer.
      Sincerely AL

    2. Santosh:

      Do you mean that if I perform a firmware update on the H96 Pro Plus of the version I have (Android 6.0) the microphone hardware of an Airmouse would stop working? … In simple words if I keep it in 6.0, I can use it without problems ok.google, google.now (search by voice, commands, etc.) and not lose the functionality of the air fly mouse mx3 pro with microphone that I just requested for amazon ?. What voice hardware do you use for the H96pro +?
      I will really grateful with your answer.
      Sincerely AL

  7. Does this box support Portrait mode?
    I would like to use a box that supports Portrait mode in a digital signage app.

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