OMIKAI K1 Allwinner H616 Wireless Charging TV Box With an Internal Cooling Fan

OMIKAI K1 Allwinner H616 Wireless Charging TV Box Review

The OMIKAI K1 TV Box at first glance provides lots of hope when it comes to Allwinner chipsets. We have seen other models face lots of issues in performance and heat management. With its well ventilated design and internal cooling fan, raises some eyebrows and peaks the interests of reviewers and enthusiasts alike. The immediate question will be whether the improvements in design and heat management will result in lower heat and higher performance. Well during this review I was sort of hoping that this would be the case and would finally be able to review and Allwinner TV box that is worthwhile. While there were some improvements mainly in the area of heat management, there wasn’t much improvements in performance. So the OMIKAI K1 has the right concept of all one should develop a TV box on the Allwinner H616 but it is still more of the same in terms of performance.

 

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OMIKAI K1 in the box

Omikai K1 Hardware

  • CPU – Allwinner H616 1.5GHz
  • GPU – ARM Mali G31
  • RAM – 4GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage – 32GB
  • Wi-Fi  – 802.11ac 2.4GHz + 5GHz
  • LAN – 100Mbps
  • Bluetooth – 5.0

 

OMIKAI K1 system info OMIKAI K1 CPU info

IO Ports

  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 RJ45 LAN
  • 1 Optical Audio
  • 1 USB 3.0
  • 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 Micro SD card reader
  • 1 19V 3A DC input
  • 1 Wireless Charging pad

 

OMIKAI K1 Side ports OMIKAI K1 rear ports OMIKAI K1 bottom view OMIKAI K1 Top view

Benchmarks

  • Antutu – 54,842
  • Geekbench 4 – 532 single core | 1291 multi-core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 3809
  • Slingshot – 395
  • RAM Copy speed – 2746 MB/s
  • Internal Storage Speeds – 138 MB/s read | 156 MB/s write
  • Wi-Fi Speed – 2.4GHz Low | 5GHz Low
  • LAN Speed – 100Mbps Low

OMIKAI K1 Antutu benchmark

Features

  • Internal cool fan on Allwinner H616 CPU
  • Wireless charging pad works OK
  • Android 10 Q OS
  • Rooted
  • Miracast Works
  • Alternative launchers work
  • 4K 2160p 60Hz Display resolution
  • HDR Display only manually
  • 4K video playback on default media player
  • Kodi/APKs streaming OK
  • Wireless Air-Mouse included
  • Well ventilated design
  • Cooling fan prevents overheating
  • Gamepad Keymapping apps work well
  • Bluetooth work OK
  • YouTube plays 1080p only

OMIKAI K1 launcher

 

Cons

  • No Root switch
  • No navigation bar/status bar
  • No screen rotation
  • Slow Wi-Fi and LAN speed
  • No Dolby Vision
  • No Dolby/DTS surround sound audio
  • No automatic HDR triggering
  • Intermittent throttling during gaming
  • YouTube cannot play 4K and freezes at times

 

OMIKAI K1 Pros and Cons

Final Thoughts

It appears that no matter how they try Allwinner H616 chipset just can’t deliver a well balance TV box. No one manufacturer can set their CPU clock speed above 1.5 GHz without running in the overheating issues and poor performance. So even in their attempt in the OMIKAI K1 to include a cooling fan it still had borderline heating issues. Not to mention it had challenges in playing 4K videos, no HDR display, and no digital surround sound audio output. These issues are surely a deal breaker for this box.

 

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