X98H Pro Allwinner H618 Android 12 TV Box Review

X98H Pro Android 12 TV Box Review

So Allwinner has resurfaced with a new SOC call the Allwinner H618 based on the Android 12 SDK, and the developers of X98 used this SOC in their latest model called the X98H Pro TV Box. For those of us who still have a somewhat better tests in our modes from the last generation of Allwinner models, will be very skeptical about this latest model. In my experience with oral models their Achilles’ heel has always been overheating and the inability to implement adequate heatsink or cooling to mitigate this issue.

What I discovered in this review is that their R&D is not keeping up with modern designs, where we are now seeing models adapting new cooling design with top external aluminum direct contact heatsink. We have also seen a model implement it top cooling fan which was very effective allowing them to clock their CPUs 2.0 GHz and over. So it’s either a budget issue or a capital issue will be have of the Allwinner laboratory.

 

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 in the box

 

X98H Pro Hardware Specs

The new Allwinner H6 18 is a quad-core cortex A55 CPU and therefore configured in 32bit mode clocked at 1.4 GHz. This is way below industry-standard for a medium class Android box. How much that affect performance is the question. Its display is powered by the ARM Mali G31 GPU with Vulkan API version 1.1 support. It comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32 GB of internal storage with, dual band 2.4GHz +5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

 

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 system information

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 CPU information

 

X98H Pro I/O ports

So this model comes with one HDMI output and one HDMI input however there is no application to utilize the HDMI input port for recording. It has one RJ-45 gigabit LAN port, one optical audio port, one AV port, three USB 2.0 ports, and a microSD reader.

 

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 top view

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 rare IO ports

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 side USB SD ports

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 bottom panel

 

Performance benchmarks Rankings Chart here

  • Antutu – 71,896
  • Geekbench 5 – 107 single-core | 381 multi-core
  • GPU Wilde-life – 126
  • Slingshot Extreme – 271
  • RAM Copy Speed – 2,779
  • Internal Storage Speed – 118 MB/s Read |45 MB/s Write
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4GHz 32% | 5GHz 94%
  • Ethernet LAN – 100% 1000Mbps

 

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 Antutu benchmark

 

X98H Pro Features

  • Allwinner H618 quad-core CPU 1.4 GHz
  • DDR4 RAM
  • Android 12 operating system mobile version                                     
  • Root access
  • Built-in screen rotation
  • 4K 2160p at 60hz display
  • HDR display
  • Mobile screen mirroring Airscreen app
  • Kodi and streaming APKs
  • Max Internet speed on the LAN port
  • Alternative launchers would live wallpapers
  • 4K video playback good
  • Dolby Atmos/ Dolby Digital plus/Dolby TrueHD
  • Average 3D gaming

 

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 media box launcher

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 Dolby Atmos

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 IR remote

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 front LED display

 

Cons

  • No root switch
  • No navigation bar or status bar
  • No DRM for Netflix in HD/4K
  • Low CPU speed 1.4 GHz
  • Borderline overheating idle 69°C/gaming 85°C
  • Lower than usual speeds on Wi-Fi bands
  • Official Miracast not working
  • No DTS HD-MA/DTS X
  • YouTube freezes or 4K 2160p
  • No HLG HDR

 

X98H Pro Allwinner H618 pros and cons

 

Final thoughts

I am not excited about this Allwinner chipset going forward unless Allwinner solves the sore point of all CPU clock speed due to potential via overheating. I wonder how difficult can be for them to get over this hurdle. If you are a this market to make money, there are so many reviews out there that will guide you on what potential customers are looking for in a TV Box. Why invest in hardware that no will get negative reviews. It’s operating system on the other hand need some improvements though I found that it was better than in the past. For now I will not be interested in Allwinner unless I see their CPUs clocked at 2.0 GHz with adequate cooling and no overheating.

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