Out of Nowhere – H9 X3 Amlogic S905X3 TV Box With Premium Features

H9 X3 TV Box Review

When it comes to TV boxes it’s usually more of the same only around and it’s either a high end box, a mid-range box, or a low end the box. The best features are usually found in the high end of models and their CPU performance I usually 1.9 GHz and above. So I get so excited when a developer releases a mid-range box that pushes its boundaries and implements features usually found in the high end models. The H9 X3 is such a box coming out of nowhere it took me by surprise as I passed it off as a generic mid-range model. The H9 X3 not only has good high end performance it also has features usually seen in top models such as Ugoos, Beelink, A95X, and Magicsee. And keep in mind it runs on the Amlogic S905X3 CPU on 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which qualifies it as a mid-range TV box. And in this review I was impressed by its smoothness, it’s performance, its benchmarks and its unique features. However, they did stumble a bit as you will see in the later have of the review, but I applaud the developers of this box for being bold and pushing the boundaries in this box and I would like to encourage them to continue as this H9 brand has lots of potential.

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H9 X3 In the box

H9 X3 Hardware

CPU – Amlogic S905X3 1.9 GHz clock speed
GPU – Mali G31
RAM – 4GB DDR3
Internal Storage – 64GB eMMc
Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz dual band
LAN – 1000 Mbps
Bluetooth – 4.1

H9 X3 system info H9 X3 CPU info

I/O ports

1 HDMI
1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0
1 Ethernet LAN port
1 A/V port
1 Optical Audio SPDIF
1 SD reader
1 DC power input

H9 X3 Rear Ports H9 X3 side ports H9 X3 Front view H9 X3 Bottom view

Benchmarks

Antutu – 75,452
Geekbench 4 – 775 single core/ 2216 multicore
Ice storm extreme – 5185
Slingshot – 330
RAM copy speed – 3249
Internal storage speed – 73 MB/s read / 38 MB/s write
Wi-Fi speed – max speed on a 5 GHz +2.4 GHz 56%
LAN speed – max speed

H9 X3 Antutu Benchmarks

Features

1.9Ghz CPU
Open GL ES 3.2
Root Switch
Hardware Monitor
Cellphone remote app
4K Resoludion
HDR display
Dolby Vision
Navigation Bar/Status bar

H9 X3 Root switch H9 X3 Dolby Atmos H9 X3 cellphone remote

Cons

No DRM for Netflix in HD/4K (basic 480p only)
Screen rotation does not work
4K HDR videos have no display, audio only
Smart programming to block certain benchmark apps (Antutu)
Keymapping apps don’t work
No Dolby TrueHD digital output
(Dolby Atmos/DTS working fine)
Infrared Remote

H9 X3 Pros and cons

Conclusion

so there were a couple of things I like very much about this box and a few things that I had some concerns with. Well for starters I love everything about the interface the premium features they implemented and their hardware settings. However, what they attempted to do was to block certain apps from running on their box in particular the Antutu benchmark and I also discovered that key mapping apps don’t work as they should, the installed but when you try to use them they don’t function right. This is part of their Smart programming and its geared towards blocking reviewers like myself from revealing performance statistics about their box. But that was not necessary because the box is an excellent performing TV box and the have nothing to fear. In fact if it wasn’t for these bugs in the system this box will have been my new favorite mid-range TV box for 2020 along with the A95X F3. So I urge the developers of the H9 X3 to look at this firmware again and fix the bugs and I will have a look at it again and do an update video.

 

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18 thoughts on “Out of Nowhere – H9 X3 Amlogic S905X3 TV Box With Premium Features”

  1. 4K and Netflix are non relevant for me. But I don’t get this keymapping thing. So, what type of games can not be played on this box?

    If the wifi reception is ok, I am buying it.

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    • OK so I will make a video soon about keymapping, and any game that requires touchscreen functions to play a keymapping app is required.
      I would recommend the A95X F3 for better gamine and Wi-Fi reception. This box still have some bugs that I don’t like.

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  2. Very nice and detail review.
    I saw that you found out bugs in the system. Can you tell me what other bugs did you found beside key-mappings and 4K HDR videos have no display, audio only?

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      • box was bought on Aliexpress (“Transpeed Official Store”, No. 323533). all TV boxes (H9 X3 / TranSpeed X3 Pro / IE X3 Air) has a fake memory! open it and count chips or use a soft that fills android memory. not certified GAPS. no DRM. LAN is FE (100M) not GE. AV output doesn’t work with HDMI simultaneously, you cannot connect this box to a computer monitor without digital audio decoder.

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        • I bought the Transpeed x3 Air, logged into my gmail account and surprise surprise. I can’t download any apps to the unit. After wasting 2 days trying to figure out why the f*** it’s not working, I came across the fact that this unit is not Google certified, thus no apps.
          Yes, they sell cheap crap from China and Amazon is loaded with them.
          It does play videos nicely but that’s about where it ends with this unit.
          Does anyone else experience the same problem as me?

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  3. Hi Stealth, you mentioned using a software that fills Android memory. Do you have such a software I can use to determine this?
    The area of RAM and RAM type has been a sore point in my videos, maybe I could do some more in that department.

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  4. Hello,
    In you Excell file you state the screen rotation feature is present , but in this video under “CONs” you say “screen rotation does not work”.
    Can please let me know what is real then? thank you

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    • Sorry about that for the confusion, the Chart was an error. This box does not have screen rotation. I updated the chart
      Thanks for going through the fine details, sometimes I feel no one does.

      Reply
  5. I picked up a few of these and the home button on navbar and remote does not work, even when manually mapped using the open source Key Mapper from XDA forums. Navbar app switch button doesn’t work either. My WiFi speeds are also very slow on both 2.4 and 5 GHz, only 1/3 of my max bandwidth. I tried the newer firmware H9X3_4_64_800M_20200610 but still same problems. They did enable Antutu Benchmarks, include it in the firmware and allow key mapping. Can anyone give any hints as to how to get the home button working?

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  6. Hi TVBoxShop,
    I noticed that this H9 X3 S905X3 unit came with OTG slot and therefore curious to know whether can plug in USB Camera/Logitech c270i with OTG adapter and run video conference with Google Meet & Zoom apps?

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