X96 Mini+ Amlogic S905W4 Android 9 TV Box

X96 Mini+ S905W4 TV Box Review

In today’s TV box market there is always the need for budget TV boxes like this X96 mini+ that caters for those who simply don’t have a lot of cash but of course want to enjoy basic streaming of movies and TV shows. I found it necessary to review this box knowing fully well the low specs it presented, however the claim that it has a new Amlogic S905W4 budget CPU caught my attention.

However during this review I discovered that there is absolutely no difference or improvement in performance compared to the previous S905W. One might even question whether it’s a new CPU at all. In the light of this, it is indeed a budget TV box and should only be used for streaming movies and TV shows. As its performance benchmarks placed it at the bottom of my rankings chart.

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X96 Mini+ in the box


X96 Mini+ Hardware Specs

CPU – Amlogic S905W4 4X 1.2GHz
GPU – ARM Mali 450 Open GL ES 2.0
RAM – 2GB DDR3
Internal Storage – 16GB
Wi-Fi – Dual Band 2.4GHz + 5GHz
Bluetooth 3.2

X96 Mini+ system info

X96 Mini+ CPU info


Benchmarks

Antutu – 38,953
Geekbench 4 – 465 Single-Core | 1,204 Multicore
Ice Storm Extreme – 3,190
Slingshot – NA
RAM Copy – 2,279 MB/s
Internal Storage – 24 MB/s read | 37 MB/s write
Wi-Fi – 100% on 5GHZ Band | 2.4GHz 34%
LAN – 75% 100 Mbps

X96 Mini+ Antutu benchmark


Features

Kodi/APK streaming OK
1080p videos play OK
Dolby Atmos/DTS audio
HDR display
Dolby Vision
YouTube in 1080p Fine
Alternative launchers
Cheap price $29.99
5GHz Wi-Fi and LAn speed good

X96 Mini+ launcher

X96 Mini+ IR Remote

X96 Mini+ Digital audio output


Cons

No navigation bar/status bar
Not rooted/no root switch
No DRM for Netflix in HD/4K
CPU clock 1.2GHz too slow
Only 2GB RAM and 16GB storage
No screen rotation
Interface is sluggish
No 4K video display
No Dolby True HD
Bluetooth not connecting
Gaming sluggish
2.4GHZWi-Fi speed low

X96 Mini+ pros and cons


Final Thoughts

There is nothing more I can say about this box, if you are looking for high performance box this is not the box to go for.
It is however one of the cheapest boxes on the market at a price point of just $29.99.


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