Review | Ugoos AM6 Plus Amlogic S922XJ TV Box

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Ugoos Am6 Plus is Ugoos’ newest Android TV box, and I can honestly say, it’s not only their best box yet, but one of the best boxes I ever reviewed so far!

Thanks goes to James from Ugoos for providing the Review sample.

 

 

What’s in the Box?


AM6 Plus arrived in a simply designed square cardboard box, in white and green. Inside I found, aside for the AM6 Plus itself and its two antennas, a quite standard affair of: Infrared remote control, HDMI 2.1 cable, a 12v power adapter and a UK adapter plug, as well as a small user manual. No OTG cable is included, but considering the power-box this model is, I cannot complain.

 

AM6 Plus Looks


AM6 Plus is a black metallic square box, not dissimilar to other boxes from other manufacturers.. but.. for one, it is made of metal. Blacked out aluminium shell to be exact with plenty of venting holes and slots. The power led is actually on the top of the box, inside the first “o” of Ugoos manufacturer’s logo. The box also comes with a dual antenna setup which may be responsible for the very good WiFi performance measured. The rest are quite standard – multiple ports and slots arranged around the box’s periphery, with one port which I miss – a USB-C port. There are USB 2.0 ports, and a single USB 3.0 port, but not USB-C port.

Here are the items that come in the box: AM6 Plus, Two antennas, Infrared remote control, HDMI 2.1 cable, a 12v power adapter and a UK adapter plug, as well as a small user manual.

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AM6 Plus Specifications


Chipset Amlogic S922XJ with 12nm,Quad core ARM Cortex-A73 and dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
GPU ARM Mali TM-G52 MP6(6ppc)
Memory / Storage LPDDR4 4GB / 32GB (EMMC)
LAN 1*RJ45 1000M (1000M Ethernet Integrated IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with RGMII
interface)
Wireless 2.4G+5G The wireless module complies with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO standard and it can achieve up to a speed of 867Mbps with dual stream in 802.11n to connect the wireless LAN (WiFi Module: AmPak 6398S)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 with LE technology
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Video Output HDMI (2.1 and 2.0) to support maximum 4K@60fps output(HDCP2.2)
Audio Output / Input Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg and programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing I2S audio interface supporting 2-channel input and 8-channel (7.1) output
Built-in serial digital audio SPDIF/IEC958 output and PCM input/output
Built-in stereo audio DAC,
Stereo digital microphone PDM input
Support concurrent dual audio stereo channel output with combination of analog+PCM or I2S+PCM
Power DC 12V/2A
Peripheral Interface 1 * HDMI 2.1, 1 * USB 3.0 Fast Speed, 3 * USB 2.0 Host, 1 * SPDIF, 1 * DC Jack, 1 * TF Card (MicroSD), up to 32GB (SD 2.X, SD 3.X, SD 4.X, eMMC ver 5.0), 1 * 3.5mm Stereo input/output
Packing Included IR Remote controller,
Dimensions 117mm * 117mm * 18.5mm, 300 grams

 

AM6 Plus Benchmarks and Testing


All completed benchmarks have been repeated 3 times and results have been averaged to give a more accurate reading:

Antutu Benchmark


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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. Ugoos AM6 Plus jumps the queue and takes first place! above any other device I’ve tested so far.

Bellow is a screenshot of the latest Antutu benchmark (I have not tested other boxes with this new version, so there is no comparison graph as yet):

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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. Ugoos AM6 Plus reached 3rd place in average frames per second, and only 5th place in the average and screen normalized score. However, the seemingly low placement may be deceiving as it’s not far off from it’s competitors, and the one that tops the chart is a tablet that contains a much more powerful GPU.

 

 

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 keep its contents after a reboot). Ugoos AM6 Plus shows its muscles as its DDR4 speedy RAM wins it second place in RAM copy speed test, and its updated eMMC storage flash places it in third place in Internal/External storage speed tests.

 

 

PC Mark Benchmark


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AM6 Plus wins first place in this extensive suite of productivity tests which is designed to show a more balanced picture of an android device’s ability to perform various tasks such as spreadsheet calculations, photo editing, complex web page browsing and more.

 

3D Mark Benchmark


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3D Mark benchmark is considered as one of the best ways to test 3d performance on Android (and other platforms). Ugoos AM6 Plus takes second place, right after the aforementioned tablet.

 

 

AM6 Plus Extra Benchmarks


For some more information, see the following screenshots from other benchmarks such as AndroBench, Mobile GPU Benchmark, Vellamo, Passmark, and SD Card Test Pro:

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AndroBench

 

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Mobile GPU Benchmark

 

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Vellamo

 

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Passmark

 

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SD Card Test Pro

 

AM6 Plus Bugs and Issues


  1. AM6 Plus refuses ADB connect requests, thus making use of SCRCPY remote control program not possible. For SCRCPY to work, wifi debugging need to be enabled under debug settings, developer options need to be enabled and USB Debugging needs to be on, and then adb kill-server command followed by adb shell command ran from the PC. Then a prompt will appear to authorize the RSA key for the connecting PC, and after that, SCRCPY will work.
  2. Built in Samba file server only supports SMB v1, which means Windows 10 owners are unable to access the AM6 Plus files over the LAN. However, the built-in Samba client supports upto and including v3 – so there is no issue for the AM6 Plus to read files from any Samba share on a local network.
  3. The IR remote that comes with the AM6 Plus is less than ideal. It’s very directional and keys are not sensitive.
  4. 8k video works somewhat, but I think software optimization can improve on it and give this box a much longer shelf life.
  5. Angry Birds 2 no-click-possible-for-next-level bug is present and accounted for.

