Review | Ugoos UT8 Pro Rockchip RK3568 Android 11 TV Box

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UT8 Pro is the first (out of two) TV box I received from Ugoos to review in 2022.

I want to thank James from Ugoos for sending me this unit to review.

UT8 Pro is higher up on the “food chain” with better hardware specifications. For instance, 8GB of DDR4 (laptop version) RAM, as well as 64GB of storage. These are actually the highest specs I have worked with in an android TV box so far. It also supports HDMI 2.1 which allows for 8K video to be shown from the box to a (supporting) display. And last but not least, it supports all Wi-Fi standards up to and including Wi-Fi 6.

What’s in the Box?


UT8 Pro comes in a metallic shell. It is powder spray painted blue, and aside from that has the classic rectangular (even sides) shape we are all used to from most TV boxes on the market. It is, however, relatively heavy at about 300 grams.

 

UT8 Pro Looks


Here are the items that come in the box: UT8 Pro TV Box, Two antennas, Infrared remote control, HDMI 2.1 cable, a EU 5V power adapter, as well as a small user manual:

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UT8 Pro Specifications


Operation System Android 11.0
Language English, Chinese …Multi-Language support
CPU RK3568(Rockchip) CPU + 2.0G (64bit)
GPU ARM Mali-G52 2EE GPU
RAM LPDDR4 4GB  or 8GB for PRO version
Storage Capacity (Flash) 32GB (EMMC) or 64GB for PRO version
WIFI 2.4G/5G 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2T2R MIMO standard & WiFi 6
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 with LE technology
The Extended Storage TF Card, up to 32GB (SD2.X,SD3.X,SD4.X, eMMC ver5.0)
Power Supply DC 5V/3A
HDR Support
HDMI Output HDMI(2.1 and 2.0 ) to support maximum 4K@60fps output(HDCP2.2)
USB Port 2x USB 3.0 host ports, 1x USB 3.0 OTG port, 1x USB 2.0 port
Optical Output 1*SPDIF
Led Work Light Support
Network 1*RJ45 1000M (1000M Ethernet Integrated IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with RGMII
interface)
Power Supply 1*DC Jack
Audio Container MP3,AAC,WMA,RM,FLAC,OGG
Audio Out Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg
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
Video CODEC VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K@60fps H.265 HEVCMP-10@L5.1 up to 4K*2K@60fps
H.264 AVC HP@L5.1 up to4K*2K@60fps
H264 MVC up to1080P@60fps
MPEG-4 ASP@L5 up to 1080P@60fps (ISO-14496)
WMV/VC-1 5P/MP/AP up to 1080P@60fps
AVS-P16(AVS+)/AVS-P2 jiZhun Profile up to 1080P@60fps
MPEG-2 MP/HL up to 1080P@60fps(ISO-13818)
MPEG-1 MP/HL up to 1080P@60fps(ISO-11172)
Realvideo 8/9/10 up to 1080P
WebM up to VGA
Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support
MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixe resolution decoding(ISO/IEC-10918)
Supports JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects
Support *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg,*.mpeg,*.dat,*.avi,*.mov,*.iso,*.mp4,*.rm
and *.jpg file formats
Software Extension Support Google Play & APK install
DLNA, Miracast Protocol Support DLNA, Miracast Protocol
Remote Control BT remote with Voice+Gyro
IM Software Support Skype/QQ/MSN/GTALK (Depends on APK )
Office Software WORD/EXCEL/PDF(Depends on APK installed)
Other Parameters:
Operation Temperature 0~60℃
Storage Temperature -10~60℃
Humidity Environment 5%-90%(No condensation)
Certificate CE, FCC
Dimensions 117*117*18.5mm
Net Weight 300g
Gift Box Size 162*162*80mm

 

UT8 Pro Benchmarks and Testing


*All completed benchmarks have been repeated 3 times and results have been averaged to give a more accurate reading (aside for PCMark):

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. UT8 Pro performed quite well in the older version (6.3.5) and placed 4th.

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However, when comparing the latest 3 boxes on the newer version (9.2.6), UT8 Pro takes the crown.

 

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.

 

 

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).

 

PC Mark Benchmark


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UT8 Pro the new king of the hill! It won 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.

