Walmart’s first Android TV streamer, the Onn UHD Streaming Device, hit shelves last week and I did a quick overview of what it has to offer. While the hardware is impressive for the price, the software has numerous issues resulting in incorrect color output and a remote that can’t control some TVs, like it’s supposed to be able to. This week I ran the little streaming box through a few benchmarks to see how it stacks up to every Fire TV, Firestick, and Fire Cube, as well as several Android TV devices, including the 2020 Chromecast, Tivo Stream 4K, and Nvidia Shield TV.
As with my past benchmark results, all software on the Onn was fully updated as of today and freshly rebooted prior to running the tests. I ran each benchmark 3 times and averaged the 2 best runs for the final score. I did not re-run all comparison devices through each benchmark, but I ran the exact same versions of the benchmark software as I have in the past, so the results are comparable with my older data.
The Onn 4K streamer’s Amlogic S905Y2 processor is nearly identical to the Chromecast’s Amlogic S905D3, so it’s no surprise that the two devices scored very close to one another. The Onn box is clocked at 1.8 GHz, while the Chromecast is clocked at 1.9 GHz, which explains why it edges ahead in these scores.
On the Geekbench all-around benchmark, which mainly taxes the CPU, the Onn streamer scored an 823 for the single-core overall score and 2,367 for the multi-core overall score. At just 2% slower, that’s much closer to the Chromecast than I expected it to be. The Onn streamer is about 17% more powerful than Amazon’s comparable device, the Fire TV Stick 4K, due to the Fire TV’s older hardware and slower 1.7 GHz processor.
The GFXBench offscreen T-Rex benchmark taxes the GPU and measures the device’s gaming performance. The Onn streamer scored 804 on this test, slotting it right between the 2018 Fire TV Stick 4K and the newer 2020 Fire TV Stick, which benefits slightly from being just a 1080p device that doesn’t have to process as many pixels.
The Onn streaming box uses the same Mali-G31 GPU as the Chromecast, so I thought it would score higher up the list, The Chromecast beats it out with about 2-3% more raw graphical power. It’s worth pointing out that the Tivo Stream 4K, which has the exact same SoC as the Onn streamer, scored worse in both the CPU and the GPU benchmarks.
Benchmark scores are a poor representation of how these devices will perform in real-world everyday use, but they do give us an idea of the potential each device has compared to one another. Walmart’s Onn UHD Streaming Device, using a very common reference design, scores well and has very capable hardware. It’s just a shame that its software issues are hindering it so much.