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Tronfy MXIV Telos Review: Android 5.1 TV Box with Amlogic S812

The Tronfy MXIV Telos is an Android TV box powered by the Amlogic S812 SoC and running Android 5.1.1. It also features 2GB RAM, 16Gb of storage, dual band b/g/n WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet.

The Tronfy MXIV Telos is available from TinyDeal for around $95. I want to say thanks to TinyDeal for providing me a sample to review.

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Who’s It For?

The Tronfy MXIV Telos is targeted at those wanting an Android-based media player that’s ready to go out of the box.

Tronfy MXIV Telos Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1
  • Chipset: Amlogic S812
  • CPU: Quad core ARM Cortex-A9r4, 2.0GHz
  • GPU: Octa-core ARM Mali-450
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI 1.4, SP-DIF
  • Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x micro USB OTG
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • Other: IR Sensor, Power button

What’s in the Box?

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Tronfy have been pretty comprehensive with their inclusions inside the box:

  • 1x Tronfy MXIV TV box
  • 1x Power adapter
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x IR Remote Control
  • 1x USB Cable
  • 1x English instruction manual

Tronfy MXIV Telos Design

If you’ve seen popular devices such as the MXIII, you’ve seen the Tronfy MXIV Telos. The Android TV box re-uses the same case seen. It’s a matte black slab but the it blends in nicely. The recessed power button and LED do help it stand out somewhat.

Ports are located on the right side and rear of the unit. On the side, there’s 2 USB 2.0 ports and a micro SD card slot.

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There’s DC in, optical audio, Ethernet, HDMI and another USB 2.0 port on the rear.

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The included IR remote is the same as those that have shipped with a number of Android boxes. It’s definitely functional, covering off Android and mouse controls. The power button lets you power the system on and off which is great.

As always though, I thoroughly recommend that you invest in an airmouse for a far better experience.

Using It

Booting the Tronfy MXIV Telos takes around a minute and 5 seconds. Resuming from standby is instant.

The Tronfy MXIV is one of the first Amlogic S812-powered devices to come with Android 5.1 Lollypop and I can say that the S812 handles it well. It’s also rooted out of the box.

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The launcher that’s provided is TV friendly, with a host of common app shortcuts and a Favorites section where you can add your most commonly used apps.

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Tronfy have also added OTA updates but at the time of writing, there wasn’t a newer firmware available so I couldn’t test it out.

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Tronfy MXIV Telos Media Playback

The unit comes with Kodi 14.2 pre-installed that’s been customised with a host of add-ons for video streaming, Trakt and other useful utilities.

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However, when I connected to the net, Kodi was automatically updated to Kodi 15.2. It seemed this upgrade process caused issues, with my playback tests showing various decoding problems and my VC1 sample crashing Kodi every time. Uninstalling and reinstalling Kodi 15.2 from the Google Play Store seemed to fix it however.

Video CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 15.2)Video Performance (MX Player)
1080p 3D SBS H.264OKOK (HW+ Decoder)
1080p 3D ABL H.264OKOK
1080p30 H.264OKOK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OKOK
1080p60 H.264OKOK
720p50 H.264OKOK
1080i25 H.264OKOK (HW+ Decoder)
4K 30FPS H.264OKOK
4K 60FPS H.264Unwatchable (Dropped Frames)Unwatchable (Dropped Frames)
1080p24 HEVCOKOK
1080p VP8OKOK
720p Hi10pOKOK
1080p Hi10pUnwatchable (Slow Video)Unwatchable (Slow Video)
1080p MPEG2OKOK
720P RMVBOKOK
1080p VC1OKOK
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)OKN/A

A quick video playback test in the pre-installed Kodi saw my 1080p and 4K H.264 samples play fine. My 1080p HEVC sample stuttered but was fine via in MXPlayer.

External Storage Support

I was able play videos from both my USB drive and a 2.5″ USB HDD.

Tronfy MXIV Telos Gaming Performance

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

As seen in other devices I’ve reviewed, the Amlogic S812’s GPU performance is solid. Both Jetpack Joyride and Beach Buggy Racing played well at 1080p and maximum settings. I did have some stuttering during high action scenes in Beach Buggy Racing, but this is typical of other devices sharing the S812 SoC.

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Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

I was able to successfully pair my iPega PG-9025 Bluetooth controller and navigate the UI. However, attempting to play Beach Buggy Racing saw Google Play Services continuously crash. I had similar issues with both my Moga Pro Power and iPazzport Bluetooth Keyboard.

Unpairing the Bluetooth controller saw the issue disappear so it seems there’s a bug in the firmware that Tronfy will hopefully fix.

I was able to use my Tronsmart Mars G01 without issue however.

Tronfy MXIV Telos Networking Performance

Networking performance was tested using WiFi Speed Test. 100Mb of data is transferred between the device and a PC running the benchmarking server application. This is repeated 3 times for each direction and the average is taken.

Wireless Performance

The Tronfy MXIV Telos’ wifi performance was solid. Wifi upload and download speeds were 16.3 and 93.8Mbps respectively.

In terms of real world performance, streaming 1080p and 4K video via wifi from an NFS share was fine.

