REVIEW: Beelink GT1-MINI 2, testing the new Amlogic S905X3 SoC

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Beelink GT1-MINI 2 is a new model of Android TV-Box of the Beelink brand of which we present today its analysis or review, a new smart box with which we released the SoC Amlogic S905X3 Quad core a processor that updates its CPU cores with the ARM Cortex-A55 replacing the ARM Cortex-A53 of the S905X3 that mounts the previous Beelink GT1-MINI. 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.

PRODUCT DETAILS

ModelBeelink GT1-MINI 2
Basic SpecsSoC: Amlogic S905X3 Quad Core 4x ARM-A55 @ 1.9GHz (64bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 12nm
System: Android 9 Pie (32bit)
Ram and storage: 2/4GB DDR4 – 16/32/64GB eMMC (4/32GB in review)
Network: Wifi ac Dual Band + Bluetooth 4.2 (AP6255) / Ethernet Gigabit
Ports: HDMI 2.1 4K@75fps / Jack AV / USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset
Extras: Flymouse + microphone remote / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 5V 2A adapter
Materials and measures: Plastic / Frontal Led / 77 x 77 x 17 mm / 125 gr.

Unboxing

The Beelink GT1-MINI 2 comes in a standard cardboard box with a image of the device in the top, inside we found the TV-Box, the Flymouse remote control, HDMI cable 4K@60fps compatible, Manual and a classic DC 5V 2A adapter.

Description

The Beelink GT1-MINI 2 case is made of plastic and has a box design identical to the previous model, compact and discreet. On the sides and in the back area we have all the connectors in a classic configuration. This model includes a c that helps you control easily, if you press the microphone button, Google search is launched with Voice Search with which we can search content on the web and launch them. We can also install Google Assistant from Google Play and launch installed apps like YouTube or Netflix.

In the bottom zone we have the update button in case it is necessary to update the firmware, usually Beelink distribute the updates via OTA. On the motherboard we can see the Wifi aC Dual Band + Bluetooth 4.2 (AP6255) chip and a single internal wifi antenna.

  • Remote Control: Flymouse with microphone / We can choose other alternatives.
  • Alternate control: Maybe we can control remotely using the app Cetusplay.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and Android system

We connect the DC adapter at the Beelink GT1-MINI 2 boots automatically and runs the default launcher based on boxes, we can customize the side areas with the icons of the apps we want. In the installed apps standouts BeeMusic and BeeFiles to manage files, we also have Miracast for screen sharing. The performance of Android 9 is very good at the desktop level or with heavy apps and works stable and without forced app closures.

If we are going to play and make intensive use of this model we recommend buying the variant with 4GB of RAM, if we want to adjust our budget and we are only going to use it as a media player maybe with the 2GB model we have enough.

  • 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 / Have lower and notification bars.
  • 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 Pie (32 bit) / The system IS root by default / NO root menu.
  • Support: Beelink site can give us direct support / Firmware available and OTA / Custom firmware not available yet.

Network, storage, RAM and ports

The Beelink GT1-MINI 2 TV-Box has eMMC memory as internal storage and DDR4 RAM, has a USB 3.0 port and SD card reader. In the network section you have a Wifi aC Dual Band + Bluetooth 4.2 (AP6255) and Ethernet Gigabit port connector. As we can see in the tests the results are positive, we have good Wifi speed and fast internal memory.

  • 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 external wifi antenna / Range 40dBm, 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 / Write20/17 MB/s111/36 MB/s19/19 MB/s

Power and performance

At the power level the Beelink GT1-MINI 2 has with the Amlogic S905X3 Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A55 processors and in the graphic section a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU that is in the mid range. This SoC is manufactured in 12nm, has a fairly controlled power consumption and temperatures are low if we demand performance in powerful games or demanding apps.

  • Consumption: Off 0.6W / Standby 2.3W / Basic use 3W / Maximum 3.9W
  • Thermals: Minimum 38ºC / Maximum 68ºC / 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 Beelink GT1-MINI 2 features the Amlogic S905X3 SoC and a VPU Advanced Video Engine Gen10 compatible with most modern video formats such as h.265 and VP9 with 4K HDR native resolution or even 8K@60fps support, don’t have video quality settings. 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 S905X3 SoC Comparison against all SoCs to see more details about A/V aspects of this SoC.

Video results

FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Frameskip (SW)
h.265 / 4K / 8bitOK
h.265 / 4K / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P1 / 4K / 8bitOK
VP9 P2 / 4K / 10bit HDROK
VP9 P2 / 8K / 10bit HDROK (only in KODI)
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 test results

FormatsDD / DTS 5.1DD+ / DTS MADD True / DTS HRDD Atmos / DTS X
HDMIOK / OKCoreCorePCM / Core*
Optical
  • 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 Beelink GT1-MINI 2 presents the classic configuration without certificates that limits us in quality in several streaming services. For now, this model is only compatible with YouTube FullHD HDR, a format that we have not seen in other TV-Box and Netflix SD+, the other services need some corrections in the firmware, Beelink is working to solve this.

Streaming serviceVideo / AudioResultManual
YoutubeFullHD HDR (720p) / StereoOK
Google Play MoviesHD (720p) / StereoOK
NetflixSD+ (540p) / StereoOK, installing the apkNetflix on Android
HBODon’t workHBO on Android
Amazon Prime VideoDon’t workAmazon Prime video on Android
DAZNDon’t work
IPTVFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK

CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Score

Beelink GT1-MINI 2

0.00
8.1

DESIGN AND CONNECTIVITY

8.5/10

HARDWARE

8.7/10

SYSTEM

7.5/10

SUPPORT

7.5/10

PRICE/QUALITY

8.5/10

Pros

  • Wifi ac and Ethernet Gigabit
  • Compact and nice
  • Powerful
  • Flymouse with mic
  • Good price

Cons

  • Firmware needs some fixes

Opinion

As we can see in this review with the Beelink GT1-MINI 2 we are facing a continuist model with respect to the previous Beelink GT1-MINI model but with an interesting update in its SOC, with the S905X3 that improves its ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores and updates its VPU with the superior engine AVE-10 that supports VP9 video up to 8K. The GPU allows us to play powerful titles like PUBG although if we are going to play we recommend the 4GB model over the 2GB model to have greater performance.

As for WiFi connectivity, the Beelink GT1-MINI 2 has good performance thanks to its Wifi aC Dual Band adapter that reaches a good speed and Ethernet Gigabit port. The included Flymouse remote control with microphone facilitates the use of this model, we also have the option of using Google Assistant to give orders and perform searches. We have also been able to appreciate that you have certain problems with popular streaming services that certainly need some firmware fixes, Beelink is working on it now.

In short, the Beelink GT1-MINI 3 is an interesting TV-Box with a bright future that stands out for presenting a set with good performance and that also includes a Flymouse remote control with microphone. Waiting for certain corrections in its firmware this Box with SoC S905X3 is undoubtedly very interesting.

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may i know wats the best 64 bit android tv box? i saw mostly is 32bit

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