A95X Plus TV Box Features Amlogic S905Y2 Processor

Amlogic showcased three reference platforms based on new processors namely S905Y2, S905X2, and S922X at ICB 2018. Let’s forget about the more powerful S922X processor for now since it should be released a bit latter, but S905Y2 was integrated into a HDMI stick reference design, while S905X2 was found in a TV box reference design.

We’ve also covered an Amlogic S905X2 TV box with X96 MAX model, but today I came across a model based on Amlogic S905Y2 processor instead. Meet A95X Plus.Amlogic S905Y2 TV BoxA95X Plus TV box specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905Y2 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.8 GHz (TBC) with Mali-G31 MP2 “Dvalin” GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 32GB flash, micro SD card slot (but not visible on any of the photos)
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a output with HDR, AV port (composite)
  • Video Codecs –  VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K 60fps, 10-bit H.265 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..
  • Connectivity – Dual band WiFi AC (aka WiFi 5), and Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – TBD, but certainly not “as thin as an iPhone XS” as mentioned in marketing materials…

A95X Plus The box runs Android 8.1, and ships with a remote control, a power supply, a HDMI cable, and a user manual.

All-in-all it looks very similar as the Amlogic S905X2 TV box (X96 Max), except Ethernet is missing, and I believe that’s because Ethernet is missing from the processor itself for cost savings. S905Y2 advertised maximum frequency is 1.8 GHz instead of the 2.0 GHz advertised for S905X2. Note the advertised frequency does not always reflect reality, so those numbers are only provided for reference until people really start getting hardware to play with. Amlogic S905Y2 dongle reference design only support USB 2.0, so I’m a bit surprised to see a USB 3.0 connector in this device. So either Amlogic strangely decided not to include USB 3.0 in their board despite S905Y2 supporting it, or the blue “USB 3.0” port in A95X Plus is just for show…

If you don’t need Ethernet for your video streaming needs, A95X Plus is somewhat better deal since it is sold for about $50 shipped with 4GB RAM/32GB flash, against $56.87 for X96 Max (S905X2) in the same memory / storage configuration.

Via AndroidPC.es

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theguyuk
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Only from the photos I have seen, they seem to imply you plug a USB network card for network cable into the blue USB port marked number 1 . If you want Ethernet.
You can see it better on the photos on Aliexpress.com

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> System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4

On the Aliexpress page there’s written ‘Memory: 4G DDR3’ and next to it ‘Capacity: LPDDR4’

> Power Supply – 5V/2A

On the same Aliexpress page at the bottom there’s written ‘4.0mm DC [email protected]’.

This thing is 50 bucks shipped claiming to have 4 GB DRAM (everyone talking about 10$ per GB RAM today?), 32 GB eMMC, 2T2R 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi and a new 1.8 GHz A53 SoC with USB3. What’s not fake? Who’s the target audience? Morons?

nobe
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nobe

according to dramexchange website, 1GB RAM cost around 7.2$ (session avg for DDR4 8Gb)
and some analysts expect its price to drop significantly in 2019

that could be good news for us (if development boards prices drop accordingly…)

tkaiser
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tkaiser

> 1GB RAM cost around 7.2$ (session avg for DDR4 8Gb)

But the problem is: the above mentioned TV box does not use DDR4 RAM but DDR3/LPDDR4 instead. 😉

All I wanted to say is that this Aliexpress page is such an insane BS collection that I don’t think it’s a smart idea to try to derive specs for yet unknown SoCs like this S905Y2 from there.

Redneckerz
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For some parts, yeah. Ofcourse the whole mem config differences is rather confusing but if its near 50-60 bucks, even with DDR3, that’s still a potent thing.

I can actually see it happening that with the new GPU they also move to LPDDR4/DDR4 more. DDR3 is so overused, its time for a change. And, if they can hit those prices, it bodes well for overall performance. 🙂

Redneckerz
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Redneckerz

The ”brand” here is Wechip. On the Spanish one, it also shows up as Runsnail (Yes, really).
This and X96 Max are just ”generic” models that tons of OEM’s use. In this case its just a matter which ”rebrander” is doing these first. In this case Wechip, which, like Vontar, sells a ton of different TV boxes, just copy pasted from the original brand.

It sure is China. Still, great specs if true though. Even the mem is indeed DDR3, for 50 quid these things are more expensive than the SoC’s they replace, but gaming wise they are a lot more important. Modern GPU arch, enough RAM to work with… Finally low end boxes can run those titles that require more than the usual 2 GB RAM system specs on most Android games.

Ivan
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Ivan

US $58.39
i see only such price

Theguyuk
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Theguyuk

I wonder what the s922, s922D and s922X I have seen mentioned on internet, will bring.

Peter
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Peter

Does what any other previous generation of TV boxes do. Most specs are not even impro ements. These devices are now frankly boring.

TLS
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TLS

So support for 4K60p video with HDR is not an improvement? A modern GPU is not an improvement? Support for more than 2GB of RAM and support for DDR4 is not an improvement? I don’t know what you want then…

theguyuk
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They do keep mixing lpddr4 and ddr3 on the Aliexpress page though. A wait till trusted reviews for me.

blu
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Unless some severe sw issues creep up, these are some good value-for-money tv boxes, and the credit goes to Amlogic.