Ugoos AM6 Android TV Box Review – Now Starting from $119
Ugoos AM6 Android TV Box Review
The AM6 Android TV box is a compact and portable unit which can be positioned next to your TV set. It includes a power adapter, an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and a USB adapter. It functions as a service for your internet and television needs, allowing you to enjoy online activities and TV-viewing by means of a single gadget.
There’s a lot of choices when it comes to Android TV boxes, Ugoos Industrial Co., Ltd. specializes in designing, R&D, manufacturing, and marketing of Android HD Media Players with a self-owned factory located in Shenzhen China. The company is mainly focused on RockChip and Amlogic SoC solutions and were the first company on the market created a Dual-core and Quad-core TV dongles.
Jumping to their newest AM6 model, based on Amlogic S922X you will find major hardware improvements such a powerful Hexa Core (6) CPU along with a six cores Mali G52 GPU you will significantly boost your streaming and gaming experience.
Few other new hardware enhancements worth mentioning, are fast the Gigabit Ethernet Port, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity support and the dual WiFi connectivity that comes with a pair of external antennas, with them you can theoretically reach to transfer speeds up to 867Mbps. Having said that, you are welcome to check more info, including the price in the links posted below.
Ugoos AM6 Android TV Box
Ugoos AM6 Android TV Box | Case Colors
Ugoos AM6 Android TV Box | Full view
The review will be focusing on the followings:
- Products Introduction.
- Package Contents
- Design and Workmanship
- First-time Operation
- Connection options
- Video playback and streaming
- Ugoos AM6 vs. Xiaomi Mi Box S
- Android 9.0 operation system
- Color: Black, Blue (Other colors are optional).
- CPU – Amlogic S922X, Quad core, ARM Cortex-A73, 1.8GHz + Dual-core ARM Cortex A53 1.7GHz.
- GPU – ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ( 6ppc )
- RAM – 2GB LPDDR4 RAM (4Gb optional for OEM orders)
- 16GB EMMC ROM (8GB/32Gb/64Gb optional for OEM orders)
- Support H.265 decoding
- Support 4K ultra-high definition
- Power Supply – 12V/2A via DC power barrel jack
- External storage – 1x USB 3.0 OTG/Host port, 3x USB 2.0 ports , TF Card x1
- Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC (8GB/32Gb/64Gb optional for OEM orders).
- HDMI – HDMI 2.1 Type-A [email protected] max resolution
- Video Output: Built-in HDMI 2.1 transmitter including both controller and PHY with CEC, Dynamic HDR and HDCP 2.2, [email protected] max resolution.
- AV output – AUX+CVBS 480i/576i
- IR receiver Included – Yes
- SPDIF Support – Yes
- Support Bluetooth 5.0
- 2.4GHz + 5GHz dual-band WiFi, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and 2×2 MIMO
- 1000M Ethernet Integrated IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with
- Dual-band WiFi: 2.4G+5G the wireless module complies with IEEE 802.11, can achieve up to a speed of 867Mbps.
- External Antennas – x2 WiFi Antennas
Items inside the package
- 1x Ugoos AM6 Box
- 2x External Wifi Antennas
- 1x HDMI Cable
- 1x IR Remote Control
- 1x DC 12V/2A Power Adapter
- 1x User Guide
Design and Workmanship
With a size of just of (L x W x H): 11.5 x 11.5 x 2.3 cm with an aluminum material made case and a weight of ~298gr the Ugoos AM6 case delivers top-notch build quality. On the upper cover of the case, you can find the Ugoos brand name print. With the LED operation indicator light located inside one of the brand “O” letters that give it a nice design touch and change colors according to different operating modes. For example, the blue color switches on sleep power-saving mode, the rose/pink for normal operation mode and purple color indicates the device is under a booting process.
As for cooling. The case shell, excluding the on/off button that is made from plastic, is all completely made from aluminum alloy material, most likely manufactured in the CNC machining process. Venting/cooling slots were also added at the bottom and the left side of the case. Overall, my personal impression of building quality was great.
