Beelink GT-King is the latest Android TV-Box model that we want to represent Presently in our review, in this device we discover the fresh Amlogic S922X Hexa core SoC that we have seen in detail in our recent comparison, a model that replaces the previous one Amlogic S912 Octa core. This TV-Box integrates a total of 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal storage, has a WiFi ac MiMo adapter, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet and running system operating Android 9 Pie in its classic version. Let’s look at in our review how this product behaves and the power of its hardware in comparison to its competition.
SoC: Amlogic S922X / 4x Cortex A-73 + 2x A53 @ 1.8GHz (64bit) / GPU Mali-G52 MP6
System: Android 9 Pie (32bit)
RAM and Storage: 4 GB DDR4 – 64 GB eMMC
Network: WiFi ac MiMo + Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6356S) – Ethernet Gigabit
Ports: HDMI 2.1 / SPDIF / USB 2.0 / 2x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset / Jack AV / Ethernet Gigabit
Extras: Control Flymouse + Microphone / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 12V 1.5A adapter
The TV-Box Beelink GT-King has a classic design in general lines with a closed black box, highlights for its skull on the top with eyes that light up in green (not very bright). In the front we have an IR receiver that is not visible (and don’t work with this remote), at the connector level we find two USB 3.0 ports, we Furthermore have HDMI 2.1 to 4K@75fps connector, another USB 2.0 rear, microSD reader, SPDIF, power connector, AV jack and a hole with the reset that we can press to enter flash mode.
Materials and measures: Plastic / 108 x 108 x 16 mm / 190 gr
Leds and display: Green/Red LED in the eyes of skull top / Can be chosen soon what color do you like.
Remote Control: Flymouse control with integrated microphone, basic but functional. We can choose other alternatives.
Voice control: As a series we have Google Search however it is possible to install Google Assistant to improve the results.
Alternate control: We can control remotely using the app Cetusplay / Don’t have its own remote control app.
SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE
We attach the Beelink GT-King to the current and start automatically, the logo of the brand shows and the upper eyes light up in green. We came at the launcher by default based on square, it has 2 customizable side sheets and an icon + wherever we can include our shortcuts on the base screen. A quite basic launcher built to be used with the provided remote control, this launcher will be updated soon with a new Beelink design. We could use the microphone of the Flymouse control to execute searches with Google Search however it is probable to install Google Assistant to update the results.
Launcher: Basic Launcher / YES we could swap launcher but only Pixel launcher works 100% / Android UI rendering at 1080p.
Multitasking and access: WITH on-screen access bars / Multitasking out there directly in 2x Home control.
Installed applications: Google play, Netflix, Update, AppInstaller, AppMarket; Bee Files, Bee Music, Galery, DLNA and Options.
Languages: All the international Android classics.
On/Off Controls: If we keep press the power button we have reset and power off setup / Configurable in settings.
We check the system data within the Android settings and through analysis software, we can look at the details of the system installed by default, in this case in Android 9 Pie in its classic version.
System version: Android 9 Pie (32 bit) / Kernel 4.9.113 / Build 2019-05-08 / Referencia G21B.
App store: Google Play with all the programs out there for the Android system.
Options and root: Android + Droid Options / The system IS root by default / NO menu to deactivate it in settings.
Support: Beelink has a website to contact / Firmware not yet / Custom firmware no still, / Full SDK available for devs (68GB)
Power and experience
At power level the Beelink GT-King because of to the installed hardware moves the system very simply, it is possible to run all Android programs without loss of functionality or slowness. At the power level, it has superior scores due to the new Amlogic S922X Hexa Core SoC with 4x ARM Cortex-A73 + 2x A-53 processors and Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. This new SoC is manufactured in 12nm maintains a low power utilization and temperatures at a great level due to its efficiency.
Consumption: Off 0.8W / Standby 3W / Basic use 5W / Maximum 7.7W
Thermals: Minimum 52degree C / Maximum 71degree C / Maintains experience up to 92% / Little heat zone on the top / Noise 0db
You could read our Comparison article for Amlogic S922X SoC with all its technical details
As we can see the result is twice better than Amlogic S912!
And the manufacturer promise to increase power with 10-30%!
Looking at the benchmarks we could look at how the Amlogic S922X SoC outperforms models such as the strong RK3399, in the over-all segment is below the strong Nvidia SoC that remains unbeatable after so a lot of years. A valid cpu to run games and emulators at high level with no a lot of problems.
Network, storage, RAM and ports
In the Beelink GT-King model we have integrated eMMC storage like internal storage, USB 3.0 ports and SD card reader. In the network section we have a Wifi ac MiMO 2.4/5GHz and Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6356S) and Ethernet Gigabit port. The performance of the Wifi CPU is Terrific and we come at accurate figures for this type of adapter.
Storage: Total 32GB – Free 23GB expandable with a USB storage stick / NTFS + exFAT compatible.
RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR4.
Network: Great speed in 5G with 2 wifi antennas / Range 28 dBm, proper. / Bluetooth operates OK.
Video playback test
Regarding the video playback section, the Beelink GT-King has the S922X SoC and an Advanced Video Engine Gen10 VPU compatible with most modern video formats such as h.265 and VP9. In this TV-Box we can use players like MXPlayer or install KODI from Google Play with no the slightest problem. We have been surprised by the HDMI-CEC function that behaves normally, although we already have idea that it is a system that depends on our peripherals.
Settings and HDMI-CEC: NO image top quality settings / RGB and SDR modes available / HDMI-CEC working
Automatic refresh rate replace: Not available, the settings exist however it does not work.
Media sharing: Chromecast NO / Miracast With no / DLNA with BlubblePnP / Airplay NO.
LibreELEC: This model is NOT compatible with LibreELEC.
We enjoy couple of multimedia playback tests with the Beelink GT-King and Look that it performs perfectly using the fresh Amlogic S922X SoC, which has video output support for HDMI 2.1 that theoretically allows maximum resolution up to 4K@75fps with HDR reports with support for Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, PRIME HDR and profiles REC709/BT2020.
Experience: HEVC with respectable functionality at 10 bit color or HDR / VP9 proper with P2, not compatible with 8K
We pass the classic tests on streaming services to see how the most well known services work. In this model does not have certificates for these services. The Beelink GT-King model presents the classic configuration with no certifications that limits us in good quality in number of streaming services, all the compatible services operates without problems.
DRM: Google Widevine L1 / HDCP 2.2.
After analyzing the TV-Box Beelink GT-King we can say that this is a Really interesting initial model with the new and strong Amlogic S922X Hexa Core SoC. A cpu that now is made up of as a novelty USB 3.0 connectors, a series of visual enhancements in video playback and a Really controlled utilization for the power that can be deployed. At the network level, the Wifi MiMo adapter with two internal antennas provides us pleasant figures and the Gigabit Ethernet port speed permits us to use network files without any bandwidth problems.
In the Beelink GT-King model we have Additionally integrated 4GB DDR4 RAM board, a point that allows us to load several programs from the internal memory, currently from the remote we could access this setup with a double click on the Home button. This TV-Box with Android 9 Pie behaves nicely like a video player, for example with KODI or for powerful games such like PUBG and all kinds of Android applications. The firmware to be a initial variant is stable and quite complete even though of course it has couple of facets that need improvement, sure Beelink will proper this like usual.
This TV-Box is stable and powerful, a perfectly valid model for users seeking power and the best price, the inclusion of a flymouse control with microphone by default is something that is appreciated.
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