HIMEDIA H8 TV Box Review
HIMEDIA Brand is a well known in the segment of Android Box HD player market producing set-top boxes for the domestic market with their HIMEDIA Q1 IV, IV Q3, Q5, and Q10 IV-IV, Q8, H8 (Allwinner A31S) and recently the new HiMedia H8 model based on latest Rockchip solution.
The H8 HIMEDIA Android TV Box casing is made from aluminum. Its equipped eight-core processor, with today’s most powerful Cortex A53 Octa-core RK3688 SoC. It comes with 64-Bit Core PowerVR SGX6110 GPU chip, Supporting clock speeds up to 600Mhz along with 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash memory running the latest Android 5.1.1 lollipop operating system.
Additional features include x2 USB host ports, HDMI 2.0 Interface capable of outputting video signal at 60 fps. In addition, the H8 comes pre-installed with Kodi 15.2 supporting playback of Blue-ray ISO files as well as Blu-ray Rip movies with embedded subtitles.
Table of Content:
- Product introduction.
- Company Introduction.
- Specs & Product Information.
- Product unboxing Video.
- Build Quality.
- Build Design.
- Appearance & Design.
- Kodi/XBMC Testing.
- Final Words.
Established in 2005, HiMedia is a high-tech engineering company specialized in designing and manufacturing HD media players, Android TV boxes, smart TV boxes, Android-based set-top boxes, IPTV boxes, and OTT boxes. These products are compliant with CE, FCC, RoHS standards, Dolby and DTS with HDMI certificates. The Company has a long history of successfully providing OEM and ODM services to many premium brand customers abroad and has strategic partners from Realtek, Hisilicon, and Allwinner.
Company Team Photo ( Courtesy of HiMedia )
HiMedia H8 TV Box Main Specifications:
- CPU: RK3368 Octa-core Cortex-A53 Processor.
- OS: Android 5.1.
- Casing Material: Metal.
- Blu-ray 3D: Support.
- Card Extended: Yes, Support SD card
- File system: FAT32/NTFS/EXT3
- Power Output: DC/5V 2A
- RAM: 2GB DDR3 + ROM: 16GB Flash.
Special Media Player Functions:
- Pre-installed Kodi/XBMC.
- Supported in Kodi & Himedia Media Center App: 3D BD-ISO, BD-ISO, MVC Blu-Ray.
Ports & Interfaces:
- 1 x HDMI Port
- 1 x DC 5V Charging port
- 1 x Optical Port
- 1 x AV
- 1 x LAN
- 1 x MMC/SD Card Slot
- 3 x USB Host
HiMedia H8 Android TV Box Package Contains:
- 1 x HiMedia H8 Quad Core Android TV Box.
- 1 x User Guide.
- 1 x Remote Controller.
- 1 x HDMI Cable.
- 1 x Charger.
Himedia H8 Package
H8 TV Box | Unboxing Video
Item in package:
- 1x User Guide
- 1x RF Remote
- 1x HDMI Cable
- 1x H8 TV Box
- 1x 5V-2A Power Adapter.
The H8 envelope (case) is all made from metal materials and general build quality looks and feels superb. At the bottom of the unit, the company added a series of vent holes, which helps to get the extra heat out, keeping the unit cool.
From the first impression holding the unit, It looks solid and well build without any quality problems. Again, no complaints on design or quality.
Similar to other devices, The H8 is powered with a high-performance Rockchip RK33668 Cortex A53 Processor, operating at frequencies between 312-1.2GHz. As for the graphical Unit is equipped with PowerVR Rouge G6110 GPU, which operates at a clock speed up to 600Mhz.
The H8 comes with a well designed Remote that is very easy to operate. The company added few smart features within their remote unit that you normally don’t find in other TV Box Brands.
- Audio: Display Audio track information.
- Subtitle: Switching subtitles on/off.
- 3D: Switching into 3D View mode (Suitable for movies in 3D format).
- TV Mode: Switching between HDMI video resolutions & refresh rates:
- 720P 50 / 60 MHz
- 1080P 50 / 60 MHz
- 576 50 MHz
- 480 MHz
Universal Remote Function – I didn’t find any proper instruction in the user guide explaining how to set up the remote to operate with my TV.
Himedia didn’t use the default launcher by Rockchip, but instead installed a customized UI that looks clean and user-friendly, very easy to navigate with and switch between various features and different screens.
The H8 currently runs Android 5.1.1 Operating system and came pre-installed with just a few apps, such as Facebook, Netflix, Skype. The general feeling is that the system is stable and all work well. In addition, worth mentioning that HiMedia company added a nice NFS sharing option that lets you share folders/files across a LAN, what makes it very easy to share multimedia content and connect with mobile devices, Intel Powered Mini PC, P.C, etc..
HiMedia H8 TV Box | UI ( User Interface )
AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0 Results:
- Score: 37620
- 3D – 6216
- UX – 13739
- CPU – 12931
The H8 came pre-installed with Kodi/XBMC 15.2-RC1 that I used for my tests. In the following tests, I checked playback performance using my 60GB video samples collection. Results were great. Most of my files played well and smooth. None of the samples tested showed any frame dropping, what normally happens when the GPU sometimes fails to handle the decoding do to low clock speed or acceleration support under Kodi, especially when playing high-resolution files in 2Kx4K.
Himedia defiantly invested some software R&D work in improving video decoding performance under the RK33668 Soc which is an excellent step, making the device compatible as possible with Kodi/XBMC Software and it really shows.
Himedia H8 Quick Review
The H8 performed better from previous Android set-top boxes I tested. The company invested in design and software making this device compatibility with KODI/XBMC Software. The streaming performance was also good thanks to the external Wi-Fi Antenna. Overall, the product is excellent on all levels and its defiantly a good buy and highly recommended. If you’re interested in buying it can find the item sold in AliExpress for about ~100 USD (retail price) including shipping via regular airmail postage.
- External WiFi Antenna.
- Aluminum made case.
- Good Kodi/XBMC Performance.
- No built-in power Button ( Operated via Remote Control Unit).