“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
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gamiee

Also, it will probably don’t have PCI interface

eFfeM
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eFfeM

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?

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

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radek

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

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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.

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Phil Beaman

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.

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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.