T96G 4G LTE TV Box Sells for under $80

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We’ve already covered several 4G LTE TV boxes in the past, but none of those were easy to buy since the manufacturers would mostly sell to distributors and resellers, and there was no way to easily purchase the device online.

But this morning, I found out Geniatech started to sell their ATV329A model online for $129 on their own website, so I decided to look for it on Aliexpress, and instead I found out T96G 4G LTE TV box was selling for just under $80.

T96G 4G LTE TV box

T96G specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905W quad core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz  with penta-core Arm Mali-450 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC  flash, microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR support, AV port for composite video
  • Video Decoding – 10-bit H.265, H.264 up to 4K @ 30 fps
  • Audio – HDMI digital audio output, stereo audio via AV port, optical S/PDIF
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • Frequencies
      • 4G FDD LTE – B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28
      • 4G TDD-LTE – B38/B39/B40/B41/
      • 3G WCDMA – B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19
      • 3G TD-SCDMA – B34/B39
      • 3G CDMA2000 – BC0
      • 2G GSM – 1X/EVDO,900/1800,B2/B3/B5/B8
    • Data Throughput:
      • LTE – 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
      • WCDMA – 42 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL
      • TD-SCDMA – 4.2 Mbps DL, 2.2 Mbps UL
    • Max Transmitter Power:
      • LTE – Power Class 3 (23dBm±2dB)
      • WCDMA – Power Class 3 (23dBm±2dB)
      • CDMA – Power Class 3 (24dBm±1dBm)
    • Standard 6-pin SIM card interface
    • 4G external Antenna
  • Networking and Wireless Connectivity
    • 10/100M Ethernet
    • Bluetooth 4.1
    • Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports including one OTG port
  • Misc – 4x LEDs for power, WiFi, and 4G LTE; power button; IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A

T96G TV Box Ports
The TV box runs Android 7.1 operating system, and ships with a power adapter, an HDMI cable, an A/V cable, a remote control, and a user manual.

4G LTE adds significantly to the price, as this type of box with Amlogic S905W, 2GB RAM, and 8GB flash typically sells for under $30.In theory, a cheaper way to implement the feature would be to purchase an inexpensive 4G USB dongle, but it’s not quite as neat, and more importantly may not be supported by the Android firmware by default.

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If it really supports all the mentioned bands that beats all other 4G dongles I’ve seen so far. Do you happen to have any info if the modern is Android only or its also usable under Linux?