* However, after the latest firmware update (two runs were done before it), PCMark was unable to complete a full run.. so the results are only two runs averaged. FYI.

 

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). Among these 3 top boxes, UT8 Pro is not the top one. It may be due to the fact that the GPU is not even close to a match to these other Amlogic based boxes.

Here is also the result from the latest 3dmark test:

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UT8 Pro Extra Benchmarks


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

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UT8 Pro Bugs and Issues


  1. The most pressing issue (even after the latest firmware update to date – 1.0.2) is Kodi performance. Both Kodi 18.9 and Kodi 19.3 have the same issue: Video playback stops after 5-7 minutes and exits to Kodi. And kodi itself may crash to the desktop during library updates/scraping.
  2. Issues with copying/moving files around (from internal storage to MicroSD, or even inside internal storage) – may be related to the main issue which I suspect is due to the new android version. As in, permissions and stability.
  3. No Ugoos specific functions under settings.
  4. No SAMBA support at the moment (unless you install an independent application)
  5. 8K video playback seems broken after latest firmware update

 

UT8 Pro Root Function


The box comes with a built-in root function which works like a charm. All you need to do is go to the settings, locate it under Ugoos device preferences 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!

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UT8 Pro 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 *Plays Okay
4K TS HEVC HEVC (H.265) 10Bit *Plays Okay *Plays Okay

UT8 Pro showed excellent picture quality, and also surprised with some support for 8K video (only prior to the latest 1.0.2 firmware update). This chipset does not officially support 8k, but with the new crop of 8k supporting AV receivers (Denon, Marantz, Yamaha and others) That arrived last year, I have tested a few 8k video files. All of them actually played, but stopped doing so after the latest firmware update.

* Currently crashes/stops playback and return to Kodi after a few minutes of playback… tested with Kodi 19.3, 18.9 and variants of Kodi such as RKMC and WBMC.

But.. this box is still unstable. Whether it is because it overheat (which it does, upwards of 80c when benchmarking for instance), or because of the brand new Android 11 (yes, I know 12 is already out, but not for TV Boxes) – there are plenty of issues to be ironed out before I could say it’s a good product.

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UT8 Pro 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 network connection. My home connection is a symmetric 1GBit Fiber connection so it would not limit the testing  – UT8 Pro performed amazingly with wired connection, and about half that speed on the 5GHz wireless network (but still above and beyond any other TV box I’ve tested to date:

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Speedtest – Wired Connection

 

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Speedtest – WiFi 5GHz

 

UT8 Pro Gaming Performance


Ugoos UT8 Pro is a bit of a mixed bag in the gaming tests. It’s graphic chip can handle most games, but I noticed bugs in Angry birds 2, and lack of smoothness. Control may also be an issue, unless you splurge for a game pad or other more gaming friendly remote.

 

Asphalt 9 Legends – a 3d graphic intensive racing game. UT8 Pro Loads and runs it mostly smoothly, but control is not really possible using the standard remote. Only using a air-mouse with a keyboard allows play, or a gamepad.

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Angry Birds 2 – a popular 2d action game. UT8 Pro mostly runs it smoothly and loaded the stages fast, but had this bug where a residual pointing hand animated icon stays from one screen to the next and prevents you from continuing 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). UT8 Pro mostly 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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UT8 Pro Conclusions


Did I like it? Yes* But the asterisk is there for a big reason. The box have serious issues with Kodi playback. I was pleasantly surprised with it’s partial HD Audio support. After many Amlogic based boxes which do not support HD Audio formats properly (especially DTS-X and Multi-Channel AAC), the UT8 Pro supports DTS-X properly out of the box. However, It still decodes Multi-channel AAC to stereo, sadly.

Would I recommend it? Not at the moment as it cannot perform reliably its main function. But hopefully in the future after a round (or few) of firmware updates.

You like it anyways! Where can you buy it? It’s sold for about 140 USD here: AliExpress.com Product – Presale 8GB RAM 64GB 32GB ROM 2.4G 5G WiFi 6 1000M BT 4K Dolby Audio Rockchip RK3568 Android 11 TV Box UGOOS UT8 PRO

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