Best Android TV Boxes in 2019

ByAdeline Kuang 2019-05-28 2417

Using an Android TV Box is one of the best ways to give a new life to a TV, and transform it into a Smart TV for little money. It is a somewhat more complete solution than a Google Chromecast - of which we explain all its functions and features in a complete guide - and of course more affordable than buying a Smart TV with Android TV inside.
                   

The main problem that exists when buying an Android TV Box, is that there are so many different models in the market that it can become difficult to opt for one or the other. That is why our intention today is to select the best that exist in the market in full 2019, and review some of its most interesting features.

First of all: what is Android TV and what is it for?

You may think you know all about the Android TV Box, but if you are not too familiar with this type of devices you should know that they are small teams in the form of mini-PC, which broadly allow you to run a version of Android, with all applications and features available in the Google operating system.

In general, the Android TV Box runs a version of Android "clean" -AOSP- modified by the manufacturer, and optimized for control and operation through remote controls, which almost always included. However, in some cases it is possible to find Android TV Box running inside Android TV, the system version created specifically for televisions. In this case, although the number of applications available for installation is reduced -not all apps are optimized for Android TV-, they usually offer a better user experience than a "normal" version of Android that has been adapted later.

Whatever the model we choose, the possibilities offered by an Android TV Box are practically endless. In all of them it will be possible to consume multimedia content from the most popular platforms such as YouTube or Netflix, as well as to play Android games as if it were a console using the remote control.

Android TV Box: the best X you can buy Xiaomi Mi Box

How could it be otherwise, Xiaomi has its own Android TV Box. And of course, it is one of the best in the market. The device of the China brand has specifications that place it among the most complete in its category, and is also one of the few that includes HDR and 4K video compatibility, in addition to offering users a Bluetooth remote control compatible with controls by voice.

Features

● Dimensions: 101 x 101 x 19.5 mm. 176 grams of weight.

● Processor and memory: Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz with 2GB RAM and 8GB storage

● Operating system: Android TV 8.0

● Support for Widevine: Yes. Level L1

● Maximum resolution: Up to 4K at 60 FPS with HDR

● Video formats supported: Profile VP9, H.265 HEVC MP-10 in L5.1, H.264 AVC HPat L5.1, H.264 MVC

● Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, Wi-Fi dual band 2.4GHz / 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 / 3.0

T95 S1 TV Box

Something less known than the Xiaomi model, but with very good opinions from those who have acquired it is the TV Box T95 S1. In this case, we are facing a device that runs Android 7.1 Nougat inside, and that incorporates both a remote control and a wireless mini keyboard to interact with the system in the simplest way. It is also a more affordable model because you can buy for less than 50 euros.

Features

● Dimensions: 14.5 x 9.7 x 2 cm

● Processor and memory: Amlogic S905W Quad Core Cortex-A53 with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage

● Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat

● Support for Widevine L1: No

● Maximum resolution: Up to 4K

● Supported video formats: HD MPEG1 / 2/4, H.264, HD AVC / VC-1, RM / RMVB, Xvid / DivX3 / 4/5/6, RealVideo8 / 9/1

● Connectivity: 10 / 100M Gigabit Ethernet, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.

Nvidia Shield TV

Undoubtedly, the best Android TV Box that exists today. Nvidia has worked hand in hand with Google to create the reference Android TV, and Shield TV has become the preferred model for thousands of people around the world. Unlike the rest, this model has integration with Google Assistant, and supports a maximum resolution of up to 4K at 60 fps, both when playing video and playing games. It is also one of the most powerful models that exist in the market, thanks to its Nvidia Tegra X1 processor.

Features

● Dimensions: 15,9 x 2,6 x 9,8 cm

● Processor and memory: NVIDIA TEGRA X1 with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB expandable storage.

● Operating system: Android TV 7.0

● Support for Widevine: Yes. Level L1

● Maximum resolution: 4K up to 60 fps

● Supported video formats: Xvid / DivX / ASF / AVI / MKV / MOV / M2TS / MPEG-TS / MP4 / WEB-M

● Connectivity: 2x USB 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2 × 2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.1 / BLE

VIDEN W2 Smart TV Box

When looking for an Android TV Box to buy, it is easy to see that the vast majority of existing models on the market have specifications that are practically traced, and the differences are reduced to aesthetic changes in the chassis of each model, or modifications in the software that run inside. This is the case of the VIDEN model, which shares specifications with other Android TV Box that we have already seen, although it does not stop being interesting, especially since its price does not reach 50 euros.

Features

● Dimensions: 107 x 107 x 20 mm

● Processor and memory: Amlogic Cortex-A53 quad-core with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM.

● Operating system: Android 7.1.2 Nougat

● Support for Widevine: No

● Maximum resolution: 4K

● Video: H.264 / H.265

● Connectivity: WIFI 2.4G 802.11 b / g / n. LAN / Ethernet: 10 / 100M, RJ-45 standard Ethernet

Android TV Box T9

We went up the level to find a model that, unlike those seen so far increases the version of Android up to 8.1 Oreo, in addition to mounting inside a somewhat higher technical specifications, led by 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Despite this, the price barely varies with respect to the models seen so far.

Features

● Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 1.7 cm

● Processor and memory: RK3328 Quad-Core Cortex-A53 with Mali-450 MP2 GPU with 4 GB ● RAM and 32 GB storage.

● Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo

● Support for Widevine: No

● Video formats: AVC / VC-1, RM / RMVB, Xvid / DivX3 / 4/5/6, RealVideo8 / 9/10

● Maximum resolution: Up to 4K and 3D option

● Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

TICTID AX9 MAX

We finish this selection of the best Android TV Box of 2019 with the TICTID AX9 MAX model, probably the device with the best value for money that can be found today. For less than 40 euros, we get an Android TV Box with Android 7 Nougat, quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, and a sober design that will go unnoticed anywhere.

Features

● Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 1,7 cm

● Processor and memory: Quad Core with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage.

● Operating system: Android 7.1

● Support for Widevine: No

● Maximum resolution: Up to 4K

● Supported video formats: RMVB, MPEG-4, VOB, 3GP, MPEG-2, DiVX, M4V, MP4, FLV, VC-1, RM, WMV, MKV, AVI, PMP, H.264

● Connectivity: AV, Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet, HDMI

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