Review: H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K Android TV Box

By | May 25, 2017

Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX

The H96 Pro Plus is a new 2017 android TV box that comes with a S912 CPU and 3GB of RAM.
 
It is a new breed of android TV boxes using the S912 CPU with more RAM, better WiFi, and more internal storage space.
 
The internal storage is nice at 32GB.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Overview
It also has dual band 802.11ac WiFi built in.
 
A remote control is included that is basic but works.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Remote Control
I always suggest upgrading to a mini wireless keyboard remote control for any android TV box.
 
Specifications
Android 6.0
CPU: Amlogic S912 Octa core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2GHz
RAM: 3GB DDR3
Internal Storage: 32GB EMMC
WiFi: Dual Band 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
 
Like most android TV boxes it comes with an external SD-card slot to expand storage.
 
A nice thing is that android 6.0 now allows for the SD-card to expand the internal storage, or be seen as in the past as portable storage.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX SD Card Slot
This means the internal 32 GB of storage can be easily be expanded by inserting a SD-Card and setting it up correctly.
 
One side has two USB ports.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX USB
 
The back side has Ethernet, SPDIF, HDMI, and AV ports.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX HDMI 2
 
Doing a WiFi speed test the results were very impressive for an Android TV box.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Speed Test
It gave a 196Mbps at 5GHz and 47MBps at 2.4 GHz which is the fastest I have seen for an Android TV box.
 
Running a CPU benchmark test with AnTUTU it gave a score of 42036.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX AnTuTu Benchmark
This is nothing new as the S912 CPU has been available for awhile, with the real benefit of the H96 Pro Plus box having 3 GB of RAM and good WiFi.
 
Booting the box up a standard launcher comes up for navigation.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Lauancher
 
It comes with a lot of Apps installed. Of course as most know Apps are easily downloaded from the Play Store and very customizable.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Apps
 
The H96 Pro Plus came loaded with Kodi Jarvis which may change to Kodi 17.4 with newer shipments.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Kodi
Upgrading to Kodi 17.4 Krypton is easy to do and is available in the Play Store.
 
Looking in System Information it shows how Kodi will run on the box which used barley any resources.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Resources
The extra RAM is nice especially if you plan to run 4K videos.
 
It comes loaded with all the popular add-ons such as Exodus, Phoenix and so on, which is also easy to customize.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Addons
 
Playing videos it had no problem with HD 1080p and no problems with 4K at 60fps.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX 4K
 
Testing game play I played GTA San Andreas at the maximum settings and it played it with no problems.
Review H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K ANDRIOD TV BOX Game Play
The extra RAM will help gammers who want to be able to play more games on an Android Box.
 
Availability
Amazon United States
 
eBay
 
AliExpress
 
Summary
The H96 PRO PLUS is a nice android TV box and currently a very good low cost option.
 
The S912 CPU also comes in many other units with varying other hardware such as 1GB and 2GB of RAM versions.
 
The extra RAM and very good WiFi is what makes the H96 PRO PLUS box stand above other low cost units.
 
More external storage at 32GB and expandable with an SD-card is also nice to have.
 
Of course the best android TV box is still the Nvidia Shield, but low cost units are making huge leaps to catch up and definitely worth a look.
 
It will have no problems running Kodi 17.4 Krypton and streaming 4K ultra HD videos.
 
I am still testing the unit but will update if anything changes.
 
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to see is a unit is a good pick for you.
 
Read More Reviews Here on Amazon
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70 thoughts on “Review: H96 PRO PLUS S912 3GB RAM 4K Android TV Box

  1. Rajesh

    Hi,

    What is the maximum size of external micro sd card it supports? will it support 64gb or 128gb?

    Reply
  2. thomas

    Hi,
    i got H96 Pro+ (no Alfawise) and device wont to play any 4K movie in Kodic, MX player, VLC or internal media player. It plays only sound and the screen still black. I got LG 4K TV 55″ UB850V. The device is connected via hmdi with 10bit deep color support. I dont know how to solve this issue.
    Previously i got Mecool M8s Pro plus and it playe 4K movies flawless

    Reply
  3. Robert

    I just ordered a h96 pro + box from Ali Express. Reading the above opinions might be a bad idea.

    Reply
  4. SANTOSH

    On H96 pro plus firmware 7.1.1 & 7.1.2 the microphone does not work at all.
    I tried
    1) USB microphone with webcam
    2) bluetooth Headset
    3) USB sound card
    4) wireless remote mic (air-mouse with built in mic)
    None of the above options work to get the voice from mic. & so as you can not use google Now, google search, google assistant.

    However I tried downgrading it to Android 6.0 & mic works without any problem.

