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Sunvell T95P Android TV Box Fits Inside The Plug

Another day, another Sunvell Android TV box. The Sunvell T95P is a new Android TV box powered by the quadcore Amlogic S905X that features a pretty unique form factor.

The Sunvell T95P is actually so compact that it actually is mounted directly to the plug. We’ve seen this done before with the original Xiaomi Mi Box but these are few and far between.

The specs are pretty standard for Amlogic S905X devices. You’ll get 8GB of eMMC storage, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 2.4GHz b/g/n wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. Ethernet doesn’t make an appearance, presumably due to keep everything compact.

There’s not much info around the software side. However, expect the launcher that’s shipped with other recent Sunvell units. The listing also mentions that Kodi 16.1 will come pre-installed.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95P Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter, and a user manual.

Where to Buy the Sunvell T95P

The Sunvell T95P is available from GearBest for under $50 at the time of writing.

Check Price at GearBest

Sunvell T95K Pro is another Unique-Looking Amlogic S912 Android TV Box

Sunvell have been releasing a huge number of Amlogic S912 devices with very similar specs and the new Sunvell T95K Pro Android TV box is no different.

The company has been on a roll with the design of their recent devices, with each offering pretty distinctive designs. The T95K Pro is no different, with a colourful geometric design that reminds me of a Rubiks Cube.

It’s powered by the octacore Amlogic S912 and features 16GB of eMMC storage, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, dual band wifi, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Over-the-Air firmware updates are supported and Kodi 17.0 will come pre-installed. There’s no info on the launcher but I’d expect it to be similar to the one seen in my Sunvell T95Z Plus review.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95K Pro Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter, and a user manual.

Where to Buy the Sunvell T95K Pro

The Sunvell T95K Pro is available from GearBest for under $70 at the time of writing.

Use coupon “GBT95KP” to get it for $58.99.

Sunvell T95K Pro Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    AMLogic S912
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Operating System
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB eMMC
    SD Card Slot (up to 64GB)
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
    LED Screen
  • Power
    5V/2A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
    Composite
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
    SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    2 x USB 2.0
    SD Card Slot

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Dual Band Wireless
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    130x130x30mm
  • Weight
    250g

Sunvell T95Z Plus Android TV Box Review

The Sunvell T95Z Plus is a new Android TV box from the company.  Sporting the powerful Amlogic S912 and a unique design, is it any good? Keep reading my Sunvell T95Z Plus review to find out.

I want to say thanks to GearBest for sending me a sample to review. Check out the Sunvell T95Z Plus over at their store below.

Check Price at GearBest

In This Review

Sunvell T95Z Plus Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    AMLogic S912
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Operating System
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB eMMC
    SD Card Slot (up to 64GB)
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
    LED Screen
  • Power
    5V/2A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
    Composite
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
    SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    2 x USB 2.0
    SD Card Slot

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Dual Band Wireless AC
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

    What’s in the Box?

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    Inside the box, you’ll get:

    • Sunvell T95Z Plus Android TV Box
    • Power Adapter
    • IR Remote
    • HDMI Cable
    • English User Manual

    Sunvell T95Z Plus Review: Hardware

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    The Sunvell T95Z Plus is a striking looking unit. With its hexagonal shell and interesting geometric detail, it definitely stands out in a good way. 

    There’s a multicolored LED strip that lights up in either green, blue or light blue. It also doubles as a status light. I love how it looks but I can also see it being distracting in a dark environment so thankfully you can turn it off via a dedicated button on the included remote control. 

    The front of the unit is relatively bare,  featuring a large LED display which displays the time and status indicators for things like wifi and Ethernet connectivity.

    Ports are located towards the back of the unit. Going from left to right, we have, a USB 2.0 port, Ethernet, optical audio output, DC In, HDMI out, composite out, another USB 2.0 port and a micro SD card slot. 

    I’m glad Sunvell opted to keep the HDMI and Power ports at the back of the unit. Given that these are always connected, it helps keep things neater.

    sunvell-t95z-plus-review-back

    That said, I don’t like the fact that Sunvell, like most TV box manufacturers, haven’t included any front USB ports. Trying to reach rear USB ports when your media player is in an AV cabinet is just awkward.

