Newly arrived smart android tv box H96 Max plus test

Newly arrived smart android tv box H96 Max plus test

H96 Max Plus is the Android TV-Box of which we present today its analysis or review, thanks to the collaboration of the androidpctv. A new model that has the well-known RK3328 Quad Core SoC, which integrates enough hardware to use it as a media player in a fluid way. This model is advertised as compatible with Netflix HD but in our tests we will see if this is true or not (Updated: H96tvbox has already removed the advertising with reference to Netflix HD). Inside the TV-Box we have 4GB of RAM memory and it has versions with 32 or 64GB of eMCC storage. Let’s see in our analysis how this hardware behaves and how it is related to the competition.
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PRODUCT DETAILS

Model H96 Max Plus 
Basic Specs SoC: RK3328 Quad Core Cortex A-53 / GPU Mali-450MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.3GHz
System: Android 8.1 (64bit)
RAM and storage: 4 GB DDR3 – 32/64 GB eMMC
Network: Wifi b/g/n 2.4/5GHz – Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.0a 4K @ 60fps / AV Jack 3.5mm / 2x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / microSD
Extras: Remote Control RF / Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A / Manual English

Description

The TV-Box H96 Max Plus is made of plastic and has a box that we have seen in other products of the same brand, a box that does not have many ventilation slots and is not surprising in any way.

  • Materials and measures: Plastic / 3.8 x 3.8 x 1.2 inches (98 x 98 x 26 mm / 0.3 lb (120 gr)
  • Interfaces: HDMI 2.0a 4K @ 60fps / AV Jack 3.5mm / 2x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / microSD / Reset in audio jack
  • Leds and panel: Frontal led status / No panel
  • Package content: IR remote control with light / Manual / DC adapter 12V 3A Europlug / Manual in English.
  • Remote control: The RF remote control with USB adapter is very simple and has a button to use the microphone with Google Assistant, we can only use it with this app and it does not work in other apps with search option like Youtube. We can control remotely from our mobile or Android TV-Box the system using the Cetusplay app or connect a flymouse, mouse or keyboard.
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    In the back we have the bulk of the audio and video connections. On the sides we have the data connectors, on the one hand we have two connectors 2x USB 3.0, SATA and on the other side 2x USB 2.0, SATA and reset.

    ANDROID SYSTEM

    Environment and user experience

    We connect the H96 Max Plus and it starts up automatically, installed by default we have a simple launcher based on the classic boxes that we can easily handle with the remote control. We can load any app without problems thanks to the Quad Core RK3328 SoC and the 2GB of RAM, we must bear in mind that some leading games like PUBG are not available for this SoC. With the remote control we can use in the app Google Assistant, but we can not use the command to enter words in the search boxes, a very uncomfortable problem to perform searches.

    • Launcher: Launcher based on squares, customizable lower row / We can change the launcher.
    • Multitasking and access: There is no direct access to the task change / We do not have bar access or Android notifications.
    • Installed apps: Streaming apps, highlight Google play, Netflix, AirPin, DLNA, Cleaner, RKMC, Prime video and YouTube.
    • Languages: All the international Android classics.
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System, support and store apps

In the section of settings of the H96 Max Plus we have the classic side menu with all the usuall settings, we also have a special section called Advance Settings with specific settings for the TV-Box. The system is Android 8.1 Oreo (64bit) with kernel 4.4.12 that seems quite stable in our tests.

  • System version: Android 8.1 (64 bit) with Kernel 4.4.12 (04-04-2018).
  • Apps store: Google Play working with all the apps available for the Android system.
  • Brand support: There is no responsible brand for this TV-Box, on our website we publish the firmware we found.
  • Root and scene: The SI system is root. / There are no custom firmwares for this TV-Box.
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HARDWARE TESTS

Storage and RAM Memory

We perform our usual memory tests and internal storage in the H96 Max Plus using the SD bench app. The results are correct although of course quite basic since we are testing a low-cost product. Storage can not be expanded using the microSD card reader, there is no option in the system.

  • Storage: Total 64GB – Free 53GB. / No option to expand
  • RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR3L.
  • Compatible formats: NTFS compatible / exFAT no compatible

WIFI and Bluetooth

In Wi-Fi connections, the H96 Max Plus TV-Box has a Wifi b/g/n 2.4/5GHz without Bluetooth 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 for this wifi adapter, quite stable.
  • Wifi range: At a distance of 5 meters with a wall we have a signal of 52 dBm, correct but not excellent.
  • Bluetooth: No.
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC

Power consumption, temperature and noise

The H96 Max Plus TV-box using the SoC Rockhip RK3328 has correct results in terms of consumption. We are in front of a SoC of low consumption and these do not shoot much when using it with classic apps like Youtube or browsers.

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 TV-Box does not have many ventilation slots but it seems to hold up well in the performance tests.

  • Loss of performance: the system maintains a maximum performance of 94%, there is a slight non-critical loss of performance.
  • Temperature: The upper part heats up although it does not affect the general use of the TV-Box.
  • Noise: Fanless system, 0db.

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PERFORMANCE TEST

SOC

At performance level the H96 Max Plus has correct results in the line of the Rockchip RK3328 Quad Core SoC with Cortex-A53, in the graphic section the power of the Mali-450MP5 GPU is enough to move most games or Android apps, where it suffers is running the high load 3D titles. If we compare the results we can see how it falls below the powerful Amlogic S912 and Rockchip RK3399 SoC’s, in general, correct results for this type of SoC.