    Reply
  5. Stevie

    Hi guys!
    I have realy problems with my H96proplus mkv playing every mediaplayer instaled VLC player Kodi comming freezing the video about 2 second! Comming on the tv seen with decoding problem or sometings!
    I have sound problem likes decoding! Only zzzzgggggg comming out from the speaker!
    Maybe solution for this problems?
    I have alredy 7.1 fw
    Thanks

    Reply
  6. muheeb

    does it support hdmi passthrough of content that is DTS-HD and True-HD (atmos)?
    this is called bitstreaming, does it support that?

    Reply
  7. William Van Rooy

    Have a Zidoo X9 has kit kat 4.2.2 but not possible to upgrade to marshmallow or nougat.Otherwise always worked fine.Purchased a H96 Pro+ 3plus32 directly from Hong Kong.Since day one it never worked and keeps resetting.
    Was able to upgrade from 6.0 to 7.1.1, but did not solve problem.Went into program to delete everything,cache,mount system,etc but the but the android man logo with the blue triangle and the exclamation sign with the “no command” message remains static and the problem persists.
    It boots up normally showing the MBOX logo and going to the launch screen.At times it is possible to move the pointer around to the different functions but when the selection is made, the screen goes blank and it will reboot again showing the H96 Pro+ logo and so on.
    Since I did not purchase the box from Amazon or any local provider I am stuck with the box I guess.
    It is not big and heavy enough to be used as a doorstop.
    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
  8. Kong

    I cant change the launcher??? HAve tried Nova and Apex. Both wont run. Says app error.

    Im on the latest 7.1 version with 3gb 32 gb.

    Anyone else get this. HAte the stock launcher. Need Nova bad!!! 😮

    Reply
    1. Haggardartist

      I am using a Launcher called Top Tv Launcher 2. Very customizable!Rated a 4+ on the play store. Running on The h96 pro plus 3 gigs ram with 6.0. Not sure if I have been lucky but my box has been great since I got it!

      Reply
  9. Ne0

    I just wanted to add that on the DDR4 version, at least mine, there are 2 extra USB ports on the microSD side, they are covered by the case but I cut the case and now Im able to use these extra ports instead of adding a USB hub as I was planning; btw one is an OTG port (closest to SD port).

    Reply
    1. Jim Harbin

      Thanks for this tidbit.. I popped the cover on mine and I also have the 2 covered, yet fully functioning addition USB ports.. Woo-hoo! Handy Dremel and now I’m all set.

      Reply
  10. Sitara Bhatti

    Hi…i am experiencing probs with getting Primewire and Exodus to show in my add ons. Kodi 17 came in pre installed on this box. I only have Vimeo, 9Gag, PopcornTV ABC family and youtubr. Wheni click othe add ons, it has a x next to it. When i click on Exodus, it shows as being installed, but i cant find it.

    PLEASE HELP 😓😓😓😓

    Reply
  11. Player player

    I can’t get my wired controller working with my H96 pro +. Feels like it does not see my controller at all. Have been trying with xbox360 controller and with ps3 wired controller, no luck. Anyone else having these problems?

    Reply
    1. Ne0

      Why would you want a wired controller; I have set up mine with wireless PS3 controllers using six axis Android app very easily, it is a one time wired set up then it takes the controller every time without need to connect the cable.

      Reply
  12. Kamran

    Dear
    My tv box is very much noisy. especially with any white background content. any solution. please.

    Reply
  13. Bhasker Raj

    Thanks for the review of 4K H96 Pro.
    I am using old model Sony (CRT) and does not have HDMI port – how to connect the TV box?
    Also this box has an Ethernet port – how to use this port?
    Presently using Hathaway TV setup box can I use this setup box along with the Android TV box.
    This is the first time interested to use Android TV box and need more details for connecting the TV box to my Sony (CRT) TV.
    A. S. Bhasker Raj
    Bangalore
    India

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  14. fruitcake

    my only issue is that there is no display option in settings,so cant adjust opening page to fit the tv screen,7.1 nougat.i think a lot of firmware upgrades needed before it becomes more stable and reliable,it will happen in the future.

    Reply
    1. Terry

      fruitcake ,go into Driod settings within apps ,to reach display settings if you have 17.1 nougat version.Its the big grey cog.I spent sometime looking for this setting as it appears to be different from version 6.0.0

      Reply
    2. Ne0

      Not sure what you are looking for exactly but the default Android settings doesn’t have those options you need to use the settings link from Home screen (which open as a side bar). There you can see options for Resolution and Zoom IN/OUT.