Ugoos AM6 Weighting (Excluding External Antennas)
Ugoos AM6 TV Box | Full view
The operation of the Ugoos AM6 was easy and straightforward. To turn the unit on you will need to use the simple IR Remote control provided with the package or use the power button located next to the external WiFi antennas. The remote control design was good and very young in terms of color usage and button layout design.
As with most TV boxes, the default provided remote is very basic and offers very limited functionality, especially limited in cursor navigation mode where its very slow and not very responsive. To use and operate this product effectively, you will need to buy a wireless keyboard, preferably with a Touchpad. You can check the excellent Rii i4 mini wireless keyboard that features a good responsive small size Touchpad that will not burn a hole in your pocket.
The Ugoos AM6 comes in two main variations (editions). The basic standard edition, equipped with 2GB RAM that is mostly designed for the end-user consumer, and a more high-level model with 4GB RAM (64-bit) for special OEM orders. Both editions are powered with the same snappy Amlogic S922X processor with a total of 6 cores (Hexa). The processor incorporates two CPU clusters.
The first cluster the incorporates a quad-core (4) ARM Cortex-A73 cores, capable of reaching frequencies up to 1.7 GHz operating along with a secondary dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 cluster that can operate at clock speeds up to 1.8GHz. According to ADIA64 Hardware information, the quad-core cluster is overlooked to a higher frequency (2.2GHz) and the secondary to 1.8GHz. Those settings were probably adjusted to “squeeze” some extra performance.
AIDA64 Hardware Information
Ugoos AM6 PCB
Running under the latest Android 9.0 Operating system, the Ugoos AM6 comes with a clean app free ROM with the default Android UI, except a few standard pre-installed apps including google play store service.
If you are a type of user that seeking a more attractive interface with better user experience, you can try an unofficial customized ROM based on Android 9.0 OS, developed by a software guy aka nickname sasvlad which offers Android TV interface that can be downloaded trough on freaktab.com forum branch Here.
According to Ugoos, there is also a team of independent software developers currently working on making new OS images for Armbain, LibreElec, CoreElec, and perhaps more.
Unique Features List:
Additional unique features integrated inside the Ugoos AM6 firmware that can be found under ‘Ugoos settings’ option:
- ROOT – One-Click Installation for gaining instant root access.
- Automatic/manual frame rate adjustment.
- Device keys Remapping – Lets you map and set up keys functionality for different controls (vendors / manufactures).
- File Server/client functionality.
As mentioned previously, the Ugoos M6 comes with a pretty generic remote control unit that is suitable for basic operations such as navigating and powering or turning off the unit.
Ugoos AM6 IR Remote Control
AM6 Box + Remote Control:
In the video streaming arena, you are pretty much covered. The Ugoos AM6 package includes a pair of external WiFi antennas. Capable of connecting to dual-band broadband routers that support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels. In my test, placing my Huawei P20 handset close to the box and testing connection speed I received very similar transfer speeds of ~70 Mbps, indicating everything is working properly.
Ethernet (LAN) connectivity was also performed with zero problems. With a standard 200Mbps connection I was able to reach up to speeds of 130-150Mbps.
Huawei P20 Next to The Ugoos AM6
- SSD: OpwnWrt
- Encryption: WPA/WPA2
- Frequncy: 5180 (5210) MHz
- WiFi strength: -59 dBm
- Distance: ~5 meter
- WiFi Speed: 292 Mbps
- Channel 36 (42)
Ugoos AM6 + WiFi Antennas
Based on the AnTuTu Benchmark test result, the Ugoos AM6 hardware performance compared to Xiaomi’s Mi S Box is approximately %25 faster with an AnTuTu score of 130236 compared to Xiaomi Mi Box that rank 31669.
AnTuTu Benchmark 7.3.1 Results
CPDT Benchmark Testing
Tested Storage Media:
- Kingsoft DT50 32GB.
- 16GB eMMC (Internal Storage).
