Boasting excellent video playback support (including support for Automatic framerate switching), commitment to regular software updates and even becoming an official Diamond sponsor of Kodi, it’s no doubt WeTek devices have incredibly popular.
The WeTek Hub is an incredibly compact Amlogic S905-H Android TV box with a heavily customised launcher that makes it ideal for anyone wanting a powerful streaming media player without a complex user interface. You can check out my impressions here.
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The WeTek Hub is the company’s latest Android TV box powered by the Amlogic S905-H. The H means that the WeTek Hub has licenced Dolby codecs, so audio passthrough should function in all apps – not just Kodi.
There’s a lot WeTek have packed in. Inside the box, you’ll get:
WeTek Hub unit
3x International Plugs
IR Extension Cable
3M Tape (For attaching the IR Extension and/or the WeTek Hub to your TV)
English User Manual
WeTek Hub Impressions
I’ve seen some compact Android TV boxes but the WeTek Hub is another level. This thing is seriously tiny.
It also feels solid and has some weight behind it. When all the cables are connected, it didn’t move, avoiding a common problem with small devices.
The unit is covered in ports. The left side houses the wifi antenna port, micro SD card slot, UART port, IR Input and a USB 2.0 port.
The remainder of the ports are on the back. You’ve got the DC In port, Gigabit Ethernet port and HDMI output.
I would’ve loved to have a second USB port at the front for easy access. It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Booting up the unit for the first time gives you a handy Setup Wizard that guides you through the setup process. It makes everything dead-simple and makes the system so much easier to use – particularly if you’re not used to the standard Android TV box setup process.
It’s been a while since I’ve used a WeTek UI bit thankfully the one that comes with the WeTek Hub is great.
Using a subdued color scheme, it features flat tiles for apps and it nails the modern, minimalist aesthetic.
There’s a few apps pre-installed including Kodi 17, WeTek Media Player (which is based on Kodi), ES File Explorer, YouTube and several more.
Navigating the OS is a breeze as everything is pretty intuitive. The Amlogic S905-H appears to handle it well, though I did encounter the odd bit of sluggishness when exiting apps.
OTA updates are supported and WeTek have already released a firmware update adding new features such as a VNC server.
A quick media playback test in Kodi 17 is promising. Both h.264 and h.265 videos played back fine. Automatic framerate switching also worked as expected once enabled in settings.
Wireless streaming also worked well, with 4K h264 seeming to stream fine from an NFS share.
Widevine Level 1 DRM is supported so Netflix plays back in 1080p! However, audio is limited to 2.0 only unfortunately.
Verdict So Far
The WeTek Hub has impressed me so far. The hardware feels incredibly well made and the software is polished – as is usually the case with WeTek devices.
Add the fact that it’s one of the few Android TV boxes that supports HD Netflix, and the WeTek Hub is looking very promising indeed.
Keep posted for my detailed review in the coming days.
The WeTek OpenELEC TV Box is a media player collaboration between WeTek, manufacturers of the solid WeTek Play, and OpenELEC, developers of the standalone Kodi distribution. Much like the WeTek Play, the device features a TV tuner along with the plethora of features that comes with OpenELEC. There are 3 variants available, based on the TV standard: DVB-C/T, DVB-S(2) and ATSC.
WeTek OpenELEC Technical Specifications
Operating System: OpenELEC
Chipset: AMLogic AML-8726 MX
CPU: 1.5 GHz Dual Core
GPU: Mali MP400 (Dual Core)
Memory: 1GB DDR3
Internal Storage: 4GB NAND + microSD card slot
Connectivity: 2.4GHz 802.11 B/G/N WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet
Other Features: IR/RF Remote, TV Tuner (DVB-C/T/ DVB-S(2)/ATSC)
Looking at the specifications and appearance of the WeTek OpenELEC box, it seems that the device is heavily based on the WeTek Play. The inclusions are the same too. Inside the box, you get the WeTek OpenELEC box, power supply, a remote control, debug cable and HDMI cable.
There are some obvious tweaks, with orange LEDs replacing the blue ones on the original model. Further under-the-hood changes