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Games and gamepads

In the Android TV-Box H96 Max Plus we have the Rockchip RK3328 SoC that integrates a Mali-450MP5 GPU, this model allows us to correctly move most Android titles without performance problems and good compatibility. The games with a lot of 3D load are the ones that have frames drops in this GPU, so it is better to limit yourself to basic titles with little load.

  • Compatibility: Is NO possible to play demanding titles such as PUBG
  • Controls: Compatible with Gamepads by cable or bluetooth

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Video playback test

We performed our video playback tests on the Android TV-Box H96 Max Plus, a model that has the RK3328 SoC that integrates a VPUcompatible with most modern video formats as we can see in the results. by default this TV-Box comes with a version of KODI called RKMCthat is outdated, we recommend delete it and installing the latest official version from Google Play.

  • CompatibilityHEVC with good performance at 10 bit color or HDR / VP9 simple (YouTube) but not P2 with HDR.
  • You can read our Tutorial to install Addons in KODI in a simple way to get to watch the most popular streamings.

Test results

H.264 Format Result
BBB – H.264 8bit – Simple@L1 – 1080p@25fps – 7 Mbps Correct
Samsung Oceanic Life – H.264  8bit – High@L5.1 – 1080p@30fps – 40 Mbps Correct
Timelapse – H.264 8bit – High@L5.1 – 4K@24fps – 43 Mbps Correct
Anime – H.264 10bit – High 10@L5.1 – 1080p@24fps – 10 Mbps Correct
H.265 / VP9 Format
Tears of steel – HVEC 8bit – Main@L6.2@Main – 1080p@24fps – 17 Mbps Correct
Samsung UHD Dubai – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.2@Main – 4K@24fps – 51 Mbps Correct
Jellyfish – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L6.1@High – 4K@30fps – 392 Mbps Frameskip
Anime – HVEC 10bit –  Main 10@L4@Main – 1080p@24fps – 21 Mbps Frameskip
Eye of the Storm – VP9 – 4K@24fps – 14 Mbps Correct
HDR Format
Life of Pi HDR10 –  HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.1@High – 4K@24fps – 45 Mbps Correct
LG Demo – Dolby Vision – HVEC 12bit – Main 10@L5@Main – 4K@24fps – 30 Mbps Correct
Planet Earth II – HDR HLG 10bit  – Main 10@L5@High – 4K@25fps – 31 Mbps Correct
The world in HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 4K@60fps – 20 Mbps Frameskip
Peru 8K HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 8K@60fps – 20 Mbps Frameskip

Audio playback test

Testing the H96 Max Plus using a Yamaha RXV-577 AV receiver we check that they support DD 7.1 and DTS 5.1 pass through sound. Remember that you have to indicate the connector to use in audio settings so that it sends the signal to the decoder, Settings > Sound > Audio Device. If you don’t have AV receiver you can hear the multichannel audio videos in stereo, follow our multi-channel audio guide to setup the system.

  • Ports: HDMI up to 7.1 / Audio jack stereo
  • Certification: None.

Audio test results

Formats DD 5.1 DD+ 7.1 DD True 7.1 DD Atms 7.1 DTS 5.1 DTS MA 5.1 DTS HR 7.1 DTS X 7.1
HDMI OK OK Core OK* OK Core Core Core*
SPDIF
  • PCM – Stereo only doing downmix from DD or DTS
  • Core – Only the core of the format is played back with what we passed to the Dolby / DTS base system
    * Our AV receiver does not support these native formats but we verify that it is played back to 7.1

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Streaming services

We pass the classic tests on streaming services to see how the most popular services work. In this model as we can see in stores is advertised as compatible with Netflix HD and Youtube 4K but it is false, this is a TV-Box without any official certificate and offers us standard support with Netflix in SD and YouTube quality up to 1080p.

  • WARNING: From AndroidPCtv we encourage you to report this type of fraudulent advertising and claim the stores, use our source.
    UPDATED: H96tvbox has already removed the advertising with reference to Netflix HD.
  • DRM: None
  • NOTE: We remind this product do not have official support for these streaming apps, the compatibility with these services can vary depends of any new limitations imposed for this companies. The tests are perform with the indicated firmware and the version of the streaming app at the date of the review.
Streaming service Video Quality Audio Quality Result
Youtube FullHD (1080p) Stereo OK
Google Play Movies Don’t work
Netflix SD (480p) Stereo OK
HBO Nordic HD (720p) Stereo Pause icon in the center of the screen
Amazon Prime Video SD (480p) Stereo OK
  • Guide for Netflix on Android, inside you can found a solution for Error 0013 and installation method on rooted devices
  • Guide for Amazon Prime video on Android



    Opinion

    As we have seen in our review, the H96 Max Plus is another model in the universe of low-cost products in this sector. A model that has a interesting hardware because it has 4GB of RAM and options with 32 or 64GB of internal storage, although as we have seen the internal storage is quite slow. By default this model has a RF remote control with integrated microphone with which we can give orders to Google Assitant but as usual it is not very well implemented because we can not perform searches on other apps like YouTube.

    Undoubtedly the controversial point of this H96 Max Plus is that it is advertised in some stores with support Netflix HD and YouTube 4K that as we have verified is simply FALSE (Updated: H96tvbox has already removed the advertising with reference to Netflix HD), we are before a generic TV-Box in this aspect and the quality of the services is the usual, we will see Netflix in SD and Youtube quality in FullHD quality. We recommend directly claiming if we expected to see these services as reflected in their advertising, it is necessary for stores to avoid this type of misleading advertising and not to sell these types of products. In general as we can see is a totally generic product.

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