S10 Android TV Box with 3GB of RAM But What’s Up With Kodi?

By | October 10, 2017

This R-TV S10 Android TV box powered by Android 7.1.2 is available at Geekbuying. Read my review including pros, cons and how to unhide Kodi.

You may be wondering why there are issues with Kodi. It's probably been hidden on this box by the manufacturer because of the steps that some eStores have taken against sellers of fully-loaded boxes.

Amazon and other stores in Europe have banned sellers from advertising these boxes with Kodi pre-installed. This is due to the action taken in the European courts to prosecute anyone selling Android TV boxes like this.

It all stems from consumers using Kodi to view material that is subject to copyright. This started with UK users accessing live football streams which can be found on some Kodi add-ons.

You may agree or disagree with these measures but you can still unhide Kodi from this box with a really simple step. Check out my full review which takes a look at the good and bad points.

R-TV S10 TV Box Review


Price: $64.69

Best place to buy: Geekbuying

Connections: Dual band WiFi, 1000M Ethernet

Best feature: 3GB of DDR4 RAM


First Impressions

​This box is a pretty basic design with no frills attached. It has some ventilation slots underneath and has an aluminum panel for better heat dissipation. It seems to work well and the box doesn't have any heat issues.

It has Dual Band WiFi, 1000M Ethernet and is powered by the latest version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The 3GB of DDR4 RAM is the jewel in the crown. DDR4 is the latest technology and improves transfer rates.

At the time of writing the only place I could buy it was on Geekbuying. Amazon also have it but only the version with 2GB of RAM.

What's in the box?

  • ​1 x R-TV S10 TV box
  • 1 x I/R remote control
  • 1 x HDMI cable
  • 1 x User manual
  • 1 x Power adapter
  • S10 Specs

  • OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • CPU: Amlogic S912 Octa Core Cortex-A53
  • GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3 up to 750MHz
  • 3GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 32GB eMMC Flash storage
  • Expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD card
  • Dual Band WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac​
  • Gigabit Ethernet 100/1000M
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • VP9-10 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K @ 60fps​
  • H.265 HEVC MP-10@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K @ 60fps
  • H.264 AVC HP@L5.1 up to 4Kx2K @ 30fps
  • H.264 MVC up to 1080p @ 60fps
  • MPEG-4 ASP@L5 up to 1080p @ 60fps (ISO-14496)
  • WMV/VC-1 SP/MP/AP up to 1080p @ 60fps
  • AVS-P16(AVS+) /AVS-P2 JiZhun Profile up to 1080p @ 60fps
  • MPEG-1 MP/HL up to 1080P @ 60fps (ISO-11172)
  • MPEG-2 MP/HL up to 1080P @ 60fps (ISO-13818)
  • RealVideo 8/9/10 up to 1080P @ 60fps
  • WebM up to VGA Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support
  • MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixel resolution decoding (ISO/IEC-10918)
  • Supports JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects
  • Supports *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.iso, *.mp4, *.rm and *.jpg file Image browser
  • Supports JPG,JPEG,BMP,GIF,PNG,JFIF, etc.
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 3 x USB ports + 1 x USB OTG (on-the-go)
  • 1 x S/PDIF
  • 1 x AV out
  • 1 x MicroSD card reader
  • Supports Google Play Store + APK side installs
  • Supports DLNA, Miracast, etc.
  • Performance

    ​This box was benchmarked on AnTuTu and returned a score of just over 38,000 which was a bit disappointing considering it has 3GB of RAM. It's pretty standard for the S912 SoC but I have seen better results, especially from the Beelink GT1 with 2GB of RAM.

    The S10 R-TV box played all 4K files with no issues and you will be able to play 1080p on YouTube. No issues there either. Due to the 3GB of RAM the games played well too.

    You can easily access the Play Store but a lot of games were incompatible so you may have to sideload them. It's a simple case of downloading the APK installation file and opening it.

    The remote control is not good and if you are using this for any length of time you will be very frustrated. Do yourself a favor and invest in a good wireless keyboard.

    Pros and Cons

    As with all of these Android TV boxes, there are always positives and negatives.

    • thumbs-up
    • thumbs-up
      Great high end specs
    • thumbs-up
      Great video playback
    • 3GB of DDR4 RAM
    • thumbs-down
      No external antenna
    • Poor remote control
    • No power on/off button

    S10 Android TV Box and Kodi

    ​A lot of buyers were stumped when they powered up the box and couldn't find Kodi. Fear not, there is a simple solution which will automatically install Kodi 17.4 and with featured addons too.

    All you need to do is to go to the Calculator app on the TV box and enter the following:


    ​The first digit is the Pi symbol and can be found on the calculator. When you do that it will start the installation of Kodi. Quite a neat trick if you ask me. You can then start using Kodi with the addons that the program installs for you.

    If you are not happy with the addons that the program installs, there are other options for you. I use Kodi for VOD content and I prefer to use a custom build.

    This gives you access to a whole lot more content and with links that are current and in working order. When you add a custom build it will also notify you when there are updates available.

    Check out option #3 on my other article for more info on adding a Kodi build. If you are planning to use Kodi for live TV channels please be aware of the legalities and problems you may encounter.

    More Kodi users are turning to VPNs and it's now really easy to use a VPN with Kodi.

    Alternative TV Boxes

    There are other TV boxes that have 3GB of RAM if you are not impressed with what you see here. However, the RAM on these alternatives boxes is DDR3 which is the previous technology.

    It's still pretty current though and DDR4 RAM is still very new and uncommon. If you click on any of the links below you can read my reviews.

    Wrap Up

    I think the S10 TV box offers a good investment if you can get it for this special price on Geekbuying. This is a flash sale so it won't last for much longer, but they do extend them occasionally.

    Would I recommend it? Yes, I think it's decent value for money.

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