REVIEW: A95X F4 a low-cost Android TV-Box with Amlogic S905X4 SoC


A95X F4 is the Android TV-Box that we present today its review. Undoubtedly this will be one of the most popular devices on the market for those looking for something economical, powerful and do not need certificates for streaming.

The new A95X F4 has the new Amlogic S905X4 SoC that allows Android to move smoothly, a hardware far superior to the Xiaomi Mi Box for example and has support for the new AV1 codec. This TV-Box has Android 10 operating system, includes a remote control and flashy colored LEDs. This hardware as we say is not intended for paid streaming systems, but we have that if much more freedom to install and manage apps of all kinds.

Let’s see in our review how the A95X F4 performs and what it offers compared to its current rivals.

  • A95X F4 is available in Aliexpress or Geekbuying only for $42 (€ with schipping cost included. Copons for Geekbuying, 2/16GB 5AQZA25N, 4/32GB 5AQZ6MCM, 4/64GB 5AQZ2RZD, 4/128GB 5AQYXTCV.

PRODUCT DETAILS

A95X F4
SoC: Amlogic S905X4 Quad Core 4x ARM-A55 @ 1.8GHz (64bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 12nm.
System: Android 10 (32bit).
Components: 2/4GB RAM DDR3 / 16/32/64/128GB eMMC / Wifi ac + Bluetooth 4.2 (RTL8822CS).
Ports: HDMI 2.1 / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / AV / SPDIF / microSD.
Extras: IR Remote / HDMI Cable / Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A (10W).
Materials and dimensions: Plastic / LED Panel / LED RGB LED top / 112 x 135 x 24 mm / 250 gr.

Unboxing

The Android TV-Box A95X F4 comes in a cardboard box with the image of the product in the upper area and little information about its functions. Inside we find the TV-Box, remote control, HDMI cable, 5V 2A charger and a first steps manual.

Description

This A95X F4 has a hexagonal design, on the sides we have a 10/100 Ethernet connector, USB 2.0, AV jack, HDMI 2.1, SPDIF, power connector, a USB 3.0 and microSD reader to expand the internal storage. We also have a fairly basic IR remote control that may not be worth changing for a wireless PC mouse to operate it more comfortably with a pointer.

This TV-Box has a Wifi aC + Bluetooth 4.2 chip (RTL8822CS) with an internal wifi antenna. The passive cooling system is very basic. On one side it has a reset button to reboot the system if it suffers a software catastrophe and be able to reset it.

  • Remote Control: Basic IR Remote / Compatible with keyboard and mouse / App control for Cetusplay.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and Android system

We turn on the A95X F4 and it starts automatically, after a few seconds we get to the new launcher installed which is based on rows with different shortcuts. In general this launcher is quite uncomfortable and we can change it for another that we like more from Google Play. The performance is good, we can move smoothly and quickly between menus. Unfortunately we do not have navigation bars or notification area.

  • Launcher: We can change de the launcher / Android UI rendering at 1080p.
  • Multitasking and access: Multitasking NOT available / Notifications NOT available.
  • Languages and Google Play: All the international Android languajes / Google Play installed.

System

We check the system data and the options it includes as far as root is concerned, we also observe what power on/off system this device allows us. This TV-Box will have updates via OTA to correct possible failures, at least for now.

  • On/Off Controls: Sleep mode / Shutdown settings available.
  • System version and root: Android TV 10 (32 bit) / NO rooted / NO root menu / CPU r2p0 (S905X4) / Model ohm.
  • Support:  OTA support / IMG firmware available.

Network, storage, RAM and ports

The TV-Box A95X F4 has 4GB of RAM and for storage we have 32 GB eMMC that we can expand with a USB memory. It has a USB 3.0 port for connecting external drives (read only) or peripherals and we also have an extra USB 2.0 port. In the network section we find a wireless adapter Wifi ac + Bluetooth 4.2 that as we can see in the tests the results are quite good, the network connector is only Ethernet 10/100, a pity. The internal memory is not the fastest but fortunately does not slow down much.

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  • Storage: Total 8GB  – Free 3.5GB / Expandable with a USB external memory.
  • RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR3.
  • Network: Good speed with internal wifi antennas / Range 40dBm, good. / Bluetooth YES.
  • Read/Write Ports: USB 3.0 OTG / On external USB drives it is only possible to read data.
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC.

Power and performance

On the performance side the A95X F4 features the Amlogic S905X4 Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A55 processors limited to 1.8GHz, on the graphics side it has a mid-range Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. This SoC is an improvement of the previous S905X2 and is very similar to the previous S905X3. As the results show we have a good performance for the hardware set and the performance of this new AMLogic SoC, it is equal to the new Googlecast TV and far exceeds the Xiaomi Mi Box which is already somewhat outdated in comparison.