    The included IR remote surprised me, being much better quality than most of the included IR remotes. There’s a full suite of Android functions and a mouse mode, in addition to dedicated buttons for the status LED and Kodi. The buttons are nice and quiet too.

    sunvell-t95z-plus-review-remote

    That said, I recommend picking up an Air mouse for the best experience. You can check out my Best Air Mouse guide for some suggestions.

    Sunvell T95Z Plus Review: Software

    The Sunvell T95Z Plus automatically powers up when plugged in. A cold boot takes around 30 seconds with a wireless keyboard and mouse connected.

    Sunvell’s launcher is modern and colorful, featuring brightly colored tiles for the launchers various shortcuts and folders.

    sunvell-t95z-plus-review-launcher

    Aside from dedicated buttons for apps like Kodi, there’s also a customisable row of shortcuts along the bottom and folders for Music and Video apps that you can fill.

    There’s quite a few pre-installed apps such as FilmOn, Facebook and Netflix in addition to Kodi 16.1.

    Kodi has been pre-loaded with a number of add-ons but there’s also a dedicated app for installing and updating add-ons for you which is a nice touch.

    There seems to be Over-the-Air (OTA) update support. However, there wasn’t an update at the time of writing so I wasn’t able to test it out.

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    The Amlogic S912 handles Android 6.0 well. Navigating through the UI and launching apps feels snappy.

    Sunvell T95Z Plus Review: Media Playback

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    Video playback was tested using Kodi 16.1 from Google Play. Please note that I did need to disable amcodec in Kodi’s Acceleration menu to get some videos to play.

    CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 16.1)
    1080p 3D SBS H.264
    1080p 3D ABL H.264
    1080p24 H.264
    1080p High Bitrate H.264
    1080p60 H.264
    720p50 H.264
    1080i25 H.264
    4K 30FPS H.264
    4K 60FPS H.264Unwatchable – Skipped Frames
    1080p24 HEVC
    4K 30FPS 8-bit HEVC
    4K 30FPS 10-bit HEVC
    1080p VP8Unwatchable – Skipped Frames
    720p Hi10p
    1080p Hi10pUnwatchable – Skipped Frames
    1080p MPEG2
    1080p VC1
    Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)

    Media playback on the Sunvell T95Z Plus was fairly good. The most common codecs played back without any issues. More demanding codecs, such as 4K 60fps H.264 and 1080p Hi10p samples tripped the box up like most other devices.

    Automatic framerate switching is not supported which is disappointing but frustratingly common amongst Android TV boxes.

    Wireless 4K streaming from an NFS share on my server worked well. I didn’t have any buffering which is great.

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    5.1 Audio Passthrough

    Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough via HDMI worked via Kodi 16.1. However, there were small audio glitches every 5-10 seconds making it pretty unpleasant to listen to. I’m hoping this can be fixed via a firmware update.

    Netflix

    Netflix works as you’d expect. However, as a non-Netflix-certified device, you can only stream in SD quality. This is typical for most Android TV boxes.

    External Storage Support

    Playing back movies from my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD and USB flash drive worked perfectly.

    Sunvell T95Z Plus Review: Gaming Performance

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    To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games, 1 2D and 1 3D title:

    sunvell-t95z-plus-review-jetpack-joyride

    Thanks to the Amlogic S912’s powerful Mali-T820 GPU,  gaming performance on the Sunvell is excellent. Whether playing Jetpack Joyride or the more demanding Beach Buggy Racing on maximum settings,  the Sunvell T95Z Plus handled it well.  I did have the occasional bit of slowdown when there was a lot of action on screen during a few races but it was always playable.

    Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

    My GameSir G4S (read my review) paired up done via via Bluetooth and worked perfectly with Beach Buggy Racing.

    Sunvell T95Z Plus Review: Benchmarks

    BenchmarkScore
    Antutu 6.2.135887
    3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited9406
    3DMark Ice Storm Extreme5754
    3DMark Slingshot379
    GeekBench 4.0.1 Single Core542
    GeekBench 4.0.1 Multi Core2151

    Verdict

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    The Sunvell T95Z Plus is a decent Amlogic S912 Android TV box. It offers an eye-catching design, great IR remote and user friendly interface and handles basic media playback and mid-level gaming well. However, issues with audio passthrough (which will hopefully be fixed via a firmware update) and no automatic framerate switching in Kodi (annoyingly like most Android TV boxes) will make it unappealing to home theatre enthusiasts.

