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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Amlogic S912 handles Android 6.0 well. Navigating through the UI and launching apps feels snappy.
Sunvell T95Z Plus Review: Media Playback
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.
Video Performance (Kodi 16.1)
1080p 3D SBS H.264
1080p 3D ABL H.264
1080p High Bitrate H.264
4K 30FPS H.264
4K 60FPS H.264
Unwatchable – Skipped Frames
4K 30FPS 8-bit HEVC
4K 30FPS 10-bit HEVC
Unwatchable – Skipped Frames
Unwatchable – Skipped Frames
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good gaming and media playback support
Netflix limited to 480p
No Automatic Framerate Switching in Kodi
Audio Glitches when using Dolby Digital 5.1 Passthrough
The Sunvell T95Z Plus is available from GearBest. Use code “ST95ZP” to get it for $57.99 for a limited time.
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:
GearBest (Use coupon “GBST95U” to get it for $61.99)
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.