Ethernet Performance

The Tronfy MXIV Telos comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port. Performance was respectable but predictably under the theoretical maximum. Upload and download speeds were 337.7 Mbps and 176.9 Mbps respectively.

Tronfy MXIV Android Benchmarks

Antutu 5.7.1

The Tronfy MXIV Telos scored 35006 on Antutu 5.7.1.

3DMark – Ice Storm Extreme

On 3DMark’s Ice Storm Extreme benchmark, the MXIV achieved 5850.

Tronfy MXIV Telos Power Consumption

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Should You Get One?

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The Tronfy MXIV Telos put on a respectable performance, handling my video and gaming tests reasonably well. However, there were some bugs in the firmware that I’m hoping Tronfy address in a future update. The Google Play Services issue will create issues if you’re wanting to game but for other users, this could be an option.

Getting One

You can purchase the Tronfy MXIV Telos from TinyDeal.

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Tronfy MXIV Telos Android TV Box Impressions

The Tronfy MXIV Telos is an Android TV box powered by the Amlogic S812 SoC and running Android 5.1.1. It also features 2GB RAM, 16Gb of storage, dual band b/g/n WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet.

I want to say thanks to TinyDeal for providing me a sample to review.

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Tronfy MXIV Telos Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1
  • Chipset: Amlogic S812
  • CPU: Quad core ARM Cortex-A9r4, 2.0GHz
  • GPU: Octa-core ARM Mali-450
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI 1.4, SP-DIF
  • Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x micro USB OTG
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • Other: IR Sensor, Power button

What’s in the Box?

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Inside the box, Tronfy have provided a solid set of inclusions

  • 1x Tronfy MXIV TV box
  • 1x Power adapter
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x IR Remote Control
  • 1x USB Cable
  • 1x English instruction manual

Tronfy MXIV Telos Initial Impressions

The Tronfy MXIV Telos re-uses the case seen on various Android TV boxes such as the MXIII. I looks basic, but the stylised power button and LED on the top add character.

The ports are located on the right side and rear of the unit. On the side, there’s 2 USB 2.0 ports and a micro SD card slot.

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The rear features DC in, optical audio, Ethernet, HDMI and another USB 2.0 port.

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The box is booted via the power button. Booting up the device was relatively slow at around 1 minute and 5 seconds. Resuming from standby is instant though.

The Tronfy MXIV uses a skinned version of Android that’s designed to be TV friendly.

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It’s pretty intuitive to navigate. There’s shortcuts that you can add for your most used apps, which is handy.

Performance whilst navigating Android is great and I didn’t experience any hitches. It’s also rooted out of the box.

The pre-installed version of Kodi 14.2 is configured with various TV add-ons for video streaming sites and a few other useful additions.

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A quick video playback test in the pre-installed Kodi saw my 1080p and 4K H.264 samples play fine. My 1080p HEVC sample stuttered but was fine via in MXPlayer.

Switching over to Kodi 15.1 from the Google Play Store saw the HEVC playback issues disappear, with the 1080p HEVC version of Tears of Steel playing fine.

Wifi performance seemed decent. My 1080p and 4K samples streamed fine from an NFS share via WiFi.

Gaming performance was pretty good. Jetpack Joyride was excellent. Beach Buggy Racing played well on maximum settings at 1080p, although high action scenes caused some stuttering.

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I initially didn’t have any problems pairing my iPega PG-9052. However, after a while Google Play Services kept crashing whenever the controller was paired so I suspect there’s a bug in the firmware here as I haven’t experienced this on any other box.

A quick benchmark using Antutu achieved a score of 35006. 3DMark’s Ice Storm Extreme achieved a score of 5850.

Verdict So Far

At this stage, the Tronfy MXIV Telos is has performed fairly well during my tests. Video playback was great once I switched over to Kodi 15.1 and gaming performance was fine. The Google Play services issue is of concern and hopefully Tronfy release an update before my final review goes live.

Keep posted for my detailed review.

Getting One

You can purchase the Tronfy MXIV Telos from TinyDeal.

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Tronfy X2 Android TV Box Features Allwinner H3 for under $50

The Tronfy X2 is an Android TV box powered by the low cost Allwinner H3 SoC. Running Android 4.4, the Tronfy X2 does feature some additional customisations.

The marketing material shows a TV friendly launcher that appears to split apps into categories such as games and movies.

It also comes with pre-installed version of Kodi that seems to be customised with a whole host of addons. OTA updates are also supported, which is a massive plus for user friendliness.

In terms of specs, the Tronfy X2’s specs are similar to other Allwinner H3 boxes such as the Tronsmart Draco H3 and Beelink X2.

Tronsmart Draco H3 Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4.4
  • Chipset: Allwinner H3
  • CPU: ARM Quad-core A7 up to 1.5 GHz
  • GPU: Octo-Core Mali-400 GPU
  • Memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 8GB eMMC + MicroSD card slot (32Gb Max)
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (Broadcom AP6181), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI
  • Interfaces: 2x USB 2.0

Inside the box, you get the Tronfy X2 unit, IR remote control, instruction manual and a power adapter.

Getting One

The Tronfy X2 can be purchased from TinyDeal for around $50.

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