New cheap box with Android that we have today in AliExpress called M98 Plus and that this time includes the SoC AMlogic S905W2 as engine.
A generic Box with Android 11 as OS that does not stand out especially in design or inside. Its Amlogic processor has no problems being used as a media player and is even compatible with the new AV1 video codec and with support for content up to HDR 10+. An interesting processor within the cheap range as you can see in our Analysis and that is basically oriented to multimedia playback, running apps and that could even soon be compatible with EmuELEC.
As always we warn you that it is not recommended to use this BOX to view payment platforms such as Netflix, since it lacks certificates to view them in maximum video quality, for this we have better options.
M98 Plus Specifications
The M98 Plus includes an Amlogic S905W2 SoC manufactured in 12nm soldered on its small motherboard. This chip is a Quad Core with low power ARM Cortex-A35 processors and a MALI-G3 MP2 GPU. This processor is enough to move the Android 11 included, streaming apps, KODI, IPTV and some simple 3D load games that, as always, the CPU is cooled by a fanless heatsink, so we don’t have any noise.
In this box, we have versions with 1/2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 8/16 GB of eMMc storage memory on the board. It also has a memory card reader in micro SD format that allows us to increase its internal storage capacity.
In the wireless connectivity section in the M98 Plus we have for this purpose Dual Band Wi-Fi aC with internal antenna and Bluetooth 4.1. As for connectors, on the perimeter of its circular plastic box we find 2 USB 2.0 ports, 3.5 mm connector for analogue Audio and video, SPDIF digital audio output, HDMI 2.0 video output port and a network connector RJ-45 10/100.
Among the accessories included, we have a simple infrared remote control, power supply and all the necessary cables to start it up right out of the box.
Price and availability
- The M98 Plus TV Box with Amlogic S905W2 SoC can be purchased on AliExpress from $26 with free shipping included.