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Scishion AI SE Rockchip RK3399 TV Box Review
So this Big Bad Boy looking of a TV box called the Scishion AI SE is quite an impressive looking TV box. In fact, it has all the right specs to put the Magicsee N6 Max in second place. But can it? It comes with some exciting new features on the inside, and some cool accessories on the outside. Along with two controllers you don’t usually get in you TV box purchase. However, has Scishion really out done themselves in this box, or is it another over rated box. Well see for yourself and you be the judge.
APK list on Aptoide app store:
AI SE Hardware
- CPU – RK3399 Quad Core Cortex A53 + Dual Core Cortex A72 (6 Cores total)
- GPU – 4X ARM Mali T860
- RAM – 4GB DDR4
- ROM – 64GB eMMc
- WiFi – Dual band 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz
- Bluetooth – 4.1
- Voice Remote
- Bluetooth gamepad included
The CPU is a 6 Core CPU with maximum frequency of 1.8GHz. The cortex A53 is clocked at 1.4GHz, and the cortex A72 it clocked at 1.8GHz.
Design and IO Peripherals
- 1 HDMI 2.0
- 2 USB 2.0
- 1 USB 3.0
- 1 USB Type C
- 1 RJ45 LAN
- 1 Optical audio
- 1 Micro SD
- 1 Reset
- 1 Internal Cooling FAN
The housing comes with a cooling fan at the bottom, so there is no need for an external passive cooling fan.
The box comes with its own cooling fan maintaining an operating temperature between 30°C and 55°C
Android OS and UI
The Scishion AI SS Max runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, much like the Magicsee N6 max. However, runs on a modified version of Android TV OS. The box is rooted, but there are lots of apps that cannot be found on the Google play store, and some of them tells you that this app is not compatible with your box. I guess they had to do that to give you Google assistant voice commands and voice search. The launcher is mess it only responds well to the voice remote, you will get frustrated trying to navigate with a mouse or mini touchpad keyboard. The Launcher does not come with a navigation bar or notifications bar that allows multitasking and easy switching between apps.
- Antutu – 104434
- Geekbenck 4 – 1259 single-core / 42941 multi-core
- Ice Storm Extreme – 9220
- Sling Shot – 883
- RAM Copy speed – 8177 MB/s
- ROM Speed – 144 MB/s Read / 100MB/s Write
- WiFi Speed – MAX Speed on 5.8Ghz and on LAN. 2.4GHz low
4K Video Playback and 3D Gaming
I was a bit disappointing to see that the AI SE was not optimized well enough to play all my 4K video samples like how the N6 max did. I experiences some videos playing with latency issues, and some with no audio. What I saw was the box playing more difficult videos with ease, and the ones that was supposed to easy had some problems.
I think the most comfortable area for this box is Android gaming . The performance is great Open GL ES 3.2, but it becomes frustrating when your favorite games does not show up in the Play Store due to Android TV restrictions.
I felt kind of frustrated doing this review because the benchmarks were a few percentages higher than the N6 Max, but the user experience due to poor the firmware optimization gives this box a bad beat. It has everything to be the best TV box on the market, in terms of design, new features like the cooling system, best IO ports, voice remote and Bluetooth gamepad included, and you cannot enjoy it properly because of the firmware. I will be looking out for a new firmware and give a report when it is released.