“New” Allwinner H603 Processor Shows Up in X96H Low-cost TV Box

A little while ago, we started to see Rockchip RK3318 TV boxes that appeared to have the same specifications as Rockchip RK3328 based devices. We later learned RK3318 was a cost-down version of RK3328 but failed to get any details about the lower-cost as we were informed Rockchip did not really want to advertise the cheaper model.

It appears Allwinner may have done something similar with Allwinner H6 processor, as we’ve started to see an Allwinner H603 processor shows up in X96H TV box on Aliexpress and GearBest with price starting at around $26.99 shipped in 2GB RAM + 16GB storage configuration, and going up to $40.99 with 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, and dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity.

Allwinner H603 TV BoxX96H TV box specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H603 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz with Arm Mali-T720 GPU
  • System Memory / Storage Configurations
    • 2GB DDR3 + 16GB eMMC flash + microSD slot
    • 4GB DDR3 + 32GB eMMC flash + microSD slot
    • 4GB DDR3 + 64GB eMMC flash + microSD slot
  • Video
    • Output – 1x HDMI 2.0a port with HDR support, 1x 3.5mm AV port (composite video)
    • Input – 1x HDMI 1.4
    • Decode – H.265 up to 4Kp60 or 6Kp30, VP9 up to 4Kp30, H.264 up to 4Kp60
  • Audio – Optical S/PDIF, stereo audio via AV port, digital audio via HDMI
  • Connectivity
    • 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
    • 2GB RAM variant- 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4
    • 4GB RAM variants – Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFI 5 2×2 MIMO + Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 type-A port, 2x USB 2.0 type-A ports including one OTG port
  • Misc – Power Button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 135 x 90 x 23 mm

H96X TV Box

The TV box runs Android 9.0, and ships with a basic remote control, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a user manual by default. H96X TV box also supports voice remote controls, and G20 voice remote control is an option on Aliexpress. One the cost-savings is reducing the frequeny to 1.5 GHz (instead of 1.8 GHz for H6), and I suspect another one may be the lack of Gigabit Ethernet support, but we’ll have to wait to find out.

Thanks to Gerwin for the tip, and additional info from AndroidPC.es

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gamiee
gamiee
1 year ago

Also, it will probably don’t have PCI interface

eFfeM
eFfeM
1 year ago

As it has HDMI input would it be possible to use this as a HDMI recorder (is there an app for this?)
Otherwise what would be the use of the HDMI input?

ericL
ericL
11 months ago

That’s what it supposed to do. I just got one but can’t find any app to work on HDMI-in port yet.

tkaiser
tkaiser
1 year ago

Allwinner H6 runs already at 1.8GHz and that’s real clockspeeds: http://ix.io/1jEr

The usual tools on Android that pretend to inform about clockspeeds do not report clockspeeds but cpufreq OPP instead.

flow
flow
10 months ago

@tkaiser im very impressed what you are doing for the Armbian Community.

Is there a way to install armbian on the X96H?

Best

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 year ago

From tl-lim on #linux-sunxi:
“H603 is just cheaper version of H6, and I don’t thinks it has RGMII output for GbE and CPU runs slower.”

Looks like this board was spec’ed with a 100Mb/s ethernet not GigE, so that might just be right–they usually are.

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 year ago

Yes, that is what I also think is most likely. And seconded on TL Lim being authoritative.

ricklar
ricklar
1 year ago

The H6 is built and rated for 1.8 Ghz operation and 64bit architecture, but in all the budget Android tv boxes it has been release in over the last 2 years the programmers are building the android kernel in a armv8l architecture which is arm 64bit chip made to run in 32bit mode and with it’s CPU set to run at 1.5 Ghz not the advertised 1.8 Ghz that it is capable of, my guess is that is all due to the heat issues + CPU throttling and no budget is allocated from these cheap manufacturers to pay programmers to… Read more »

radek
radek
1 year ago

H6 dont support 4GB because of 32 bit MMCU. I think this has it. And support 64BIT 4GB RAM

Hugh Mayle
1 year ago

My TX6 reported less than 50% memory available right out of the box.

theguyuk
theguyuk
1 year ago

This could be a rerun of the old Rockchip customer scandal.
Way back in 3066 days Rockchip released their next new chip but there was two versions, one slower than the first. Box makers sold TV boxes as the faster chip but used the slower chip.
That and Rockchip GPU glitch which came after, killed Rockchips TV box sales at that time.

theguyuk
theguyuk
1 year ago

Yes

Phil Beaman
1 year ago

I’m surprised that Allwinner are still in the TV box game as Amlogic and Rockchip have had things to themselves for a while now.

Allwinner seem even less engaged than the others with regards to the open source community and until they get this the their boxes will be largely ignored.

SmP
SmP
1 year ago

If this H603 is a cheeper H6 why pay 40$ for it?
You can get “4GRAM,32/64 storage,dual Wi-Fi,etc” H6 boxes for a similar or even lower price.

BTW.The 28nm(“ancient” stuff) H6 has serious overheating/throttling issues(with passive cooling,off course).Not sure lowering the frequency is the best remedy for that.

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