In my observation, there is a big difference between the internal video playback and external sources such as a Raspberry Pi and Amazon Firestick. This is in terms of smoothness and picture quality.
Regarding smoothness, I expected the PPM to have better if not the same performance as my Raspberry Pi but at the moment, PPM feels sluggish and video playback is not 100% smooth.
Regarding the picture quality, external sources are so far a lot better and gives you the wow factor that you’re having that kind of quality from a small package. Using the internal playback though feels like you are convincing yourself that it looks good enough
Here are 2 pictures that I think will give a good view to show the difference.
Note: Exact same video file was used and both in Normal mode.
External via HDMI - OSMC (Kodi variant) running on a Raspberry pi 3B
Internal - MX Player Pro
As you can see, the internal video playback seems to be too dark and some details are gone I guess because of this.
The question is, is this the fault of the GPU? Is this something that can be fixed perhaps in the GPU driver?
Rockchip please don’t let us down!