Beelink GT-King is the latest Android TV-Box model that we want to introduce Presently in our review, in this product we discover the new Amlogic S922X Hexa core SoC that we have seen in detail in our recent comparison, a model that replaces the previous one Amlogic S912 Octa core. This TV-Box integrates a total of 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of inner storage, has a WiFi ac MiMo adapter, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet and running system operating Android 9 Pie in its classic variant. Let’s view in our review how this product behaves and the power of its hardware compared to its competition.
SoC: Amlogic S922X / 4x Cortex A-73 + 2x A53 @ 1.8GHz (64bit) / GPU Mali-G52 MP6
System: Android 9 Pie (32bit)
RAM and Memory: 4 GB DDR4 – 64 GB eMMC
Network: WiFi ac MiMo + Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6356S) – Ethernet Gigabit
Ports: HDMI 2.1 / SPDIF / USB 2.0 / 2x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset / Jack AV / Ethernet Gigabit
Extras: Control Flymouse + Microphone / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 12V 1.5A adapter
The TV-Box Beelink GT-King has a classic design in overall lines with a closed black box, highlights for its skull on the top with eyes that light up in green (not Really bright). In the front we have an IR receiver that is not visible (and don’t work with this remote), at the connector level we find two USB 3.0 ports, we moreover have HDMI 2.1 to 4K@75fps connector, other USB 2.0 rear, microSD reader, SPDIF, power connector, AV jack and a hole with the reset that we could press to enter flash mode.
Materials and measures: Plastic / 108 x 108 x 16 mm / 190 gr
Leds and screen: Green/Red LED in the eyes of skull top / Can be chosen soon what color do you like.
Remote Control: Flymouse control with integrated microphone, basic however functional. We can pick another alternatives.
Voice control: Like a series we have Google Search but it is probable to install Google Assistant to improve the achievements.
Alternate control: We can control remotely using the app Cetusplay / Don’t have its own remote control app.
We attach the Beelink GT-King to the existing and start automatically, the logo of the brand shows and the upper eyes light up in green. We arrived at the launcher by default based on square, it has two customizable side sheets and an icon + wherever we can add our shortcuts on the main screen. A fairly basic launcher designed to be used with the bundled remote control, this launcher will be updated soon with a fresh Beelink design. We can use the microphone of the Flymouse control to execute searches with Google Search but it is probable to install Google Assistant to update the achievements.
Launcher: Basic Launcher / YES we can replace launcher but only Pixel launcher performs 100% / Android UI rendering at Full-HD.
Multitasking and access: WITH on-screen open bars / Multitasking available directly in 2x Home control.
Installed apps: Google play, Netflix, Update, AppInstaller, AppMarket; Bee Files, Bee Music, Galery, DLNA and Options.
Languages: All the international Android classics.
On/Off Controls: If we keep press the power button we have reset and power off setup / Configurable in settings.
We check the system data within the Android options and through analysis software, we can view the details of the system installed by default, in this case in Android 9 Pie in its classic variant.
System variant: Android 9 Pie (32 bit) / Kernel 4.9.113 / Build 2019-05-08 / Referencia G21B.
App store: Google Play with all the apps available for the Android system.
Options and root: Android + Droid Settings / The system IS root by default / With no menu to deactivate it in settings.
Support: Beelink has a web to contact / Firmware not still / Custom firmware with no still / Full SDK out there for devs (68GB)
At power level the Beelink GT-King because of to the installed hardware moves the system Really simply, it is possible to run all Android applications with no loss of functionality or slowness. At the power level, it has superior results thanks to the new Amlogic S922X Hexa Core SoC with 4x ARM Cortex-A73 + 2x A-53 processors and Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. This fresh SoC is produced in 12nm maintains a small power consumption and temperatures at a good-looking level thanks to its efficiency.
Consumption: Off 0.8W / Standby 3W / Basic use 5W / Maximum 7.7W
Thermals: Minimum 52degree C / Maximum 71degree C / Maintains performance up to 92% / Little heat zone on the top / Noise 0db
You can read our Comparison article for Amlogic S922X SoC with all its technical details
As we can see the result is twice better than Amlogic S912!
And the manufacturer promise to increase power with 10-30%!
Looking at the benchmarks we could view how the Amlogic S922X SoC outperforms models this kind of as the powerful RK3399, in the over-all segment is below the strong Nvidia SoC that remains unbeatable when so numerous years. A valid processor to run games and emulators at high level with no numerous problems.
In the Beelink GT-King model we have integrated eMMC storage like internal memory, USB 3.0 ports and SD card reader. In the network section we have a Wifi ac MiMO 2.4/5GHz and Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6356S) and Ethernet Gigabit port. The overall performance of the Wifi chip is decent and we arrive at correct figures for this type of adapter.
Storage: Total 32GB – Free 23GB expandable with a USB memory stick / NTFS + exFAT compatible.
RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR4.
Network: Decent speed in 5G with 2 wifi antennas / Range 28 dBm, accurate. / Bluetooth performs OK.
Regarding the video playback section, the Beelink GT-King has the S922X SoC and an Advanced Video Engine Gen10 VPU compatible with most modern video formats this kind of like h.265 and VP9. In this TV-Box we could use players as MXPlayer or install KODI from Google Play with no the slightest problem. We have been surprised by the HDMI-CEC function that behaves normally, while we already know that it is a system that depends on our peripherals.
Settings and HDMI-CEC: NO picture quality options / RGB and SDR modes available / HDMI-CEC working
Automatic refresh rate difference: Not available, the options exist however it does not work.
Media sharing: Chromecast NO / Miracast With no / DLNA with BlubblePnP / Airplay With no.
LibreELEC: This model is NOT compatible with LibreELEC.
We operate couple of multimedia playback tests with the Beelink GT-King and check that it works perfectly using the fresh Amlogic S922X SoC, what has video output support for HDMI 2.1 that theoretically enables maximum resolution up to 4K@75fps with HDR reports with support for Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, PRIME HDR and profiles REC709/BT2020.
Performance: HEVC with respectable experience at 10 bit color or HDR / VP9 correct with P2, not compatible with 8K
We pass the classic tests on streaming services to see how the most popular services work. In this model does not have certificates for individuals services. The Beelink GT-King model presents the classic configuration without certifications that limits us in quality in couple of streaming services, all the compatible services operates without problems.
DRM: Google Widevine L1 / HDCP 2.2.
Certification: With no
Whenever analyzing the TV-Box Beelink GT-King we can say that this is a very interesting first model with the new and strong Amlogic S922X Hexa Core SoC. A cpu that presently marks as a novelty USB 3.0 connectors, a series of visual improvements in video playback and a Really controlled utilization for the power that could be deployed. At the network level, the Wifi MiMo adapter with 2 inner antennas provides us good figures and the Gigabit Ethernet port speed makes it possible for us to use network files with no any bandwidth problems.
In the Beelink GT-King model we have moreover integrated 4GB DDR4 RAM board, a point that will allow us to load couple of applications from the internal storage, now from the remote we can open this option with a double click on the Home button. This TV-Box with Android 9 Pie behaves effectively as a video player, for example with KODI or for strong games this sort of as PUBG and all kinds of Android applications. The firmware to be a first version is stable and fairly complete although of course it has several facets that need improvement, Certain Beelink will accurate this like usual.
This TV-Box is stable and powerful, a perfectly valid model for users seeking power and the perfect value, the inclusion of a flymouse control with microphone by default is everything that is appreciated.
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