Three years after launching its previous streaming box in the UK (the Aura), Humax returns to the UK streaming market with its latest device, the A1 4K Android TV box.
This compact streaming device has already gained some popularity in international markets, and now, it’s time for the UK audience to experience its features.
Powered by Google’s Android TV operating system, the Humax A1 seeks to streamline your viewing experience, presenting a vast library of over 20,000 movies (that are available to rent or purchase) and housing popular streaming apps from the Google Play Store.
The device is equipped with a quad-core processor and supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi networks, ensuring high-speed, uninterrupted streaming (but there’s no WiFi 6 support, unfortunately).
It also features Bluetooth 5 for seamless connectivity with other devices (see the full spec list below).
Humax, the company behind the new A1 Android TV box, has a rich history in the consumer electronics industry. The company’s reach is truly global, with operations spanning approximately 20 countries across the world.
Founded in 1989, Humax hails from South Korea, and over the years it has made a name for itself as a leading manufacturer of broadcast receivers, set-top boxes, and other electronic appliances.
In the UK, Humax is mostly known for its Freeview and Freesat boxes.
The Humax FVP-5000T Freeview Recorder was quite popular for many years, and is still sold today (but it no longer supports ITV Hub / ITVX); Humax’s Freesat boxes were also quite popular, until they were replaced by newer 4K boxes from Commscope.
Humax’s flagship Freeview recorder is the Humax Aura box (see our review), which combines both a Freeview recorder and an Android TV streaming box.
Humax A1: What’s In The Box?
While the A1 is a box, and not a dongle/stick like Amazon’s Firesticks, at 20 x 96 x 96 mm and just 124g, it’s still small and quite portable.
In terms of video, the A1 is 4K UHD certified (with AV1 and VP9 video codec support), and it supports 2160p, 1080p and 720p resolutions (depending on the content you’re streaming, of course).
There’s Dolby Surround Sound support – but not Dolby Atmos.
The device is powered by Android TV 11.0, a platform that customises entertainment around user preferences.
Android TV also integrates with Google Assistant, which allows users to control their TV using voice commands.
In addition to basic commands such as adjusting volume and searching for content, users can also control compatible smart home devices, enhancing the convenience of their home entertainment system.
Regarding available content, the Humax A1 provides access to the Google Play Store. This allows users to download a variety of apps and games, including popular streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+.
Curiously, Humax tells us that the UK broadcasters’ apps – BBC iPlayer, ITVX, Channel 4 and My5 are NOT currently compatible with the A1, which makes it a tough sell in the UK. However, they may be added in the future (as they’re certainly supported on other Android TV devices).
Additionally, with a built-in Chromecast, users can easily cast content from their phone, tablet, or laptop directly to their TV screen.
The Humax A1 offers a range of input/output connections, including a Micro SD slot (now that’s a blast from the past…), an Optical SPDIF port, an Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and USB ports.
As mentioned, the Humax A1 is NOT a Freeview player/recorder, therefore it doesn’t have an aerial port, and you won’t be able to watch Freeview’s over-the-air channels.
Humax A1 Full Spec List:
- EAN: 8809095664355
- Operating System: Android 11.0 powered by Android TV™ and Chromecast built-in™
- Power: 100V – 240V ~ 50/60Hz; 12V 1.2A (Standby under 0.5W); Max Power Consumption: 14W
- Size & Weight: 20 x 96 x 96 mm (H x W x D); 124g
Processor and Memory:
- CPU: Amlogic S905Y4 chipset (Quad Core Cortex-A35 up to 16500+ DMIPS)
- GPU: ARM Mali-G31 MP2 OpenGL ES 3.2
- RAM: 2GB DDR4
- Storage: 8GB eMMC Flash
- Wireless: 802.11ac 2T2R; 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi; Bluetooth® 5.0
- Ethernet Port
- AV Port
- HDMI 2.1 Out, HDCP 2.2, CEC support
- 2x USB 2.0 (Type A)
- Micro SD card slot
- USB Type-C connector
- AV1 [email protected] up to 4Kx2K@60fps
- VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K@60fps
- H.265 HEVC [email protected] up to 4Kx2K@60fps
- And more video codecs supported
- MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg, Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus (Optional) / DTS (Optional)
- Control TV, soundbar, or receiver volume and power
- Mic for voice search
- Powered by replaceable 2x AAA batteries
The Humax A1 is currently available for an introductory price of £59.90, a reduction from its regular price of £79.90.
Additionally, the device comes with a two-year warranty upon online registration.
For now, it’s only available directly from Humax in the UK – though we’re told it will also be available on Amazon soon.
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