REVIEW: A95X F2 a cheap Box with Android 9 and Amlogic S905X2 SoC

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A95X F2 is a new Android TV model of which we present today its analysis or review, a TV-Box that has the Amlogic S905X2 SoC that is quite popular in the market. This TV-Box has several hardware versions that differ in their internal storage and all have the Android 9 Pie system installed. Let’s see in our review how this device behaves and how it defends itself regarding direct competition.
  • A95X F2 can be purchased in Geekbuying.com only for $51 (45€) with free shipping

PRODUCT DETAILS

ModelA95X F2
Basic SpecsSoC: Amlogic S905X2 Quad Core Cortex-A53 (32bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.5GHz / 12nm
System: Android 9 (32bit)
Ram and storage: 2/4GB DDR3 – 16/32/64GB eMMC (2/16GB in review)
Network: Wifi b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6212) (32GB version) / Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.1 4K@75fps / Jack AV / SPDIF / USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset
Extras: IR remote control / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 5V 2A adapter
Materials and measures: Plastic / Frontal Led panel / 130 x 130 x 20 mm / 160 gr.

Unboxing

The A95X F2 comes in a standard cardboard box with a generic logo on the top, inside we found the TV-Box, the IR remote control, HDMI cable 4K@60fps compatible, Manual and a classic DC 5V 2A adapter.

Description

The box of the A95X F2 is made of plastic and has a box design with upper stripes where only the front display stands out with the time in blue. On the sides and in the back area we have all the connectors in a classic configuration, the IR remote control has copy keys for other controls and keys for YouTube and Netflix. Inside the AV jack we have the update button in case it is necessary to update the firmware. On the motherboard we can see the Wifi b/g/n chip and a single internal wifi antenna.

  • Remote Control: Basic IR control / No microphone / No Flymouse / We can choose other alternatives.
  • Alternate control: We can control remotely using the app  Cetusplay / It also brings the Cast play app similar to Cetus.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and Android system

We connect the A95X F2 to the current and boots the default launcher based on squares, we can customize the lower area by adding shortcut icons to the apps we want. In the installed apps, TVMC Player stands out, which is KODI and Miracast for screen sharing. The performance of Android 9 is good at desktop level or with basic apps and works well without forced closures of classic apps.

  • Launcher: We can change launcher but only Pixel launcher works 100% / Android UI rendering at 1080p.
  • Multitasking and access: Multitasking only available from lower bar / Account with lower bar but not higher.
  • Languages and Google Play: All the international Android classics / Google Play installed.
  • On/Off Controls: If we keep press the power button we have reset and power off option / Configurable in settings.
  • System version and root: Android 9 (32 bit) / The system IS root by default / YES, menu to deactivate it in settings.
  • Support: This box don’t have website for direct support / Firmware available and OTA / Custom firmware not available

Network, storage, RAM and ports

The A95X F2 TV-Box has eMMC memory as internal storage, has a USB 3.0 port and SD card reader. In the network section you have a Wifi b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6212) and 10/100 Ethernet port connector.

  • Storage: Total 32GB  – Free 29GB / NTFS + exFAT compatible / Expandable with a USB memory stick.
  • RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR3.
  • Network: Basic speed with one internal wifi antenna / Range 46dBm, basic. / Bluetooth OK.
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC.
USB 2.0USB 3.0microSDSATA
Read / Write22/17 MB/s110/36 MB/s18/19 MB/s

Power and performance

At the power level the A95X F2 has with the Amlogic S905X2 Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A53 processors and in the graphic section a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU that is in the mid / low range. This SoC is manufactured in 12nm, has a fairly controlled power consumption and temperatures are low if we demand performance in powerful games.

