H96 MAX X4, the FAKE BOX, buy a S905X4 and get a S905X3.


A few weeks ago we knew the release of the new TV-Box H96 MAX X4 with circular design and its alleged configuration with the new SoC Amlogic S905X4 and Android 10, a product that as we will see is FAKE.

This Box we can buy it in multiple Aliexpress stores at a reduced price, but that actually integrates a SoC Amlogic S905X3 and the operating system is Android 9, a total fraud to their buyers. From here we encourage all those who have bought it to send the link of this article to open a claim and recover ALL the money of the TV-Box because it is a FALSE product. AliExpress has tough policies against counterfeit products and the normal thing is to fully recover the money without having to send the fake product. Any help you need to make the claim, leave a comment and we will try to collaborate.

FAKE S905X4, IT IS REALLY A S905X3

We can see with the app Aida 64 the data of the detected CPU, according to the advertising of the H96 MAX X4 is a S905X4, but if we see the system data we can see how it is FAKE and is actually a S905X3.

  • The CPU ID is r1p0 which is equivalent to S905X3 / r2p0 is the ID of S905X4.
  • The speed does not match either, on a S905X4 it should be 2GHZ.
  • The name of the board is FRANKLIN the common name of the S905X3.
  • If from a terminal we do “cat /proc/cpuinfo” we can see that the serial corresponds to a S905X3.
  • In the codecs we do not have AV1 support as it is logical being a S905X3 and Android 9.
  • Motherboard is marked as S905X3, just a FAKE S90X4.

FAKE ANDROID 10, IT IS REALLY ANDROID 9

If we also check the system data we see that in the settings it is indicated that the system is Android 10 but it is FALSE, if we look at the actual system data we see that it is really Android 9 another point that indicates that we are dealing with a SoC S905X3 really because there is no Android 10 for that SoC.

  • The security patch version and the kernel do not match an Android 10, is Android 9.
  • The real version is Android 9 which matches an S905X3 SoC and the Kernel / Security Patch version.

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Parker

Great article

My eyes are bleeding from the forced smooth scroll on desktop, though.

radek

They reduced specification to low cost. But who on aliexpress know about it????

Last edited 15 days ago by radek
gbo

It’s also written on the main board, s905x3 v20

I’ve managed to install the x3 latest firmware following the USB burner procedure, at least it gets OTA and seem to be a “legit” X3.

JanitoP

I am also a victim of this fraud. Thank you very much for this research and article. I also used it as evidence in the dispute I opened up with Aliexpress.

gbo

I have more news. The seller actually tried to fool aliexpress with a photo of the board where s905x3 is grossly hidden with paintbrush or something.

I didn’t upload a picture of the board first, I now did. ( with s905x3 written ).

It’s easier for me to prove they’re actually scamming now I guess 🙂

It just takes a really long time for Aliexpress to figure it out 🙁

https://imgur.com/ZAU3ws9

Last edited 11 days ago by gbo
gbo

It didn’t.

Aliexpress denies it counterfeit and just allows a refund with sending the item back.

https://imgur.com/OsksuoB

Not sure what to do now …

gbo
gbo

The stepped in twice.
1st time they proposed for me to send the product back
2nd time they proposed to give 15EUR back instead of 50.

I believe H96 is the one faking the boxes.

And … Aliexpress HAS intrestest in H96

JanitoP

What was AliExpress’s judgement for your case? I paid $44 total with shipping. First they wanted to give me a $14 refund. I rejected it, then they offered a $24 refund because they claimed that the box does have some value. Ultimately, I accepted because I was tired of this unprofessional attitude so $20 for a S905x3 box isn’t that bad. Have to see how long it lasts.

gbo

Same thing happened. They are perfectly aware of the scam. Last time I order on this platform.

Janito P

Who is the seller so that I don’t buy from them at all?

JanitoP

What x3 latest firmware did you use for this box? Can you send a link?

gbo

That’s the one https://androidpctv.com/firmware-h96-max-x3-rom-update/

You’ll have to follow the USB burning thing TO THE LETTER :’)

https://androidpctv.com/firmware-update-guide-tvbox-soc-amlogic/#FLASH_FIRMWARE_WITH_IMG_FILE section 1B

A USB drive didn’t work, maybe SDcard does but I didn’t have a writer near me.

Janito P

Thank you.