Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Impressions

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The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos (which is just a bit of a mouthful) is electronics manufacturer Tronsmart’s latest Android TV box powers by the increasingly popular Amlogic S905 processor.

I want to say thanks to GeekBuying for providing a sample to review. Use coupon “HTLS95” to get US$12 off the Telos from GeekBuying.

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Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Amlogic S905
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A5 at 1.5GHz
  • GPU
    Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Operating System
    Android Lollipop 5.1.1
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB eMMC 5.0
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
    Power button
  • Power
    DC 12V/2A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0, SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    3 x USB 2.0
    1x micro USB OTG
    SATA Port

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5.0GHz)
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

What’s in the Box?

Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos unit
  • 1x IR Remote
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x SATA cable
  • 1x Instruction Manual

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Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Impressions

The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is a typical looking Android box. Following the designs of Tronsmart’s other boxes, their new device is a minimalist black slab with a matte finish that helps minimize fingerprints.

There’s ports on every side except the front. The left side features 2 fullsize USB ports and an SD card slot.

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The rear of the device (from left to right) has DC In, optical audio, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI out and another fullsize USB port.Tronsmart-Vega-S95-Telos-Rear

Lastly, the Telos’ unique SATA port dominates the left side.

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Booting up the device is done by plugging it in, as there’s no power button. A cold boot into Android takes around 29 seconds whilst resuming from standby is instant.

Tronsmart have opted for a colorful MediaBox-style launcher. It’s a little bright for my tastes but works well on a big screen. It breaks up apps into folders such as Video and Games, though you’ll still have to organise them yourself.

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The Amlogic S905 seems to handle Android 5.1 well. I didn’t see experience any hitches or lag during my brief testing. The unit isn’t rooted out of the box, but methods to root it are already available.

There’s a couple of pre-installed apps such as a DLNA player, ES File Explorer and Netflix, in addition to OTA update functionality. When I checked, there was already an update available which had a small bugfix. The updating process was pretty painless, with the box automatically installing and rebooting the box when the update was done.

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The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos comes pre-installed with VidOn XBMC which I haven’t heard much of since I reviewed the VidOn box. VidOn states that their fork is capable of HD audio Passthrough and BD-J menus for Bluray ISOs in addition to media playback which is a pretty massive plus for media lovers. That’s only if you’re a VidOn Pro subscriber. However, the Tronsmart Vega S95 series comes with a lifetime Pro licence (well, until 2035) so you’re covered for a while. You’ll just need to create a VidOn account and log in via VidOn XBMC to activate it.

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Wifi performance was tested by streaming from an NFS share in VidOn XBMC. Performance seemed to be excellent. I was able to stream both 4K and 1080p H.264 videos without any noticable buffering.

In terms of gaming, the Amlogic S905’s penta-core GPU does a good job. Jetpack Joyride was silky smooth and Beach Buggy Racing seemed to play well at 1080p on maximum settings too.

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A quick benchmarking with Antutu and 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme achieved scores of 36211 and 4299 respectively.

Verdict So Far

So far, the Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos seems to be a solid unit in my brief testing. The UI is TV-friendly, streaming performance felt good, and having a lifetime VidOn Pro licence is a great addition. The Telos is definitely a unit to keep an eye on.

Keep posted for my full review in the coming days.

Getting One

The Tronsmart Vega S95 is available from GeekBuying starting from $59.99 for the Pro model up to $99.99 for the higher-spec Telos. Use coupon “HTLS95” to save US$12 off the Telos model at GeekBuying.

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Alternatively, it’s also available from Amazon.

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