  • Consumption: Off 0.5W / Standby 2W / Basic use 3W / Maximum 3.5W
  • Thermals: Minimum 40ºC / Maximum 70ºC / Maintains performance up to 91% / Heat zone on the top / Noise 0db
  • Games and emulators: IS possible to play titles such as PUBG with low settings / Emulators up to Wii / NO Vulkan support.
  • Controls: Compatible with Gamepads by cable or bluetooth.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Video playback test

In the video playback aspect, the A95X F2 features the Amlogic S905X2 SoC and a VPU Amlogic TruLife Gen8 compatible with most modern video formats such as h.265 and VP9 with 4K HDR native resolution support and features an app for quality settings of video. We can use players like KODI or PLEX without the slightest problem, the system comes by default with a version of KODI full of addons that we recommend uninstalling. At the audio level we can play DD and DTS sound up to 5.1 through the HDMI port. Check our Amlogic S905X2 SoC Comparison against all SoCs to see more details about A/V aspects of this SoC.

Video results

FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bitFrameskip
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK
h.265 / 4K / 8bitOK
h.265 / 4K / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P1 / 4K / 8bitOK
VP9 P2 / 4K / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P2 / 8K / 10bit HDRFrameskip
Max. Bitrate100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s.
  • The maximum bitrate depends on the port used to connect or the limitations of SAMBA Networks.

Audio test results

FormatsDD / DTS 5.1DD+ / DTS MADD True / DTS HRDD Atmos / DTS X
HDMIOK / OKCoreCorePCM / Core*
OpticalOK / OKCoreCoreCore*
  • PCM – Stereo only doing downmix from DD or DTS
  • Core – Only the core of the format is played back with what we passed to the Dolby / DTS base system
    * Our AV receiver does not support these native formats but we verify that it is played back to 7.1

Streaming services

In our usual tests with streaming services we see how the most popular services work. The A95X F2 presents the classic configuration without certificates that limits us in quality in several streaming services, luckily it seems that if it is compatible with most services even if they are in their most basic SD quality

Streaming serviceVideo / AudioResultManual
YoutubeHD (720p) / StereoOK
Google Play MoviesHD (720p) / StereoOK
NetflixSD+ (540p) / StereoOK, installing the apk and needs a mouseNetflix on Android
HBOFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK, needs a mouse
Amazon Prime VideoSD (480p) / StereoOK, needs a mouseAmazon Prime video on Android
DAZNHD (720p) / StereoOK
IPTVFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK

CONCLUSIONS

Score

A95X F2

0.00
6.8

DESIGN AND CONNECTIVITY

6.5/10

HARDWARE

7.0/10

POWER

7.5/10

SUPPORT

6.5/10

PRICE/QUALITY

6.5/10

Pros

  • Android 9 with OTA
  • 4GB RAM
  • Root selector
  • Compact
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Only wifi b/g/n and Ethernet 10/100

Opinion

After analyzing the A95X F2 we can say that we are facing a classic low-price TV-Box with Amlogic S905X2 SoC, a device with enough hardware for normal multimedia use with players such as KODI up to 4K or for IPTV. The Android 9 installed system behaves normally, it moves smoothly thanks to the 4GB of RAM installed, we do not have forced closures and it surprises us with several OTA updates even.

At the level of WiFi connectivity, the A95X F2 is basic since it uses a simple Wifi b/g/n adapter in this 32GB version, in terms of power we can play titles like PUBG in low settings and the temperature is kept quite controlled. The included remote control is very simple and only for basic apps that do not require many keystrokes such as KODI.

In short, the A95X F2 is a correct TV-Box for a basic use that does not stand out in anything special except for the root selector in the system settings and little else.

WHERE TO BUY AND ADD-ONS

  • A95X F2 can be purchased in Geekbuying.com only for $51 (45€) with free shipping

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Hi, you wrote: basic speed with “one external wifi antenna”. Can you tell me more? Because I bought this box and internal wifi is totally rubbish. Thanks

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Hi, How did you get surround sound through optical output? I played some local movies with DD or DTS audio in spdif passthrough mode, I tried every single settings with 4 different media player app but couldn’t get better audio than PCM 2.0. (I have a 5.1 DD and DTS compatibble receiver.) (I also read on a forum some people experienced the same with this tv box and also with other boxes with android 9 or 8.1. They had no issue watching movies with surround sound with android 7.1 or older tv boxes.) And 1 more question because this is… Read more »

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