H96 mini H6 is the Android 9.0 TV Box of which we present today its analysis or review, a model integrates the Allwinner H6 SoC that offers us interesting specifications of connectivity and video quality. This TV-Box mounts in its box 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 32GB or 128GB of storage and a USB 3.0 connector. Let’s see in our usual review how this device behaves and the potential of its hardware compared to other models in the sector.
H96 mini H6 DETAILS
||H96 mini H6
||SoC: Alwinner H6 Quad Core Cortex A-53 (64bit) / GPU Mali-T720 MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.8GHz / 28nm
System: Android 7.0 (32bit)
Ram and storage: 4 GB DDR4 – 32/64 GB eMMC – (4/32GB in Review)
Network: Wifi ac 2×2 – Bluetooth 4.1 – Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.0a 4K@60fps / Audio Jack / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset
Extras: IR remote control / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 5V 2A adapter
H96 mini H6 Description:
The ANDROID 9.0 TV Box H96 mini H6 is a model with a New design with a Blue square plastic box rather small, in the upper part we have the logo of the device, Both sides are vents for easy CPU cooling.
Materials and measures: Plastic / 100 x 100 x 18 mm / 110 gr.
Package contents: Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A / HDMI cable / IR remote control (2x AAA batteries not included).
Interfaces: HDMI 2.0a 4K@60fps / Audio Jack / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset hole
Remote control: Basic IR control with quick access keys.
Alternative remote control: We can control remotely from our mobile or Android TV-Box using the app Cetusplay or connect a flymouse, mouse or keyboard.
The tv box that supports TF card expansion generally stores 32GB or 64GB. The maximum internal storage of H96 mini H6 is 128GB, so the TF card is cancelled and the tv box runs better. H96 mini H6 tv box on the opposite side 1* USB 3.0 port and 1* USB 2.0 port , hole for reset, Audio jack, 10/100 Ethernet port and HDMI 2.0 compatible video output 4K@60fps HDR . In the lower part we have four rubber feet that raise the TV-Box minimally.
H96 mini h6 ANDROID SYSTEM
Environment and user experience
We connect the H96 mini H6 to the current, it starts automatically with an animation. We arrived at the launcher by default called Alice UX based square and it has three main categories, the first customizable in the bottom bar, the second with the list of apps and the third with the settings and different areas to add apps. On one side we have some quick accesses to the latest apps that we have run. A launcher customized to use with the command without a doubt although it is more of the same. The system has the lower navigation bar and the upper notification area.
In this model the system moves correctly and quickly loads the apps, the Allwinner H6 SoC and the 4GB of RAM fulfill their function, the internal storage is fast enough to make the loading of apps fluid.
Launcher: Basic Launcher / YES we can change launcher / Android UI rendering at 1080p.
Multitasking and access: Multitasking available directly i remote and lowe bar / YES lower access bar and notification area.
Installed apps: Google play, Netflix, several streaming apps, Miracast and YouTube.
Languages: All the international Android classics.
On/Off Controls: The system remains on hold when you press the power off button.
H96 mini h6 System, support and store apps
Regarding the settings the H96 mini H6 It has a single menu of settings that has the classic design of Android. The Google Play store behaves normally and we can find the most common apps. The version of the system and the compilation of the kernel are not the last.
System version: Android 9.0 (64 bit) / Allwinner H6 Quad Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53. 4K@60 FPS, 6K*4K@30FPS
App store: Google Play with all the apps available for the Android system.
H96 mini h6 Storage and RAM Memory
We pass our memory tests and internal storage in the H96 mini H6 using the SD bench app. As we can see in the tests, the internal storage speed is good, which makes the system show fast. We also have as a novelty with a USB 3.0 port that allows us much higher reading speeds than the classic USB 2.0 although the writing does not reach the maximum of this type of ports.
Storage: Total 128GB – Free 120GB. / Is expandable with a USB memory stick
RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR4.
