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Beelink GT1 MINI 2 Amlogic S95X3 Review
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Beelink GT1 MINI 2 Amlogic S95X3 Review

Beelink GT1 MINI was launched in October 2018 with Amlogic S905X2 SoC, and currently we have a successor – GT1 MINI 2! It packs the most recent Amlogic S905X3 SoC in the exact same minimilistic, modest form. Beelink were so king to send us a sample for test, so lets see what we’ve got.

UNBOXING GT1 MINI 2

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In the box we have:
– Beelink GT1 Mini 2 TV Box;
– Voice gester remote;
– Power deliver;
– HDMI cable;
– User Manual and satisfy card;

Beelink GT1 Mini 2 preliminary specs:

SoC – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 cpu @ 1.9 GHz with Arm Mali-G31MP2 GPU
System Memory – 4GB DDR4 RAM
Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, Micro SD tray
Video & Audio Output
HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2, 3D, ALLM (Auto small latency mode) support
3.5mm AV jack for composite video (480i/576i) and stereo audio
Video Playback
10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K @ 60fps, AVS2-P2 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264/AVC up to 4K @ 30fps, H.264 MVC up to 1080p60, MPEG-4 ASP up to 1080p60 (ISO-14496), etc..
HDR – Dolby Vision optional, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, and PRIME HDR processing
Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.0
USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
Misc – Digital LED screen on front display, upgrade pinhole
Power Deliver – 5V/2A
Dimensions – 77 x 77 x 17mm
Weight – 125 grams

The box itself is made from the exact plastic like it’s larger brother – Beelink GT King S922x that we already reviewed.

GT King vs GT mini

On the top is the Beelink logo. On the bottom we have compact holes for heat dissipation. And the single hole is probably reset button.

GT mini 2 S905X3 box upGT mini 2 S905X3 box back

On the left side we have nothing however on the straight we see SD card slot up to 64GB and 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0.

Gt Mini 2 S905x3 Box Backside
gt mini 2 s905x3 box backside

On the back panel we could find AV Output, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.1 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2 and power provide input.

GT mini 2 S905X3 box backside

The remote that arrives by default is Really simple and serves to perform the basic functions.

GT mini 2 S905X3 box remote

We may use the microphone button, Google search with Voice Search is launched with what we can search the web for content. Furthermore if we install Google Assistant from Google Play we can launch installed programs like Youtube or Netflix, works fine in all the languages. From the command we can not access the multitasking feature, a pity, probably Beelink improved update it in the future.

So, let’s open the box and see what is inside.

GT mini 2 S905X3 box opening

It’s pretty easy to open it. Just use some thin tool like guitar pic and gently open the bootom lid.
To remove the motherboard un-screw the three screws.

GT mini 2 S905X3 box opened

After that we can pull out the PCB.

The main chips we need to know are:

RAM
Samsung DDR4 – 1GB x4
SEC 822
K4A8G08
5WC BCRC

RAM

eMMC
ISOCOM
MEMA064G

ISOCOM eMMC 64GB

WiFi module
AMPAK
AP6255
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac + BluetoothV4.2

AP6255 WiFi

SoC
Amlogic S95X5
4x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 1.91 GHz

AMLOGIC 95x3
S905X3-Block-Diagram

ANDROID SYSTEM

NOTE! Before we review the system we need to mention that there is a bug in the firmware! The to of the SoC cores dont run!
Beelink will fix this in next OTA update so stay tuned!

To turn on the Beelink GT1 MINI 2 we need just plugging it into the dc adapter, it starts up and the front white LED lighting up. After a discrete input animation we come at the default launcher which we might customize the sidebar with shortcuts or two additional screens on each side. We have only a handful of programs installed by default, something that is appreciated.

GT mini 2 about

In this TV-Box we discover Android 9.0 and the system runs very fluid and quick between the programs due to the S905X3 SoC, the 4GB Samsung DDR4 RAM and the superb internal storage 64GB what is especially fast.

RAM usage

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HARDWARE TESTS

We did our common memory tests and internal memory in the Beelink GT1 MINI 2 using the A1 SD bench app.

read write test

As we may watch at in the tests, the internal storage speed is Very quick, which makes the system prove extremely fluid.

GT1 Mini 2 coping files USB 3.0.

We In addition have like a novelty with a USB 3.0 port that allows us Plenty higher reading speeds than the classic USB 2.0 even though the writing does not reach the maximum of this type of ports.

WIFI and Bluetooth

We did streaming test using measurement tool from iPerf to look at the how AP6255 WiFi works.
The result was almost at top speed for this adapter.
The penetrate signal is also OK At a distance of 5 meters with a wall we have a signal of 34 dBm, which is pretty good!

Antutu test:

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Not a bad result when 2 of 4 cores not working, right? 🙂

GeekBench 4 test:

GT1 Mini 2 Geekbench score
GT1 Mini 2 GeekbenchGT1 Mini 2 Geekbench core problem

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

the Beelink GT1 MINI 2 behaves perfectly using the S905X3 SoC, a product that supports HDMI 2.1 video output that theoretically enables maximum resolution up to 4K@75fps with HDR information. We Additionally have a AV jack for old stereo or TV audio.

GT1 Mini 2 supported resolution.

Video playback test

We passed our video playback tests on the Beelink GT1 MINI 2, and the TV Box that integrates the S905X3 SoC and a VPU compatible with most modern video formats.
We may use any players as MX Player or install KODI from Google Play.

We tried H.264 and H.265 and all was good.

For 4K test we used 100mbit samples.
The video operates on soft even if we skip parts back and forward.

Audio playback test

We play tests in the Beelink GT1 MINI using a Pioneer VSX D512 receiver we check that they supports DD and DTS pass through sound.

Audio test achievements

audio tests

Conclusion

The new model Beelink GT1 MINI 2 with Soc Amlogic S905X3 offers us a product with interesting parts.
With the integration of the fresh Amlogic S905X3 SoC and Android 9.0 this model presently is made up of USB 3.0, visual enhancements in video playback and great consumption that offer us a Very little temperatures.
The overall performance of the Wifi AC adapter with good-looking coverage nevertheless of the internal antenna and the Gigabit Ethernet port speed allow us to use them like a network player with no problems.
The typical provided remote control works effectively with Google Assistant even though if it was a flymouse or Bluetooth it would be improved.

Stay in touch for thermal mod 😉

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