      Reply
    3. Friskystclair

      Fruitcake. My first h96 device did not have the display option any place to be found. I sent it back and ordered the same device from a different seller and the function was where it was expected to be along with several other functions that were not available on the previous device. I am very pleased with the second purchase. It helped to purchase from seller with numerous excellent reviews. Beware of bogus reviews with excellent ratings from just a few people. From the responses in these blogs, I know that many defective devices are being sold that are causing bad experiences for an otherwise excellent device.

      Reply
    4. Davey

      same problem here…. 7.1 Mine came in today… 2 USB on the left but I can see how 2 more could be ‘hidden’ on the right. 3GB of ram sure makes it fast!! Anytime I set up a box I go into settings.. then Display then adjust the screen position… usually from 100% down to 92% to fit my screen. This box does NOT have that option.. just wallpaper, sleep mode, etc… no setting for display position. Very disappoint as the time at the top right is off the screen along with other ‘edge’ info. If anyone has a solution for this please share. Thanks… Davey

      Reply
  15. Steve Bellefontaine

    I have this H96Pro Android 7.1 TV BOX Amlogic S912 Octa Core and it constantly freezes up on me. It heats up alotr and I cant get past watching a movie for 20 mins then freezes!

    Reply
  16. Andrea

    Which is the manufacturer of H96 PRO PLUS? I can’t find an official site for it. Even in the box I purchased there is no info whatsoever

    Reply
  17. Peter Kooima

    Is there a way to connect a webcam and also a microphone ? I have tried a usb soundcard but it is not possible to record or use google voice. And a usb webcam did not work also. any suggestions ?

    Reply
    1. SANTOSH

      Same problem with me too
      So note it ..on firmware 7.1.1 & 7.1.2 the microphone does not work at all.
      I tried
      1) USB microphone with webcam
      2) bluetooth Headset
      3) USB sound card
      4) wireless remote mic (air-mouse with built in mic)
      None of the above options work to get the voice from mic. & so as you can not use google Now, google search, google assistant.

      However I tried downgrading it to Android 6.0 & mic works without any problem.

      Reply
  18. Steven

    Is this a true Android TV box or one of these hybrid phone processor setups, as many of these units seems to be. Because they are cellular in spec, the firmware is altered and will appear as rooted when not to strong security apps, such as Playstation Vue. Give it a try, you will find out quickly.

    Reply
  19. Stanley Siu

    What are the differences between H96 Pro and H96 Pro+?

    Reply
    1. Gabriel Murillo

      Yes it is… The last one available is 7.1… you can find out about how yo flash it trough YouTube

      Reply
  20. Gabriel Murillo

    How can I show or hide the lower buttons? Camera, left arrow, circle, Square, etc
    Thanks in advance guys!

    Reply
  21. Gabriel

    I am happy with H96 pro+, but… At lower part of the tv Screen there are dime tipical icons like camera, left button, circle, Squarepants, etc… Ending with a pointing down arrow… Igualmente you press the pointing down arrow those button desapar… Does any body known how to show those button a again? I just can Not find any way… Thanks a Lot!

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    1. Friskystclair

      Gabriel. I figured out the functions for a few of those icons. Can anyone explain to me the function of those icons.

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    2. Byron

      You simply click on the “down” arrow icon at the bottom of the screen then it hides the icons. Depending on your navigation device (I am using a wireless qwerty keyboard) hold the “left click” button while your cursor is over the bottom edge of the screen, and swipe upward using the track pad…. the icons will then re-appear. Hope this helps.

      Reply
  22. Dhammasen Shirsat

    Can i use this device with my Non anroid Tv sony bravia B700W for doing anroid tv and also play 4K video on FH tv plz plz Guide me Thanks Advance

    Reply
    1. Jim

      Yes to both of your questions.
      The android box is separate hardware from the TV. You could have the oldest monitor going and as long as it had the connections / drivers, the android box would display on it.
      4k is just a resolution, given that your TV is capable the android box doesn’t need much in terms of hardware to match it.

      Reply
  23. Pramod Kumar

    I have just got my H96 Pro Plus. I tried casting the screen of my mobile phone (Moto G 3rd Generation) to my TV using the MIRACAST app which came preinstalled on the H96, but it didn’t work. The TV screen shows a message saying, “Waiting for the user to connect. Launch wireless display on your mbox”. When I go to the settings on my phone and enable “Cast”, it says ” No nearby devices were found”.

    Any advice for solving this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Max.Mar

      ON the very same “Cast” screen just tap on the 3 dots on top right corner and check Wireless display. This will solve your issue and connect with the cast device.

      Reply
  24. Raydha

    Hi,

    Does anyone test with fubo tv, hbo go or directv apk?
    I cannot get it work with this box.
    Fubo tv cannot get through during first disclaimer.
    Directv lag and sometimes hang.
    Hbo go ask for google service update.