Compatible formats: NTFS compatible / exFAT compatible
H96 mini h6 WIFI and Bluetooth
In Wi-Fi connections, the H96 mini H6 TV-Box has a Wifi ac 2.4/5GHz with internal and Bluetooth 4.0 with which we connect to an ASUS RT-AC1200G+ Router, a mid-range device. We perform tests on the use of streaming using the iPerf measurement tool to see the maximum performance of each network adapter.
Wifi speed results: Correct speed with good stability, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G/AC)
Wifi range: At a distance of 5 meters with a wall we have a signal of 42 dBm, correct values.
Bluetooth: We can connect compatible devices without problems.
Power consumption, temperature and noise
The power consumption of the Android TV H96 MINI H6 using the Alwinner H6 SoC it has the correct results in terms of efficiency. This Allwinner SoC only has a maximum consumption of only 6.5W.
We check the performance of the TV Box in scenarios of maximum sustained performance and in its usual use, we use a stress app for fifteen minutes and thermal camera to detect hot areas. As we have seen the H96 mini H6 has ventilation slots in its perimeter but occasionally suffers from some heat to put it to the maximum, the 28nm are noted although giving normal use this is not appreciable.
Loss of performance: The system maintains a correct performance at 81%, small loss of performance.
Temperature: The upper part heats up a little but does not affect the general use of the TV-Box.
Noise: Fanless system, 0db.
In terms of power H96 mini H6 has very good results and leaves the Allwinner H6 Quad Core with processors ARM Cortex-A53 and GPU Mali-T720 MP2 in a zone of quite good performance. If we compare the results we can see is close to the actual S905X2 Amlogic SoC from the new generation at CPU level but lower in GPU. In general performance it is below that of powerful models like the Rockchip RK3399 that integrates the powerful ARM Cortex-A73 cores, in global terms a correct product by its price.
Games and gamepads
For the gaming aspect the H96 mini H6 have the Allwinner H6 SoC that integrates a Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, this model allows us to correctly move most Android titles without performance problems and good compatibility. The games with a high 3D load also move quite well and this GPU allows us to play them correctly in low or medium settings.
Compatibility: IS possible to play demanding titles such as PUBG with a little frameskip.
Controls: Compatible with Gamepads by cable or bluetooth.
VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST
Video and audio connections
In the multimedia side the H96 mini H6 behaves perfectly using the Allwinner H6 SoC a product that has video output support for HDMI 2.0a that allows maximum resolution up to 4K@60fps, 6K*4K@30FPS with HDR information. We also have AV jack and stereo audio jack.
In this SoC we verify that we have image quality settings with brightness, contrast and saturation, we also have several preconfigured quality and image modes. To modify these settings we must change them in the native player and the effects will be applied to all players either MX Player or KODI.
Automatic refresh rate change: Not available, the settings exist but it does not work. *
Audio passthrough: Available in audio settings. *
Image adjustments: Image quality settings available / RGB mode / HDR <> SDR modes. *
Media sharing: Chromecast NO / Miracast yes / DLNA with BlubblePnP / Airplay yes.
HDMI CEC: NO available in settings.
H96 mini H6 Opinion
After review the H96 mini H6 we can say that we are facing a correct model and the Allwinner H6 SoC brings us interesting improvements in several facets. This TV Box has USB 3.0 connector and interesting video decoding hardware that gives us good image quality using the native player. The system moves correctly thanks to the 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB ROM and the firmware seems worked well thanks to H96 that improves on the basics UI we find in other similar models.
In the H96 MINI H6 we have two antennas for the Wifi ac adapter that despite offering a stable signal, that they do give us a very high peak speed, other hardware components such as the remote control or internal storage remain at a basic level. This model at least has a firmware with navigation bars something that is appreciated for not having compatibility problems, we have not noticed closures of apps or problems in the settings.
We found that these tv boxes will have new appearance every year. If it is not a fever-level user, this H96 mini H6 with Allwinner H6 is worth having.