REVIEW: X96Q TV-Box with the new SoC Allwinner H313 and Android 10


X96Q is a new Android Box that we present today its analysis or review, a device that has the new SoC Allwinner H313, a trimmed version of the previous Allwinner H616, in this SoC only reach 1.34 GHz and HD resolution in the environment of Android apps. This TV-Box has several hardware versions that differ in their internal storage and RAM but all with the Android 10 system, a valid product for FullHD multimedia content in general. Let’s see in our review how this device behaves and how it defends itself against its rivals.
  • X96Q is available on Geekbuying.com ony for $25.99 (23€) for the 2/16 GB version with shipping cost included.

PRODUCT DETAILS

ModelX96Q 2/16 GB
Basic SpecsSoC: Allwinner H313 Quad Core 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.8GHz (64bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 28nm
System: Android 10 (32bit)
Ram, storage and network:
– 1/2 GB RAM DDR3 + 8/16 GB eMMC / Wifi b/g/n – No BT / Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.0 4K@60fps / Jack AV / Jack stereo / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset
Extras: IR remote / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 5V 2A adapter
Materials and measures: Plastic / Frontal LED / 90 x 90 x 18 mm / 180 gr

Unboxing

The small Android TV-Box X96Q comes in a generic cardboard box with a image of the device in the top, inside we found the TV-Box, IR remote, HDMI cable 4K@60fps compatible, Manual and a DC 5V 2A adapter.

Description

On the front of the small X96Q we have a LED that lights up when connected. We have all the connections available on the sides and the rear area, it stands out without a doubt for its small dimensions as we have compared with the control. This box includes a basic IR remote control that allows you to use some functions of the TV-Box directly.

  • Remote Control: Basic IR Remote / NO microphone / We can choose other alternatives.
  • Alternate control: Does not have its own control app / We can try Cetusplay in our smartphone.

On the motherboard we can see the Wifi bgn – No BT (XR819) chip which has an internal wifi antenna. The cooling system is an aluminum plate and silicone rubber attached to the processor, very basic. Inside the audio jack hole we have the update button useful in case we need to update the firmware.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and Android system

We connect the X96Q and it starts automatically, we have a custom launcher based on squares where we can modify only the lower row. This is valid for use with the remote control included, in the upper zone we have a clock and the indication of the network connected. In the installed apps we can highlight AirScreen, Miracast, KD Player (KODI), Netflix and Prime Video. We check that the performance of Android 10 is basic if we demand speed in the load apps, in normal use we can say that it is enough. Unfortunately we have Google Play Android TV version which limits the compatibility of many apps and only annoys us.

  • Launcher: As an alternative we have Pixel launcher to use mouse / Android UI rendering at 720p.
  • Multitasking and access: Multitasking NOT available / NO lower or upper Android bar.
  • Languages and Google Play: All the international Android classics / Google Play for Android TV installed.
  • On/Off Controls: NO configurable in settings.
  • System version and root: Android 10 (32 bit) / NO root by default / NO root menu / Build 20200809 / Model X96Q.
  • Support: X96Q don’t have a site with firmware / NO firmware available / Custom firmware not available yet.

Network, storage, RAM and ports

This new Android TV-Box X96Q has eMMC memory for internal storage and DDR3 RAM, it has two USB 3.0 port and SD card reader. In the network section it has a wireless adapter Wifi b/g/n Dual – No BT (XR819) and Ethernet 10/100 port. As we can see in the tests the results are very poor, the wifi does not reach decent speed figures and the adapter never connects good speed in 5G.

  • Storage: Total 16GB  – Free 9GB / NTFS + exFAT compatible / Expandable with a USB or SD external memory.
  • RAM: Total 2GB – Free 1GB / DDR3.
  • Network: Low speed with one internal wifi antenna / Range 42dBm, low. / Bluetooth NO.
  • 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 / Write21/17 MB/s101/37 MB/s20/19 MB/s

Power and performance

In terms of performance the mini TV-Box X96Q has the SoC Allwinner H313 Quad Core with ARM Cortex-A53 processors at 1.34 GHz and in the graphics section a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU that is in the medium range. This SoC is manufactured in 28 nm, as we have seen the cooling system is basic and the temperatures are high, the processor scales correctly the speeds, it maintains the performance correctly. In general we have enough power for streaming or KODI apps.

  • Thermals: Min. 51ºC / Working 62 ºC / Max.79ºC / Maintains performance up to 87% / Heat zone on the top / Noise 0db
  • Consumption: Off 0.1W / Min 2.3W / Working 3.4W / Max. 3.8W
  • Games and emulators:  NO possible to play titles such as PUBG even with low settings / Emulators up to Wii / NO Vulkan support.
  • Controls: Compatible with Gamepads with cable.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Video playback test

The little X96Q features an Allwinner H313 SoC that on the one hand has the Allwinner Phoenix 3.0 VE Engine that allows us to decode H.265 / VP9 and on the other hand we have the Smartcolor 3.0 DE Engine that is responsible for controlling HDR modes such as HLG and HDR10, although Dolby Vision is missing. It does not have an app for video quality settings, but the image quality is good. 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 Allwinner H6 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)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 / 8bitFrameskip
VP9 P2 / 4K@60fps / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
VP9 P2 / 8K@60fps / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
AV1 / 4K@24fps / 10bitFrameskip (SW)
Max. Bitrate65 Mbps = 8 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 / OKOK / CoreCoreCore*
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 X96Q presents the classic configuration with basic certifications which limits us in quality in several streaming services, in addition to bringing installed Google Play Services from Android TV also limits us to Android TV apps and gives us problems.

Streaming serviceVideo / AudioResultManual
YoutubeFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK, problems with 4K.
Google Play MoviesHD (720p) / StereoOK.
NetflixSD+ (540p) / StereoOK, installing the apk with mouseNetflix on Android
HBONot working.HBO on Android
Amazon Prime VideoSD (480p) / StereoOK.Amazon Prime video on Android
DAZNNot working.
IPTVFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK

CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Score

X96Q

0.00
5.8

DESIGN

6.5/10

HARDWARE

5.0/10

SYSTEM

4.5/10

SUPPORT

6.5/10

PRICE

6.5/10

Pros

  • Small
  • Cheap
  • Some DRM

Cons

  • No android navigation bars
  • Google Play from Android TV
  • Wifi only 2.4 GHz
  • Hot with demanding apps
  • Youtube only up to 1080p

Opinion

After testing the mini TV-Box X96Q with the new SoC Allwinner H313 we can say that it mounts enough hardware for multimedia use up to 1080p, using players like KODI or for IPTV streaming. The installed Android 10 system behaves normally even if it does not stand out for its speed, we do not have forced shutdowns although the environment is rendered only at 720p. The system comes with Google Play in its version of Android TV which imposes a limits the application compatibility.

As for hardware we have a basic bgn Wifi adapter without Bluetooth, in terms of power we can run the classic Android apps or games without performance problems, heavy games like PUBG better avoid them. The remote control included is also very simple and only works for basic apps. This is a hot TV-Box if we demand a lot of performance but in normal use we have no problems in this regard.

In short, the X96Q is a TV-Box for basic use up to 1080p and does not stand out in any special way. The only notable surprise is that we have received several OTA updates, although we have not noticed any improvements over the original firmware. You can consult other options with more interesting hardware.

Where to buy

  • X96Q is available on Geekbuying.com ony for $25.99 (23€) for the 2/16 GB version with shipping cost included.

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Francois Brink

Waist of money no apps are working