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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Unboxing and Review of the Tronsmart Vega S89 Standard Edition

I had the opportunity to review one of  Tronsmart' s latest mini pcs and i have to say that i am very impressed
The device is on the market for a few weeks now and it looks very promising.

Let's see what you get in the box:
  • The Tronsmart S89 Standard Edition itself
  • A power adapter 5V3A
  • An HDMI Cable
  • An A/V Out Cable
  • A Micro USB to USB Cable
  • An IR Remote
  • A User Manual

The connectivity ports it offers are:
  • 2x USB 2.0 Ports
  • A/V Output
  • D/C Input
  • Ethernet Port
  • HDMI Output
  •  SPDIF Optical Digital Audio Output
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • It also has an On/Off Button

At the top we can see the Tronsmart logo and a Compact Disk-like design, now if we turn this upside down and look at the bottom, we see 3 rubber pads that help your TV Box to stay in place on a slippery surface. We also see some ventilation holes

Beneath the rubber pads there are screws

If we unscrew them we can see the PCB of the device and find out that Tronsmart has done a good job

The included IR Remote looks very nice and it has basic functions such as home, menu, back, on/off, navigation arrows etc

When you power on your device you are presented with a tile based launcher which reminded me a lot of Windows 8

It's a basic launcher and you can not modify it if you want. In the settings we have 4 tabs

The network tab where you can see your wirelles networks or switch to ethernet connection

The Display tab where you can configure your resolution and also activate a screensaver

The advanced tab where you have Miracast and Digital Audio Output options

and the Other tab where you can see you Model and Build number as well as your Android and Kernel versions. Also from here you can go to the stock android settings or update your system

Performance-wise the Vega S89 is the most powerfull TV Box i've tried so far and it can handle the most demanding videos, even the 4k ones on both XBMC and android video players as you will see in my review

Some of the Specs are:
  • Quad Core Amlogic S802 CPU running at 2.0 Ghz
  • Octa Core Mali 450MP8 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Internal Storage
  • 2.4G/5G Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4k Video Playback
  • Android 4.4.2

The score i got in Antutu is 22878 and it's the highest i've seen on a TV Box so far. This gives you an idea of how fast this device is
Although the S89 doesn't have an external wifi antenna, the result i've got from Wifi Analyzer was more than pleasing showing very good reception, even though between my router and the S89 are 3 concrete walls
Overall if you can afford some more money than the RK3188 boxes that are currently on the market, the Vega S89 is definitely worth to get offering more horsepower, perfect XBMC and video playback and a slik and beautiful look.
Here you can watch my video Unboxing and Review

Special thanks to Antonis78 from for providing the device.
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