Tronsmart Vega S95 4K Android TV Box Features an External SATA Port

Tronsmart is adding three new devices to the long list of Amlogic S905 TV boxes on the market with:

  • Vega S95 Pro – 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, AP6212 wireless module (2.4GHz WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Vega S95 Meta – 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, AP6330 wireless module (Dual band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Vega S95 Telos – 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, AP6335 wireless module (802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0), and SATA

All three models also include Gigabit Ethernet. The Pro and Meta models have a lot of competition, but Telos is quite unique so far, as it’s the first to include a SATA port.

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Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash by Samsung + SATA connector + SD card slot
  • Video
    • HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDMI CEC support
    • 4K HEVC Hardware Decoding, Up to 10bit, 4K @ 60 fps; 4K H.264 video playback up to 4K @ 30 fps
  • Audio
    • HDMI, optical S/PDIF;
    • DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, 7.1 audio pass-through via HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Ampak AP6335) with 5dB internal antenna
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  12V/2A
  • Dimensions & Weight –  N/A

The device will ship with an IR remote, an HDMI cable, a power adapter, a SATA cable, and a user’s manual in English. As with other S905 device, it runs Android 5.1, but also supports OTA firmware update, and Vidon Kodi is pre-installed for support for DTS-HD & Dolby TrueHD, pass-through, 3D MKV, 3D BDMV and 3D ISO playback, as well as BD-J menu navigation.

 

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Tronsmart Vega S95 Board (Click to Enlarge)

There’s no USB 3.0, nor PCIe interface on Amlogic S905 so SATA has probably been implemented with a USB 2.0 to SATA bridge, and performance should be equivalent to what you’d get with an external USB hard drive connected to a USB 2.0 port.

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos normally sells for $99.99 including shipping, but you can get a $10 discount for any Vega S95 model by leaving a comment on their promotion page. The two other models, Vega S95 Pro and Vega S95 Meta, sell for $59.99 and $79.99 respectively, before the $10 coupon is applied.

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I would be careful regarding what to expect when using a cheap USB2.0-to-SATA bridge. Depending on kernel support and bridge IC you can get close to 40MB/s or get not even half of that (had to realize that recently since I’m reviewing the new ‘Banana Pi M3’ with GL830 chip behind USB hub).http://linux-sunxi.org/USB/UAS vs. http://linux-sunxi.org/Banana_Pi_M3#SATA

tkaiser
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@cnxsoft
Do you know which bridge the Tronsmart Draco AW80 uses?

Since the Orange Pi Plus also uses GL830 is asked there whether someone can confirm these worse performance figures I got with the M3. So far no answers and another problem is that both H3 based Orange Pis and the BPi-M3 I’m currently testing rely on the same Allwinner 3.4.39 kernel.

tkaiser
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@cnxsoft
Hard to tell from this picture 🙂 The GL830 looks like this http://linux-sunxi.org/images/c/ca/BPi-M3-bottom.jpg and vendor/product ID are 0x05e3/0x0718. Regarding Banana Pi M3: I just did a test with an external JMicron JMS567 USB-to-SATA bridge and using the same SSD/ext4 I exceed now 35 MB/s. Therefore the GL830 has to be blamed for bad performance…

Francis Belanger
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Francis Belanger

Will this box suffer the same issues with Kodi as the k1-plus you reviewed ? If not it seams to be a damn fine device

dewettie
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dewettie

Just wonder if this box is going to be abandoned after 2 firmware updates just like Tronsmart’s R89 & R68 devices.
But specs and board quality look good.

eric
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dewettie :
Just wonder if this box is going to be abandoned after 2 firmware updates just like Tronsmart’s R89 & R68 devices.
But specs and board quality look good.

As far as i know, they still working on the new firmware for orion R68.

I trust amlogic platform, their sdk is much more steady compare with their competition, and i have played with this vega s95 for whole day, the total performance is really really really good. 🙂

Francis Belanger
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Francis Belanger

@cnxsoft
Thanks

Bart
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Bart

Will S905 actually pass-through DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD? I have yet to find the first Android TV box which actually does this. (Not looking for PCM bit streaming)

trentbg
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trentbg

@cnxsoft
Looking forward to your review1

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Javi
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Javi

Gabe :
Mx Plus has the same board:
http://des.gearbest.com/uploads/2015/201511/heditor/201511301440587662.jpg
http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_269239.html

It is Sunchip board, then, Tronsmart and MXQ Plus are using this board.

eric
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@cnxsoft

We have tested with vidon xbmc on vega s95, it can support hd audio passthrough via HDMI, it’s a nice feature. but rk3368 :((((

eric
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Bart :
Will S905 actually pass-through DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD? I have yet to find the first Android TV box which actually does this. (Not looking for PCM bit streaming)

Not all s905 SOC will support this. i also test with other s905 ,LIKE K1 PLUS, not working.