    Pros

    • Good gaming and media playback support
    • Feature-packed remote
    • Attractive design

    Cons

    • Netflix limited to 480p
    • No Automatic Framerate Switching in Kodi
    • Audio Glitches when using Dolby Digital 5.1 Passthrough

    Getting One

    The Sunvell T95Z Plus is available from GearBest. Use code “ST95ZP” to get it for $57.99 for a limited time.

    Check Price at GearBest

    Alternatively, it’s available from the following stores:

    Sunvell T95U Pro Android TV Box Features Amlogic S912 and LED Display

    The Sunvell T95U Pro is yet another Sunvell Android TV box powered by the octacore Amlogic S912 and an LED display, much like the Sunvell T95Z Plus.

    Specs appear to be the same as the other S912-powered Sunvell boxes I’ve written about recently. The Sunvell T95U Pro features 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, dual band b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

    There’s also a small LED display at the front of the unit which will presumably display the time and other status indicators.

    Once again, design seems to be the main difference as far as I can tell. For the T95U Pro, Sunvell have opted for an interesting curved design that lifts the box up. This should be a plus for cooling, allowing air to flow above and below the case.

    It seems that it’s only available in red and I’m hearing rumors that the case is metal.

    Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95U Pro Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter and a user manual.

    Where to Buy the Sunvell T95U Pro

    The Sunvell T95U Pro can be purchased for around $70 from the following retailers at the time of writing:

    Sunvell T95U Pro Technical Specifications

    General

    • Processor
      AMLogic S912
    • CPU CPU
      Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
    • GPU
      Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
    • Operating System
      Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • RAM
      2GB DDR3
    • Storage
      16GB eMMC
      SD Card Slot (up to 64GB)
    • Other Features
      IR Sensor
      LED Screen
    • Power
      5V/2A

    Interfaces

    • Video Output
      HDMI 2.0
      Composite
    • Audio Output
      HDMI 2.0
      SP-DIF
    • Other Interfaces
      2 x USB 2.0
      SD Card Slot

    Connectivity

    • WiFi
      Dual Band Wireless
    • Ethernet
      1000Mbps
    • Bluetooth
      4.0

    Physical

    • Dimensions
      130x130x30mm
    • Weight
      300g

    Sunvell T95WPro Android TV Box Features Amlogic S912

    Sunvell have seemingly gone on a new product frenzy. After the recent release of the Sunvell T95Z, they’re back with another Amlogic S912 Android TV box called the Sunvell T95WPro.

    Specs appear to be the same as the T95Z with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, dual band b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

    In fact, the only difference appears to be the design – Sunvell have dropped the LED display and opted for a nice heavily rounded square shape. I’m not 100% sure what makes it “Pro” though.

    Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95WPro Android TV box, IR remote, HDMI cable, power adapter and a user manual.

    Where to Buy the Sunvell T95WPro

    The Sunvell T95WPro can be purchased from GearBest for around $70 at the time of writing.

    Use coupon “ST95WP” to get it for $59.99

    Sunvell T95WPro Technical Specifications

    General

    • Processor
      AMLogic S912
    • CPU CPU
      Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
    • GPU
      Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
    • Operating System
      Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • RAM
      2GB DDR3
    • Storage
      16GB eMMC
      SD Card Slot (up to 64GB)
    • Other Features
      IR Sensor
    • Power
      5V/2A

    Interfaces

    • Video Output
      HDMI 2.0
      Composite
    • Audio Output
      HDMI 2.0
      SP-DIF
    • Other Interfaces
      2 x USB 2.0
      SD Card Slot

    Connectivity

    • WiFi
      Dual Band Wireless N
    • Ethernet
      1000Mbps
    • Bluetooth
      4.0

    Physical

      Sunvell T95X Android 6.0 TV Box Features Amlogic S905X for Only $27

      The Sunvell T95X is another Android TV box powered by the new Amlogic S905X that sells for a mere $27.

      Specs are on the low end, with 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 8Gb of eMMC storage, 2.4GHz b/g/n Wifi, 100Mbps Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0.

      The Sunvell T95X case appears to be original, with a stylish curved design that I think looks quite attractive.

      Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95X Android TV box, power adapter, remote control, IR extension cable, HDMI cable and a manual.

