Cheaper TV Box Supports 4K (New)

Cheaper TV Box Supports 4K (New)
Cheap TV Box Supports 4K
If you have arrived to this review attracted by the offer of 50 € Beelink GT1 (coupon: GBGT1), I can tell you right now that, yes, you should take it. It is a good idea because its hardware is modern and therefore will be supported for many months, and why the allocation of ports, configuration, build, are decent.

Beelink GT1 is one of the first Android TV box with AMLogic S912, Octa-Core Cortex A53 with theoretical frequency of 2 GHz and graphics Mali-820MP3 combined with 750 MHz. There is talk of this SoC for a year. It was anticipated by certain slide in March 2015, but only recently has reached the large-scale production. Although it is still a product all to know and develop (in good and evil: recently it was discovered the real frequency of the A53 AMLogic core, apparently close to 1.5 GHz Dual Core), is interesting because hardware decoding 4K VP9 up to 60 Hz, 4K 10-bit H.265 up to 60 Hz and 4K H.264 up to 30 Hz.

Beelink did a good job of assembly and component selection. In the final models intended for sale (in contrast to the first sample shipped for reviews), the memories and the chips are covered by a metal heat sink, in turn in contact with a 3 mm thick plate using thermal paste.

GT1 has a Wi-Fi ac Dual Band 2.4 and 5.8 GHz (AW-CM273SM chip) with Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet and a RTL8211F. The antennas are welded, almost of the PIN, in contact with an adhesive plate for amplification of the signal attached to the frame. As mentioned in the video review is a very elegant, integrated solution, but the reception is poor and the box to suffer a lot. Much better to rely on Ethernet 1000 as shown in the table below iperf v2. Just as it is recommended not to rely on the speed of Foresee eMMC 16GB (10 GB free on first start).

The mother is particular card because then signed Beelink not white-label and non-generic. Attention to the IR sensor: does not have a MCU controller evolved so can not power off the box from the remote control.

Once started runs well. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is a first for the box Android as well. There is a launcher for the management with the remote control, the ability to put your favorite apps on the home, and some additional setting for the multimedia part. The Android SDK 6 for S912 are still evolving, but there are options for HDR, for the automatic transmission of the global refresh rate (HDMI Self-adaption), regardless of the app, to increase saturation and contrast (Deep Color Mode ), to change the audio output between SPDIF / PCM / HDMI and manage OTA updates.

The tests were done with GT1_102M0 firmware, the only one available in early September 2016. There have been a couple of blocks of the system in the test days, and they came out two or three bugs to fix in the next release. Nothing urgent: there is no automatic switching between Ethernet and Wi-Fi, there is the HDMI-CEC option and no way to get out of Kodi 16 without closing the app from multi-tasking. Quite tolerable in this price range considering new hardware (S912) and software (MM) proposals.

On Kodi will have roughly the same results in terms of reproduction, but the browsing experience suffers the bugs above (to get out you have to kill it) and you have a set of software and add-on IPTV questionable. It is nice to see so much pre-installed material; someone might like, but it would be better to leave the decision to you. As the reactivity of the system guarantees a good streaming (but again, it's much better to use the Ethernet network), the DRM Google Winedive has remained at Level 3, so it is not suitable for Netflix HD. In addition, the SoC S912 is not -H variant, so it does not have DTS and Dolby licenses for use outside Kodi.

Beelink GT1 has good heat dissipation, and this is an advantage compared to the pits without a brand based on the same hardware. It never goes on throttling (or, at least, not so obvious) and has no performance to decline as the hours passed. a maximum temperature of the core, is reached of 80 ° C in the games; the rest goes from 60 ° C to the hardware video playback at 71 ° C of committed web browsing. The frame also comes to 55 ° C at the bottom, while the upper part is about 48 ° C. Considering the size of the box (96 x 96 x 16 mm), they are acceptable temperatures.

Level of consumption: 3 watts when fully operational on Kodi or Video Player, 4 watts Web, 6 watts in games and benchmarks. Great. The standby behavior is strange: 2.4 watts with connected USB dongle (which 0.x watts) are expected to affect more than expected. There is the opportunity to turn the box from the remote control - and there is even a physical switch, the only way is to detach and attach the 5V 2A power supply - so would have been useful extra attention.


Beelink GT1 is a good Android TV box. Its hardware is modern and will be supported for a long time. The components are acceptable and the yield of Android 6.0 Marshmallow already allows, at the first firmware, the H.265 4K 10-bit playback, HDR and VP9. There are things to be placed on audio level, but it works well when hardware mountains so evolved; usually it takes 6 months to really improve things. Conversely, it is not the box that I recommend if you need a stable wireless network, or if you have to use it away from the router.

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