Again we find in Chinese stores a new box of economic range equipped with the recent RK3318 SoC that is entering with force. The newcomer is called X99 Play and it does not differ much from the other multimedia boxes that we have seen assembling the new SoC from Rockchip in recent weeks. We see only differences in the box with the logo of the name at the top face that lights up when connected and the presence of a SPDIF jack 3.5mm connector.
The overall performance of the X99 Play smart box can be seen in the review of a similar TV-Box that we have already analyzed, we do not believe that it has many differences in this regard. This Android TV-Box can work as a basic media player with KODI or IPTV and we can also run simple games without too much demand of resources considering their hardware. We must remember that these cheap Boxes do not have secured support and do not have DRM certificates with which we can only see Netflix as a basic image. If you are interested to watch Streaming of payment in HD quality and 4K you can see our list of TV-Box with DRM certificates compatible with these streaming services.
SoC, RAM and storage
The Box X99 Play have the new Rockchip RK3318 SoC with four processors ARM Cortex-A53 able to reach the maximum speed of 1.5GHz and a GPU Mali-450mp5 including native and H.265 video decoding to VP9 in resolutions 4K @ 60fps HDR. It has several versions with 2/4 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB DDR3 memory storage that can extend adding a memory card in microSD card reader having at one side of the box.
At the level of wireless connections this samrt TV-Box includes Dual Band WiFi but lacks Bluetooth. On the perimeter of the box we have a USB 3.0 port other USB 2.0, 10/100 connector, analog AV jack, SPDIF output jack and HDMI 2.0a port that lets you take video resolutions up to 4K @ 60fps. It includes, among other accessories, an IR remote control and an HDMI cable as usual.
Price and availability in stores
- The TV-Box X99 Play can be purchased at Gearbest.com from $ 29.99 free shipping in its version with 2 / 16GB.