    Reply
  25. Charles Lindstrom

    Am having all kinds of problems. Sometimes will not get any sound on one or more of the apps (FWIPT or MOBDRO). While watching a movie via a google search – the movie suddenly quit saying google failed. Then had to start over again – this happened three times in one episode of a series. Also trying to do factory data reset but nothing happens.

    Reply
  26. Jan Glasnak

    Very bad WiFi connection. I have 150 mb on all other android devices and on this box only 15. My WiFi is dual 2.4 and 5.0 ghz. Also through cable is connection very unstable.

    Reply
    1. Igor Sandler

      Have very similar thing. I have all kind of Android boxes and this one by far is the most powerful(except my NVIdia Shield) but the Ethernet practically doesn’t work, takes up to 5 minutes to get into each selection(I am taking about KODI 17). I also have two WI-FI networks: one from my cable modem and extender and the other through the $200.00 Linksys modem connected via Ethernet to my cable modem and then Liksys extender. This box has extremely slow connection to the Linksys network but works fine on the cable modem network, have no idea what is the differences, all my other Android boxes work fine on either of those, including Ethernet and I have no clue what is the difference.

      Reply
    2. Friskystclair

      Jan. I had that problem with my first device. I sent it back and ordered same device from a different seller with satisfactory results. Look for customer reviews with numerous excellent ratings.

      Reply
  27. Mike

    I need to upgrade my android box but after reading these reviews and comments will steer well clear of this one thanks for all the input.

    Reply
    1. Igor Sandler

      Can’t blame you. Go with MI BOX, have tow of them, work beautifully.

      Reply
  28. Nitish

    Very good quality android tv box, I purchased the latest version of it and am utilizing it

    Reply
  29. AAxeki

    I have the H96 Pro Plus and was wondering if it is normal to get freezing in the menus from time to time? Sometimes it happens while I am watching a movie, only happens while I am in Kodi (17.1). If I press the home button it usually takes me out of kodi and back into the android homescreen however sometimes it freezes to the point that I will need to pull out the power plug.

    Problem is that after pulling out the plug and starting the unit back up again it stalls on the H96 Pro + logo or it gets to the mbox logo and while it animates a white box flashes around the logo, this just keeps looping over and over with the unit never booting up. I can get it to boot up again but I have to unplug the device again and wait several minutes before trying. Any idea what is happening here?

    Reply
    1. Vaughn Fox

      Hi, I’m having the same issue and am wondering if you have been able to resolve it.

      Reply
    2. Steve Bellefontaine

      Mine freezes up on me every time I use it watching a movie for 20 mins….Its JUNK! Heats up alot also

      Reply
  30. cg

    When installing Sling TV or Spotify on this device, the apps believe that they are running on a tablet. They default to running as a touch screen app, so it’s difficult to navigate with a remote.

    I’m a software developer and not afraid to try a few things out. I tried changing ‘ro.build.characteristics’ in build.prop, but it had no effect. I’m stunned that these commercial apps appear to be untested on this device. I’ll probably keep hacking on it until I find a solution, but I would caution potential buyers to expect unwanted surprises like the one I encountered.

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  31. dragon rajah

    So does the H96 Pro + actually output in 4K on a 4KTV?

    as opposed play 4k but output in 2k?

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  32. CMF

    I just returned my H96 Pro + 912, 3 gb, 32 gb 4K. It arrived without Kodi.

    I had a habit of freezing up, causing one to force shutdown, then only to go through multi repeat shutdown/start up, in order to get all services to run again, including google play services, etc.

    After 2 weeks, I tried reset, which seemed to work for awhile. Then after updating gmail and play services, things went back to the freezing. A reset didn’t cure it this time, so I sent it back

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  33. SETH ANDERSON

    I wish I could find how to program remote control, as well as finding the power switch on the keyboard.

    Reply
    1. Ryan

      I just grabed the exact unit except it is a “Q plus” not H96, all the exact same percs and CPU. My guy who I got it from told me you can’t turn it off through the wireless mini keyboard and have to use the remote, I didn’t have to program mine it works fine.

      Reply
  34. Slik

    Can you take the device with you and connect it to say a hotel’s wifi to be able to use it while on vacation?

    Reply
  35. iGeneral

    Kodi 17 upgrade of H96 PRO PLUS S912 leaves you with no DTS sound! So do not do it!

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  36. Raymond Nattrass

    Very interesting! I have an off brand 6.0 with most of the same perks of this machine save and except the 4K feature. Excuse my lack of knowledge but how does one play games through this media. thanks in advance.

    Reply

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