- SanDisk Ultra 16GB (Class 10).
- Test Software: CPDT (Cross Platform Disk Test).
- Tested File Size: 1GB.
|Interface Name||Interface||Storage Media||Sequential Read (MB/s)||Random write (Kb/s)||Random Read (MB/s)|
|USB.2||#4||Kingsoft DT50 32GB||19.08||19.08||2.76|
|TF Card Slot||#3||SanDisk Ultra 16GB||19.38||750.58||5.06|
|Internal Storage||#2||16GB eMMC||114.62||2.89||14.72|
|USB.3||#1||Kingsoft DT50 32GB||48.72||4.24||2.88|
Video playback and streaming
General experience playing UHD videos with Kodi “Leia” 18.3 (32-bit) was excellent. Kodi utilized about 50-52% of a total 2GB of RAM.
Kodi “Leia” 18.3
Video Playback Performance Testing (Kodi)
|No'||Sample Name||Video Codec||Audio||Container||FPS||Resolution||Size||Result|
|1||Hometown||HEVC||128 kbps, 48kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||25.00||1920x1080||458 MB||passed|
|2||AT007 ULTRA HD 4K - UHD AUSTRIA TRAVEL GUIDE GRAZ||AVC||126 kbps, 44.1kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||24.00||3840x2160||533 MB||passed|
|3||BIRDS OF PREY 4K||AVC||126 kbps, 44.1kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||29.97||3840x2160||197MiB||passed|
|4||The Curvature, Earth from Space in 4k||AVC||192 kbps, 44.1kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||29.97||3840x2160||568 MB||passed|
|5||LaLaLand_cafe||AVC||3 399 kb/s, 48kHz, 8 Channels (Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos)||MKV||23.97||3840x2160||425 MB||passed|
|6||COSTA RICA IN 4K||AVC||125 kbps, 44.1kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||29.97||3840x2160||578 MB||passed|
|7||bbb_sunflower||AVC||126 kbps, 48kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||30.00||3840x4320||785 MB||passed|
|8||Panasonic LUMIX GH4 'Light of the Yucatan' in 4K by Bryan Harvey||AVC||125 kbps, 44kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||29.97||3840x2160||417 MB||passed|
|9||Honey Bees||AVC||191 kbps, 44.1kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||24.00||4096x2304||604 MB||passed|
|10||Sony_4K_HDR_Camp||AVC||192 kbps, 48kHz, 2 Channels, AAC LC||MP4||59.94||3840x2160||1.12GB||passed|
- Storage: Kingston 32GB DT50 (System: NTFS)
- Interface: SATA 3.0
- Software: Kodi “Leia” 18.3
Netflix compatibility is a subject rarely discussed in tv box reviews. You will be able to install and use Netflix without issues. Because this product is not officially listed as a certified Netflix device, it will most likely not play in UHD resolution if you are a Netflix premium plan subscriber. Having said that, most of the content on Netflix platform is not UHD, therefore it’s not a big issue but still important mentioning.
Netflix running on the Ugoos AM6
Ugoos AM6 vs. Xiaomi Mi Box S | Comparison
|Xiaomi Mi Box S|
|OS||Android 9.0||Android 8.1|
|CPU||Amlogic S922X||Amlogic S905X|
|GPU||ARM MaliTM-G52 MP6||Mali-450|
|Memory||2GB DDR4||2GB DDR3|
|Case Material||All Metal||Plastic|
|Storage:||16GB eMMC||8GB eMMC|
|HDMI||HDMI 2.1||HDMI 2.0A|
|video resolution||maximum 4K with 60 FPS||maximum 4K with 60 FPS|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 4.2|
|External USB Storage||x1 USB HOST 3.0|
x3 USB HOST 2.0
|x1 USB HOST 2.0|
Ugoos AM6 is a great Set-Top Box with excellent design and above-average software support. The small important features, such as the one-click root function and Linux images distinguish it from other tv box brands. Bottom line, its a definitely worth buying product for home media entertainment applications.