As for games we can run PUBG in medium/low quality and also cloud gaming services like NVIDIA GForce Now or Google Stadia using the APK to install it. In the emulators section we can get at most run some Wii titles, but we will not have problems with 2D games of classic consoles with emulators like Retroarch or using KODI, the full OS EmuELEC is not compatible yet.

This SoC is manufactured in 12nm, has a fairly low power consumption and the cooling system maintains low temperatures in normal use. The processor manages the speeds correctly so as not to heat up excessively.

  • Thermals: Min. 39ºC / Working 50 ºC / Max. 62ºC / Maintains performance up to 85% / Heat zone on the top / Noise 0db
  • Consumption: Off 0.9W / Min 3W / Working 3.6W / Max. 5.2W

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Video playback test

In the video playback section, the A95X F4 is compatible with most modern video formats such as h.265, VP9 with native resolution support 4K@60fps HDR, although it does support the recent AV1 codec that for now has a testimonial use. It does not have a video quality settings app and no automatic refresh rate change. We have official HDR support is available to get a better image from some streaming services.

It is possible to use players like KODI or PLEX without the slightest problem by installing them directly from the Android TV store. In terms of audio we can play DD 7.1 and DTS up to 5.1 through its HDMI port, 5.1 via SPDIF and stereo via the AV jack.

Video and audio results

FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Frameskip (SW)
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK
h.265 / 4K@24fps / 8bitOK
h.265 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P1 / 4K@24fps / 8bitOK
VP9 P2 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P2 / 8K@60fps / 10bit HDROK
AV1 / 4K@24fps / 10bitOK
Max. Bitrate100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s.
  • The maximum bitrate depends on the port used to connect or the limitations of SAMBA Networks.
  • SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have have some frameskip in very heavy files.
Audio FormatsResult
Dolby5.1 / Plus / True HD = OK | Atmos = Core
DTS5.1 = OK | MA / HR / X = Core
  • 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 or DTS base system / More info

Streaming services

We ran several tests on the streaming services to check how the most popular services work. The A95X F4 presents us with the classic configuration without certificates which limits us in quality on several services. We can use it with many of these services, but in basic quality.

Streaming serviceCalidad / Audio*
YoutubeHD (720p) / Stereo
Google Play MoviesHD (720p) / Stereo
NetflixSD+ (540p) / Stereo / Netflix Guide
HBOHD (720p) / Stereo / HBO Guide
Disney+HD (720p) /Stereo / Disney+ Guide
Amazon Prime VideoSD (480p) / Stereo / Prime Video Guide
Apple TV+No compabile / Apple TV+ Guide
DAZNHD (720p) / Stereo
IPTVFullHD (1080i) / Stereo
  • Multichannel audio only available via HDMI connection in streaming services, via SPDIF stereo only.

CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Opinion

As we have seen the new A95X F4 its main attraction is the Amlogic S905X4 SoC, undoubtedly a chip with good performance that allows us to run any app smoothly. The IR remote control included is very basic and we may have to opt for another control if we want to get more usability.

In terms of connectivity the A95X F4 integrates a fairly efficient Wifi aC adapter, we also have USB 3.0 connectivity, another extra USB 2.0 and unfortunately only Ethernet 10/100. As operating system we have Android 10 but we miss the root permissions to use AFR or other advantages of this type of permissions, sure we will soon have some custom firmware to solve this issue, this will be a very popular box.

A valid hardware to play our content in 4K HDR quality. We can also use other apps such as IPTV players, PLEX or KODI to watch local content. We have the classic limitations of Amlogic SoCs such as the lack of image quality control or automatic refresh rate change.

We can say that the A95X F4 is an acceptable TV-Box for its power and price, if we do not care about paid streaming services and we want more flexibility for little money is possibly one of the best options of the moment.

Score

A95X F4

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6.9

Design

6.0/10

Hardware

8.0/10

Conectivity

7.0/10

Support

6.0/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Cheap
  • Wifi is ok
  • Good number of ports
  • Not very hot

Cons

  • Ethernet 10/100
  • No root, no automatic refresh
  • No android navigation bars

Where to buy

  • A95X F4 is available in Aliexpress or Geekbuying only for $42 (€ with schipping cost included. Copons for Geekbuying, 2/16GB 5AQZA25N, 4/32GB 5AQZ6MCM, 4/64GB 5AQZ2RZD, 4/128GB 5AQYXTCV.

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