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Unuiga T96 Pro Plus Review: Amlogic S912 Powered Android Mini PC Newest Unuiga T96 Pro Plus Android TV Box 3GB/32GB

Product Introduction

Great Harmony Electronics Industrial launched their latest Unuiga T96 Android TV Box series, based on the Amlogic s915 SoC that come with three types of configurations. The basic one equipped with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM and the Pro, and the Pro Plus version with 3GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB eMMC. Suitable for high level users in need of additional system resources when running Applications and playing games.

The new T96 Pro Plus features a powerful Octa-Core ARM 64-bit Processor running under the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating system. With the new Mali-T820MP3 GPU, the device offers improved 3D graphics acceleration, advanced video engine, HDR Support, capable of playing 4Kx2K in ultra HD quality videos at 30-60 fps.

Additional hardware specifications this high level model has to offer are: 1 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 32GB EMMC internal Flash, x1, Micro SD Card Slot, x2 USB Ports, x1 USB Host, x1 Digital Audio output (SPDIF), 1x AV Port, HDMI 2.0a interface, Bluetooth 4.1 and Dual Band (2.4G/5.8G) 802.11AC/b/g/n WiFi support. For readers interested in buying a sample, The T96 basic edition (2GB/16GB) is currently available in the TinyDeal store link listed below:

Buy It Now – T96 (2GB/16GB)

 

Unuiga T96 Pro Plus (3GB/32GB)

T96 Pro Plus Android Mini PC

Review Content:

  • Product introduction.
  • Video: Quick Hands-On Review
  • Specifications & Features
  • Package
  • Unboxing
  • Package Contents
  • Design and Build Quality
  • Operation
  • System & Software
  • Hardware & Benchmark
  • Kodi Support
  • Web Camera Support
  • Final verdict
  • Pros & Cons

Model Types Configurations: 

  • T96 (2GB RAM /16GB ROM)
  • T96 Pro (3GB RAM /16GB ROM)
  • T96 PRO Plus (3GB RAM / 32GB ROM)

 

T96 PRO Plus Main Highlights:

  • CPU: OCTA-Core 64-bit Amlogic S912 ARM Cortex A53 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Mali T820MP3 750MHz
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
  • Pre-installed Kodi 16.1
  • Micro SD Card slot support up to 64GB
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Language : Multi-Language
Description:                              T96 Pro Plus Specification
Dimension 128 x 128 x 20 mm
CPU Amlogic S912 Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit @ 1.5GHz
GPU Mali-T820MP3 [email protected] MHz
RAM DDR3 3GB
ROM On-board eMMC Flash 32GB
Bluetooth Version 4.1
Expand Memory Micro SD Card ( support 4 – 64 GB)
Ethernet 1000 Mbps LAN
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 ac/b/g/n, 2.4 G/5.8 G
Video/Picture Decoding Amlogic video Engine(AVE) with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders

Supports multiple “secured”video decoding sessions and simultaneous decoding and encoding

Video/Picture Decoding

-VP9 Profile-2 up to [email protected]

-H.265 HEVC [email protected] up to [email protected]

-H.264 AVC [email protected] up to [email protected]

-H.264 MVC up to [email protected]

-MPEG-4 [email protected] up to [email protected](ISO-14496)

-WMV/VC-1 SP/MP/AP up to [email protected]

-AVS-P16(AVS+) /AVS-P2 JiZhun Profile up to [email protected]

-MPEG2 MP/HL up to [email protected]

-MPEG1 MP/HL up to [email protected]

-RealVideo 8/9/10 up to [email protected]

Low latency 1080P H.264 60fps encoder

HDR10 and HLG HDR Video Processing

Supports: *.mkv,*.mpg,*.wmv,*.mpeg,*.dat,*.avi,*.mov,*.iso,*.mp4,*.rm and *.jpg file formats

Video/Picture Encoding:

-Independent JPEG and H.264 encoder with configurable performance/bit-rate

-JPEG image encoding

-H.264 video encoding up to [email protected] with low latency

Audio Format Low power Media-CPU with DSP audio processing

Supports MP3,AAC,WMA,RM,FLAC,Ogg and programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing

Built-in stereo audio DAC

Built-in SPDIF/IEC958 and PCM serial digital audio input/output

Supports concurrent dual audio stereo channel output with combination of analog+PCMo or I2S+PCM

