New T95 Plus RockChip RK3566 Android 11 4K TV Box Review

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T95 Plus RockChip RK3566 Android 11 4K TV Box Review

 

So here we are once again with a new TV Box from Rockchip called the T95 Plus and it runs on the new Rockchip RK 3566 and the Mali G52 GPU on Android 11 operating system. When I first saw this box and plugged in the power I was really excited to see if this box would showcase the real potential of the new Rockchip hardware. However, my enthusiasm was short-lived the as soon as I discovered that though it wasn’t that the same as the H96 Max model, it has its own fair share of challenges.

 

Believe me when I say I really believe this is good performance hardware, and am really rooting for. But it appears that the challenges continue with Android 11 and getting all the features up and working that would deliver the kind of the user experience we are expecting. In this review I really try my best highlight the greatness of the hardware, but too much of the firmware issues are clouding its potential.

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T95 Plus in the box

T95 Plus Hardware

  • CPU – RockChip RK3566 1.8GHz 64bit
  • GPU – Mali G52
  • RAM – 4GB/8GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage – 32GB/64GB
  • Bluetooth – 4.0
  • Wi-Fi – -Dual Band 2.4GHz + 5GHz
  • Lan – 1000Mbps GB

T95 Plus system info T95 Plus CPU info

 

 

T95 Plus I/O Ports

  • 1 HDMI 2.0
  • 1 USB 3.0
  • 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 RJ45 LAN 1000Mbps
  • 1 Optical Audio
  • 1 SD Card Reader

T95 Plus rear IO ports T95 Plus side 2 IO ports Side IO ports T95 Plus bottom view T95 Plus Fronl LED display

 

Benchmark Scores

  • Antutu – 87,324
  • Geekbench 4 – 780 single-core and 1455 multi-core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 7248
  • Sling Shot – 771
  • Slingshot Extreme – 534
  • RAM Copy – 3708 MB/s
  • eMMc Storage – 93 MB/s and a write speed of 44 MB/s
  • Wi-Fi – 5Ghz 47% / 2.4GHz 27%
  • LAN – 100% GB LAN port

T95 Plus Antutu benchmark

 

Pro Features

  • Android 11 OS Mobile Version
  • RockChip RK3566 CPU 1.8GHz
  • True 4K 60hz resolution
  • GPU Vulkan v1.1
  • 64bit ABIs architecture
  • Streams Movies and TV shows good
  • AirScreen casting
  • Built-in screen rotation
  • GB LAN port MAX internet speed
  • Built in hardware monitor overlay
  • RGB lighting styles
  • Good benchmarks (w/caution)
  • DTS audio (only under KODI)
  • YouTube plays in 4K (no HDR)
  • New alternative Nova 7 launcher works (only)

T95 Plus RGB lights

Cons

  • Not root access
  • No root switch
  • No navigation bar / status bar
  • Google Play services not updating
  • No HDR display
  • No Dolby vision
  • 4K video playback jitter
  • No Dolby Atmos/DTS-X/HD-MA/THX
  • VLC player not detecting digital audio
  • YouTube not producing HDR
  • Overheating issues
  • Throttling during 3D gaming
  • Games not reading gamepads
  • Games not reading Google Play games
  • Poor Wi-Fi performance both bands
  • No official Miracast
  • Lots of alternative launchers not working
  • No DRM for Netflix in HD / 4K

T95 Plus Pros and Cons

 

Final Thoughts

It appears that Rockchip TV Box manufacturers do not possess the right formula all personnel to deliver the right firmware for the hardware. The hardware is definitely not the issue here, with 64 bit architecture and the Mali G52 GPU, that combination is enough to rival any S905X3 or S905X4 model. I am still hopeful that someone will get it right before it tarnishes the potential of this new Rockchip hardware and provide the competition that Amlogic manufacturers deserve.

 

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