      Where to Buy the Sunvell T95X

      The Sunvell T95X is available for purchase from GearBest starting at $27 at the time of writing during the current flash sale.

      Use coupon “GBT95X” to get the 1GB model for only $24.99.

      Sunvell T95X Technical Specifications

      General

      • Processor
        AMLogic S905X
      • CPU CPU
        Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
      • GPU
        Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
      • Operating System
        Android 6.0 Marshmallow
      • RAM
        1GB/2GB DDR3
      • Storage
        8GB eMMC
      • Other Features
        IR Sensor
      • Power
        DC 5V/2A

      Interfaces

      • Video Output
        HDMI 2.0
        Composite
      • Audio Output
        HDMI 2.0
      • Other Interfaces
        2 x USB 2.0
        MicroSD Card Slot

      Connectivity

      • WiFi
        802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)
      • Ethernet
        100Mbps
      • Bluetooth
        4.0

      Physical

        Sunvell T95M Android Box Features Amlogic S905 and LED Display

        The Sunvell T95M is a new Android 5.1 TV box from the company powered by the quadcore Amlogic S905 that also features an integrated LED screen on the front panel.

        The screen is presumably used to show the time, playback and status information. Marketing materials show the screen showing that the unit is connected to wifi for example.

        The rest of the specs are pretty typical of most Amlogic S905 Android boxes, with 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 RAM (depending on the variant), 8GB eMMC storage, Bluetooth 4.0, 2.4GHz WiFi and 100Mbps Ethernet.

        This makes it remarkably similar to the Sunvell T95 that I’ve written about previously, though without a metal case and a lower pricetag.

        Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95M TV box, power adapter, IR remote control, HDMI cable, and English manual.

        Where to Buy the Sunvell T95M

        The Sunvell T95M is available from GearBest. It’s currently on a flash sale at the time of writing for $36.69.

        Check Price

        Sunvell T95M Technical Specifications

        General

        • Processor
          Amlogic S905
        • CPU CPU
          Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
        • GPU
          Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
        • Operating System
          Android Lollipop 5.1
        • RAM
          1 or 2GB DDR3
        • Storage
          8GB eMMC
        • Other Features
          IR Sensor
          LED Display
        • Power
          DC 5V/2A

        Interfaces

        • Video Output
          HDMI 2.0
          Composite
        • Audio Output
          HDMI 2.0
          Composite
          SPDIF
        • Other Interfaces
          2 x USB 2.0
          1x micro USB OTG
          MicroSD Card Slot

        Connectivity

        • WiFi
          802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)
        • Ethernet
          100Mbps
        • Bluetooth
          4.0

        Physical

        • Dimensions
          113 x 113 x 24 mm

        Upgraded Sunvell T95 Android TV Box Features Amlogic S905 and LED Display

        Sunvell have released an upgraded version of the Sunvell T95, an Android TV box powered by the Amlogic S905. It features 8GB of storage, dual band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, in addition to doubling the original amount of RAM to 2GB. Ethernet is disappointingly only 10/100Mbps though.

        The unit also features a metal case and LED real-time display for showing information such as the time.

        From the looks of the marketing material, it also comes with a TV-friendly launcher that looks like a hybrid between the MediaBox launcher and HiMedia’s one.

        Inside the box, you’ll get the Sunvell T95 TV box, power adapter, IR remote control, HDMI cable, and English manual.

        Getting One

        The new Sunvell T95 is available from GearBest for under $60. The 1GB model is also on a flash sale for $35 for a short time.

        Sunvell T95 Technical Specifications

        General

        • Processor
          Amlogic S905
        • CPU CPU
          Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
        • GPU
          Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
        • Operating System
          Android Lollipop 5.1
        • RAM
          1 or 2GB DDR3
        • Storage
          8GB
        • Other Features
          IR Sensor
          LED Display
        • Power
          DC 5V/2A

        Interfaces

        • Video Output
          HDMI 2.0, Composite
        • Audio Output
          HDMI 2.0, Composite
        • Other Interfaces
          2 x USB 2.0
          1x micro USB OTG
          MicroSD Card Slot

        Connectivity

        • WiFi
          802.11 Dual Band b/g/n Wi-Fi
        • Ethernet
          100Mbps
        • Bluetooth
          4.0

        Physical

        • Dimensions
          113 x 113 x 20 mm
        • Weight
          195g