Nexbox A95X TV Box is the second box I got so far based on the new budget SoC – Amlogic S905X. A refresher: S905X adds over its older brother (S905) these four (4) features: VP9 4k codec support, HDR support, OS support (android 6 and up only vs android 5.1 and up), and with Nexbox own models (A5 for the S905 and A95X for the S905X) – the SPDIF audio output.
I want to thank Geekbuying‘s Nick and Lily for this review sample, and I hope we’ll have plenty more co-operations of this kind in the future.
What’s in the Box?
As we can see, the box is a budget item, and includes the necessities: A learning IR Remote, A short User manual, HDMI 2.0 cable, and a DC power adapter.
Looks & Design
The box retains the standard Nexbox look – with the red ribbon on the corner. Other than that it’s a small box, made of smooth black plastic, with no screws. Two USB ports, AV port and a SPDIF coaxial port as well as HDMI and LAN ports make up for the port offerings – aside for the DC power jack.
|Chipset||Amlogic S905X Quad core Cortex A53 2.0GHz 64bit|
|GPU||Penta Core ARM Mali-450 GPU up to 750MHz+|
|Memory / Storage||2GB DDR3 RAM / 16GB eMMC Flash ROM|
|LAN||10/100M, standard RJ-45|
|Wireless||IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2.4G/5G|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Video Output||HDMI 2.0, up to 4K*2K @ 60fps, Support HDR, HDMI-CEC**, HDCP 2.2|
|Audio Output||Via HDMI 2.0, coaxial SPDIF (5.1CH, 7.1CH)|
|Power||DC 5V 2A adapter (CE, FCC, CCC Certified)|
|Peripheral Interface||RJ-45 Ethernet Port (10/100Mbps), USB 2.0 Port x 2, OTG Port, Micro-SD/Micro-SDHC/TF Card Reader, IR Sensor (Remote included)|
|Packing Included||1 x A95X Android TV Box, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x HDMI Cable, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x English Manual|
Benchmarks and Testing
The Antutu benchmark tests single core performance over multi-core as it is a better indication of the performance of one device over others in most situations. A95X takes a place right after the Tronsmart S95 Vega Telos, which is not a bad place to be, and this is considering that it is a budget box with a middle placement on the chart.
GPU Mark Benchmark
GPU Mark tests 3d gaming performance and also provides a normalized score according to the used screen resolution (for a more accurate result). The test is quite short and should be taken as a supporting result to that of the more serious 3D Mark benchmark. A95X takes a good place in the middle, in line with other s905/x boxes.
A1 SD Benchmark
A1 SD Benchmark tests RAM and flash memory speeds. As can be seen in the provided graphs, RAM is much faster (by a factor of about 40) than flash memory – that is why it’s in smaller amount and is also volatile (does not retain its contents after a reboot). A95X RAM copy speed shows speed and takes the second place in the total chart, as well as in the Internal and External Read/Write speeds.
PC Mark Benchmark
PC Mark is a benchmark that tests several real-world aspects of android devices. Tests such as web browsing, photo editing, writing (copy, cut, paste) and so on. A95X takes a middle placement again, in line with other similar boxes.
3D Mark Benchmark
3D Mark benchmark is considered as one of the best ways to test 3d performance on Android (and other platforms). A95X takes one of the last places in the list of S905 and S905X based boxes. However, it does not affect game performance too much, as becomes evident in the game testing below.
Usage and Performance
A95X is, as many other Chinese boxes out there, rooted. But… this is not a full root by any means. The meaning is that when you run a root detection app from the play store, it will report the box is rooted. But there is no root permission management binary installed – such as “SuperSu” or “SuperUser” – and without one of these, a box is not really rooted. That’s because all the advantages of rooting depend on the ability to grant permissions to apps – and that is simply impossible with the A95X. Requests for a better solution were not answered so far.
Another thing to mention – the recovery button which exists normally in the S905 (not S905X) version of this box – is missing here. It means that booting the box into recovery is pretty much impossible. When I asked for help for this, I was told the recovery button is on the inside of the AV port, on the side. I still cannot seem to find it.
These two issues lead to the fact that flashing this box has been impossible for me so far. After many attempts, I managed to install TWRP recovery, but in the process lost the partial root. Now I cannot do anything in terms of flashing – even from my PC.
This annoyance aside, and a few crashes (settings app, and the update app which pops up a crash message mainly upon boot), the box performs mostly in a stable manner.
SD and HD quality content are played correctly over WiFi, with a few exceptions I noticed with heavier videos, 4k content or times that the box lost network speed for no apparent reason.
The box is quite small, but even though it got a bit hot, it was not too hot to touch.
Bugs & Issues
- As mentioned, ROOT is practically non-existing.
- 4k content did not play smoothly over WiFi – at all. All of the samples, including HEVC samples that usually play fine, did not play smoothly and exhibited stutter, audio loss, and buffering.
- No shutdown menu is available – only “Power Off” option.
- No built in screenshot button available. To take screenshots I had to connect a USB keyboard and use the PrintScreen key.
- Video appeared to be a bit on the dark side from the beginning.
- Error message pops up in regard to the update app crashing – after boot.
Network performance has been tested using Speedtest.net Internet speed measuring app, in WiFi and in Wired mode. My Internet connection is 200 Mbit Synchronous Fibre connection. Speeds measured are Wireless 2.4GHz, Wired (Lan over Powerline), and Wireless 5GHz:
The speeds are not so great in general, but LAN speed is quite high among other android TV boxes.
Video Playback testing
Video playback testing was done with the latest official Kodi (16.1) – pre-installed on the box with add-ons:
|Resolution||Video Format||Local Playback||Network (Wi-Fi/LAN) Playback|
|720p (1280*720)||AVC (High@L4.1)||Playing correctly||Playing correctly|
|1080P (1920*1080)||AVC (High@L4)||Playing correctly||Playing correctly|
|2160P (3840*2160)||HEVC (H.265)||Playing correctly||Buffering, Audio Loss, Stutter|
|4K (4096*2304)||AVC (High@L5.1)||Playing correctly (a bit of microstutter)||Buffering, Audio Loss, Stutter|
|4K / HD / FullHD||HEVC (H.265) 10Bit||Playing correctly||Buffering, Audio Loss, Stutter|
I noticed an issue with one of the AVC (H.264) videos freezing while the audio kept playing – forcing me to restart the box. After restart it did play, but showed some micro-stutter. I hope that future firmware updates will address these problems.
Asphalt 8 Airborne – a 3d graphic intensive racing game. The game run mostly smoothly. The initial data download crashed mid-way and had to be resumed. There were minor stutters during gameplay – especially as races starts.
Angry Birds 2 – a popular 2d action game. Mostly it run well, but the game loaded a bit slow, and I did experience some stutter when moving between screens inside the levels.
Walking War Robots – an online robot warfare game that requires a game-pad. The game recently had its graphics upgraded. The game run smoothly even with the polished graphics.
Nexbox A95X Conclusions
Did I like it? Not especially. The faulty root solution on top of flashing impossibility, and inconsistent network performance made this box only okay and mostly for up to 1080p content.
Would I recommend it? Only for the price targeted buyers. It does the job, most of the time, but there are small bugs and annoyances which make the experience lacking.
If you’d like to buy this box, the price will be 46 USD, and I’ll be glad if you can use my link:
Nexbox A95X Amlogic S905X 4K KODI Preinstalled Android 6.0 TV BOX 2G16G 2.4G5G WIFI Bluetooth LAN