USB2.0 2xUSB: USB Host Port +  USB Device
DC-in 1x DC in Jack
HD 1x HD 2.0a (4Kx2K UHD Output)
AV 1x AV Port
SPDIF 1x Digital Audio output
RJ45 1x RJ45
SD Card Slot 1x Micro SD Card
Adapter 5V / 2A
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Language Multi -language
Miracast/DLNA Support
5°C–35°C,30%–90% Humidity
-20°C–60°C,10%–90% Humidity

 

T96 Package

 

Unboxing All Items

 

T96 Pro Package Contents

  • 1x Power Supply (EU/UK/US)
  • 1x Remote control
  • 1x User Guide
  • 1x T96 PRO Plus
  • 1x HDMI Cable

Design and Build Quality

We’re both good. The unit top surface comes with a Diamond pattern look style and also the case is plastic made that looked solid. At the bottom of the unit you have many vent holes that are used to cool the unit. After playing with the unit for few day’s general impression is that the case doesn’t heat much, which is a good indication that all the extra heat gets out properly and cool the PCB inside. In the perimeter of the case company added a transparent plastic for the LED illumination to be visible when the unit is turned on or off.

 

Operation

The T96 is very easy to operate like most Android TV Boxes out there. Basically, you only have one touch type power button to turn the unit on/off and the other functions can be operated via IR Remote control that is also included in the package.

When you turn the unit on, a Blue color LED Light turns on indicating the unit is operational and turns into Red vise versa when the device is fully shut down. As for USB Hosts, you only have only two which can be limiting for some user, unless an external USB Hub is used. One host is the standard type and the other has OTG function, used for updating the device firmware via a PC.

T96 Pro | Full View

  • T96 PRO Plus | Top View
  • T96 PRO Plus | Turned Off
  • T96 PRO Plus | Turned On
  • T96 PRO+ | Rear View
  • T96 PRO Plus | Front View
  • T96 PRO Plus | Right View
  • T96 PRO Plus | Left View
  • T96 PRO Plus | Buttom View
  • T96 PRO Plus | Partial Front View

 

System & Software

The interface is pretty basic, based on Amlogic’s launcher with a tile style layout which can be rearranged dynamically according to the personal user preferences. Device ROM is Rooted running under Android 6.0.1 OS that is more responsive and accessible with a few cosmetic changes in comparison to previous android 5.0 lollipop OS.

T96 UI / Software

 

Hardware Benchmark

Performance under Android OS was noticeable since the device is powered by a fast Octa-core (8 cores) CPU running in clock frequencies ranging from 100 MHz up-to 1500 MHz (Peak). That said, everything worked smooth and fast. Benchmark score with the T96 were high as expected from an Octa core processor. The 3D Rank score that ranked very high do the powerful Mali-T820MP3 that’s equipped with three shader cores that highly contribute both for in playing games and when playing high-bit-rate video files with Kodi since the video decoding is mainly done trough the GPU unit.

 

T96 AnuTuTu Benchmark Test Results

AIDA64 | Hardware & System Information

Kodi Support

Worked well as Amlogic hardware provides best compatibility with Kodi software. The T96 Box came pre-installed containing Kodi 16.1 with all the popular add-ons for streaming video online. From 3GB of RAM, without loading additional residential apps in the background the user is left with approximately of ~1.8GB of free available memory under Kodi environment.

T96 | Kodi 16.1 – Jarvis

  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Programs
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Videos
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Music
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Hardware information
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Video Add-ons
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Video information
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Summery information
  • T96 Pro Plus | Kodi Storage infromation
  • T96 Pro Plus | Network Information

 

Web Camera Support

The video conferencing feature may be not something many people are using, but for this review I tested the T96 with two types of web cameras to see if they are identified under Android 6.0.1 OS. On both of my tests I used a Logitech Pro 9000 and a Gsou A20 that is a low cost generic brand of camera, sold mainly in China and can be found in various shops in AliExpress platform.

The overall result for both cameras was good and they worked well testing with a few camera applications download from google play store to make sure they are working properly under android operating system, which they did.

 

Testing T96 with Webcams

Final Verdict

After playing with the T96 for a few days I was impressed with the performance of the S912 Hardware. What I was missing was additional two USB Host ports that could be a nicer option if where added, saving the user the extra trouble in connecting the unit with an external USB Hub. If you are looking for a device with great Kodi support and lots of RAM, then the PRO Plus model will be a defiantly a good buy.

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pros

  • 3GB RAM
  • Touch Power button
  • Good Design & Build Quality
  • High Performance Hardware
  • Good compatibility with Kodi

 

Cons

  • No external WiFi Antenna
  • Only two USB Host ports

 

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