 

AM6 Plus Root function


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AM6 Plus come with a built-in root function which works like a charm. All you need to do is go to the settings, locate it under Uggos settings section, and turn it on or off as needed. It will keep after reboot, till you decide to turn it off. The power and decision are all yours!

 

 

AM6 Plus Video Playback testing (Using KODI)


Resolution Video Format Local Playback Network (Wi-Fi) Playback
720p (1280*720) AVC (High@L4.1) Plays Okay Plays Okay
1080P (1920*1080) AVC (High@L4) Plays Okay Plays Okay
 2160P (3840*2160) HEVC (H.265) Plays Okay Plays Okay
4K (4096*2304) AVC (High@L5.1) Plays Okay Plays Okay
4K HDR HEVC Main 10@L5@High HDR10 Plays Okay Some buffering
4K TS HEVC HEVC (H.265) 10Bit Plays Okay Mixed experience

The box does perform well in day to day situations (most videos played are 1080p or standard 4k), however, it seems that network optimization needs some work as even with the good speedtest results, buffering of heavy video files was observed. Still, the playback results are quite good in general.

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AM6 Plus showed excellent picture quality, and also surprised with partial support for 8K video. This chipset does not officially support 8k, but with the new crop of 8k supporting AV receivers (for now, Denon already declared it) coming later this year, I have tested a few 8k video files. As can be seen in the above table, all of them actually played, with mixed results. For me it means that this box is capable of playing 8k, even though it would be limited up-to 30 frames per second. With some software optimization, it can even be a smooth experience.

 

AM6 Plus was also tested with HDR content as it becomes more and more common in today’s TV and projector sets. HDR contains more information and is definitely heavier than standard 4k content. As such I did notice a bit of buffering with it – when played over wireless LAN. Again, an issue that may be solvable with some updates.

 

AM6 Plus Network performance


I tested the network performance using the popular Speedtest.net application from the play store. I tested both WiFi (the fastest WiFi supported – in this case 5GHz 802.11ac), and wired connection (in my case AV1200 Ethernet over power line). My home connection is a symmetric 500 Mb Fiber connection so it would not limit the testing (but the Ethernet over power line connection does) – Ugoos AM6 Plus performed above average with high ranking results for 5GHz WiFi network, and much lower results with my powerline adapter wired connection:

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Speed Test – WiFi

 

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Speedtest Wired

 

 

AM6 Plus Gaming performance


Ugoos AM6 Plus performed smoothly as expected in the gaming tests. It’s graphic chip can handle most games without an issue. However, control may be an issue, unless you splurge for a game pad or other more gaming friendly remote.

Asphalt 8 Airborne – a 3d graphic intensive racing game. AM6 Plus Loads and runs it smoothly, Using the included standard IR remote I could steer, but could not use Nitro..

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Angry Birds 2 – a popular 2d action game. AM6 Plus run it smoothly and loaded the stages fast, but had this bug I noticed in other TV boxes, where at one point you could not click on an icon to continue to the next level and so you get stuck.

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Walking War Robots – an online robot warfare game that requires a game-pad (I don’t have a game-pad). AM6 Plus runs it well, as long as you have a gamepad or a air mouse. Otherwise, control is only partial and you cannot complete a battle.

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AM6 Plus Conclusions


Did I like it? Yes. It is not a perfect box, and the lack of v2/v3 samba server support is very disturbing, but it is a very stable, and a super fast TV Box.

Would I recommend it? Yes. It is a serious contender in the top android TV box market. Good quality build, lots of ventilation, a little pricey but you can see what you are paying for.

You like it! Where can you buy it? There are few options to buy the Ugoos AM6 Plus:

159 USD (before any coupon discount, currently at 10%): UGOOS AM6 PLUS Amlogic S922X-J 2.2GHz 4GB DDR4 32GB ROM Smart Android 9.0 TV Box 2.4G 5G WiFi 1000M Bluetooth 4K HD Media Player

Some cheaper options are out there, but this is the higher spec version with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built in storage.

Same price can be found here (no coupons available on page though): UGOOS AM6 Plus Amlogic S922XJ 4GB/32GB Android 9.0 4K TV BOX Wake Up on LAN with 2.4G+5G MIMO WIFI 1000M LAN Bluetooth 5.0 HDMI 2.1 USB 3.0 – Black

Other places I checked are: Amazon (no availability or price), eBay (significantly higher pricing), or other Chinese stores which either offer a higher price or different models such as the AM6 Pro.

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