Tano
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Tano

Hi, differences with telos and meta; size of eMMC, ac wifi, SATA… if ac wifi and SATA will not be used, is it worth 16GB eMMC wrt 8 GB eMMC ?

dewettie
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dewettie

@eric
For RK3368, it will be best to test Rockchip Kodi.
It can also do HD Audio, 3D MVC & 23.976fps optimized video playback but not perfect.
Here is source code from Zidoo – https://github.com/zidootech/zidoo-kodi-15.2
If only Vidon could create one Kodi that can work on all platforms it would be so great.

Hope Geekbox based on RK3368 will further improve RK3368 especially Linux support.

Javi
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Javi

Bart :
Will S905 actually pass-through DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD? I have yet to find the first Android TV box which actually does this. (Not looking for PCM bit streaming)

Dolby TrueHD with KODI on my SPOT i7:

http://oi65.tinypic.com/24npooo.jpg

dommels
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dommels

what would be the best choice for hd audio support? S812, S905 or wait for upcoming S912. I’m very eager to get one of these boxes.. current specs seem real promising.

eric
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dommels :
what would be the best choice for hd audio support? S812, S905 or wait for upcoming S912. I’m very eager to get one of these boxes.. current specs seem real promising.

The S912 soc might be cancelled, and amlogic will have a new soc called s908 coming in Q3,2016. that’s what we have known.

Ron
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Ron

@eric
we’ll probably get the answer within a month – because all the announcements come at CES!

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Curmudgeon
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@cnxsoft
If S908 is not due til Q3,2016 maybe it will step up to Cortex A35?

Pete
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Pete

Very interesting player for the price, I found the coupon code: GRZYOXAC for those interested (always on geekbuying), I don’t know if it works in conjunction with the other one.

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[…] Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is an Android mini PC powered by Amlogic S905 quad core Cortex A53 processor, but contrary to the two other S905 device I previously reviewed, namely K1 Plus and MINI MX, it’s not been designed for the ultra low end, as it comes with 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC flash, 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and a SATA port. GeekBuying sent me one sample for review, and I’ll start with some pictures of the package, device, and board, before running it through a full test procedure. […]

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Pejoto
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Pejoto

They have added support por usb joysticks (at least for Xbox 360), and will add support for more models!!!

iMak
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iMak

Javi :

Bart :
Will S905 actually pass-through DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD? I have yet to find the first Android TV box which actually does this. (Not looking for PCM bit streaming)

Dolby TrueHD with KODI on my SPOT i7:
http://oi65.tinypic.com/24npooo.jpg

How is the picture quality and the black level while watch HD movies?

Bri Smith
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Bri Smith

Rooted?

Bri Smith
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Bri Smith

Wait a minute. I can run Linux on this Tronsmart Vega s95 telos? ?

Bri Smith
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Bri Smith

cnxsoft, thank you for your time. Final question for a friend that has just purchased the Tronsmart Vega telos s95. Is it possible to put OpenElec os on this box? Will OpenElec stream 4k content? Again thanks for all you do. Cheers!

Bri Smith
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Bri Smith

It’s an honor to talk with you. Absolutely love your work. Respect to cnx! ?✌

a fazul huq
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a fazul huq

whether remote control comes with mini key board along with telos model

Theguyuk
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Theguyuk

And how does it rate now we are in sept 2016, given there is more competition?

http://m.geekbuying.com/ItemDescription/359700

David
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David

I hope someone here can help. I have been trying hard to use my Telos box for months. It has tons of problems in the firmware – but I think the hardware is basically ok. I have worked around some of the problems by using firmware for the Ugoos AM1 although this does not support the built-in SATA connector. I have also tried firmware from the Minix U1 in addition to stock. However, under all of these, I find that apps and their entire process trees are being killed as soon at they leave the foreground. An easy test to see this is to use the Terminal Emulator app. Open it, perform an “ls -l /”, then press the home button. In all cases I immediately see the app’s icon in the notification bar disappear. Plus if I reopen the app via recent tasks or the home screen icon, the results of the ls command are gone. This is not a low-memory situation. I have fiddled with all of the low memory killer parameters and apps. NOTHING CHANGES THIS. I have never seen this behavior on my old Neo X5 or any of the many phones I have had. It seems maybe an AMLogic issue. Do others see this? Do anyone know how to fix this? Or should I just hit this with a hammer and buy another, non-AML box? Thanks

Beto
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Beto

@David
My Telos behaves exactly like yours, pressing the home button kills the app, but pressing the app switcher button first and then home did not kill the apps

Also I’m unable to read Usb drives nor SD cards

The hammer thing starts to sound good to me

Deni Saputro
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