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Alfawise A8 TV box vs. Alfawise Z1 TV box: which is the best TV box of 2018?

ByGB Blog Official 2018-08-30 4740

With so many options out there, it’s getting harder and harder to set your sights on a particular model. In this post, we take a look at two of the popular options from Alfawise: the standard Alfawise A8 TV Box and the new Alfawise Z1 TV BOX with voice control.


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the design of Alfawise A8 TV box and Alfawise Z1 TV box 

Alfawise A8 TV box vs. Alfawise Z1 TV box:specs?

Let's start by taking a quick look at the main specs of Alfawise A8 TV Box  and Alfawise Z1 TV box

Product name
Alfawise A8 TV BOX
Alfawise Z1 TV BOX
Product size(L x W x H)
12.00 x 12.00 x 2.50 cm / 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches
10.50 x 10.50 x 1.50 cm / 4.13 x 4.13 x 0.59 inches
Product weight
0.1866 kg
0.3200 kg
RK3229 with 1.5GHz high compatible quad-core cortex-A7 chip
Amlogic S912 with 2.0GHz
Android 8.1
Android 7.1.2
Audio format
External memory
SD card up to 32G
SD card up to 64G
Automatic cleaning cache, 3D movie, 4K x 2K HD display, body feeling game
2.4G + 5.8G dual-band WiFi, HDMI 2.0, 4K/3D radio


Alfawise A8 TV BOX Rockchip 3229 Android 8.1 - BLACK EU PLUG

Alfawise A8 TV BOX Rockchip 3229 Android 8.1 - BLACK EU PLUG
$32.9 $30.99    


Alfawise Z1 TV BOX with 2.4G Voice Control - BLACK 3+32G EU

Alfawise Z1 TV BOX with 2.4G Voice Control - BLACK 3+32G EU


Alfawise A8 TV Box: Rockchip 3229 + Android 8.1

One of the main selling points of the A8 is the box’s very affordable price — $30.99. But the modest price tag hides quite a bit of functionality. First, you get the powerful Rockchip 3229 with four ARM Cortex-A7 cores speeding up to 1.5GHz. The box also sports the Mali-400mp2 graphics processor.

the design of Alfawise A8 TV Box 

Alfawise A8 TV Box 1.5GHZ 

2GB of RAM ensures fast loading and boot up, powerful decoding and a stable performance and 16GB of internal storage for having all your media and other files handy.

Another great thing about the box is its extensive connectivity. There are four USB 2.0 ports, analog AV output, HDMI 2.0 connector, SPDIF digital audio and the RJ45 network port. There is also an SD card slot letting you expand the storage with up to 32GB more.

the connectivity of Alfawise A8 TV Box 

With Android 8.1 running the show, you’ve got a familiar and intuitive interface at your disposal ensuring the easy handling of media files, documents, data forms, web pages and more.

The powerful hardware opens the doors for great video quality: the Alfawise A8 can play 4K video at 60 frames per second. Plus, you get the support of 3D, 2K and HD video playback.

the 4K video of Alfawise A8 TV Box  

On the looks side, the A8 features a rather minimalistic design with a matte plastic frame with rounded edges.

Alfawise Z1 TV Box: voice control + octa core Amlogic S912

The Alfawise Z1, though insignificantly bigger than the Alfawise A8, comes with some powerful hardware. You get the combo of the 8-core Amlogic S912 CPU with the Mali T820MP3 graphics allowing for the decoding ability of 4K at 60 frames per second.

Memory-wise, the box comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage — further expandable with 64GB on the SD card.

the design of Alfawise Z1 TV Box 

The Z1 does connectivity well. There are numerous ports located on the sides of the box including the high-speed USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, a card reader, AV, RJ45 LAN port and 5V / 2A DC port. The USB 3.0 alone is an important addition as it helps significantly increase the transfer data (up to ten times) and is the perfect gateway for large media files like HD movies.

the connectivity of Alfawise Z1 TV Box 

Things are a bit "less new" on the software side — the Z1 comes with the Android 7.1.2. Then again, you get a faster connection with 2.4G + 5.8G dual-band WiFi and easy support of external hardware with Bluetooth 4.1. The H.265 decoding is also an effective step up from the H.264 saving up to 50% of bandwidth.

the bandwidth of Alfawise Z1 TV Box  

One of the main upgrades on the Z1 is the addition of voice control on the box’s remote. So if you are looking for the smart handsfree experience, you will definitely appreciate the option.

Design-wise, the Z1 is not that much different from the A8. You get the same matte plastic body with a bit of gloss on the sides, rounded edges and a generally very subtle look that would go well with any interior.

Alfawise A8 TV Box vs. Alfawise Z1 TV Box: the verdict

So, which box do you go for? The Alfawise A8, as mentioned above, is a great deal on price and functionality. You get a fast, 4K capable media box with Android 8.1 at your fingertips. The Alfawise Z1 , on the other hand, throws in the fun of voice control, as well as a powerful processor. But then there is the price difference. While the A8 is less than a dollar over $30, the Z1 comes with a rather hefty price tag of $79.99. But for many, the ability to get even closer to the movie theatre experience at home may be well worth the price.


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