Netflix, iFlix, Hulu, Astro On-Demand; there are so many online movie platforms out there with different films and series on each of them. We want to watch them all but to subscribe to every single one is going to tear a hole in your wallet. To satisfy your movie cravings, it only makes sense to own an Android TV Box at home – because all the platforms can be accessed via one little box controlled by your smartphone. Yes, just a clean, stylish box; no wires and satellite dishes required.

With just the Android TV Box, a smart TV and WiFi, you can browse and access multiple entertainment platforms, stream movies online, and even play online games. The options are endless and they’re pretty affordable, too.

12 Top Android TV Boxes in Malaysia

  • T9 TV Android Box
  • Mecool M8S Pro L TV Box
  • NVIDIA Shield TV (Gaming Edition)
  • A95X Max Smart Android TV Box
  • T95Z Plus Android TV Box
  • Tx3 Mini Smart Android TV Box
  • Minix Neo U9-H AmLogic
  • Xiaomi Mi Box S 
  • MXQ 4K Ultra HD Android Tv Box
  • MXR Pro RK3328
  • UBOX 4 Unblock Tech Gen 4
  • TMall M17 Android Box

T9 TV Android Box

RM 139
add_circle No signs of lagging
add_circle Affordable
remove_circle Annoying remote control
remove_circle Wi-Fi speed is a little slow, have to rely on Ethernet instead

Specs | Processor: AQuadcore, Cortex A53 | GPU: ARM Mali-450MP2 | Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage | Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo

While not the cheapest, T9 is still a relatively affordable TV box for what it offers. You get speed, ample of storage and a responsive interface. Thanks to its high-performing GPU, the TV box supports 4K videos, 3D gaming and even 1080p online video calling. Other features include HDR, HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 - all which are pretty much welcome for better overall user experience and satisfaction. 

Performance Fast
Preinstalled Apps YouTube, Google Play Store, APK Installer, Iflix, NetFlix, Tea TV, Newest Movie HD, Megabox, and Popcorn Time, big variety of dramas such as Korean, Chinese, Malay, and Indian movies and TV shows.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes Has updated OS and bigger storage space!

 

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If you're in the market for an up-to-date, affordable and easy-to-use Android TV box, the T9 will do just fine. After all, it's a much nicer experience to watch shows on a bigger screen than a small one.

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Mecool M8S Pro L Smart Android TV Box

RM 349
add_circle Small & compact
add_circle Comes with pre-installed applications
remove_circle Works best on Internet speed above 4mbps

Specs | Processor: Amlogic S912 | GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3 | Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage | Operating System: Android 7.1

The Mecool M8S Pro L is tiny, but it packs a punch. While it operates best on speeds of 4MBPS or higher, it guarantees you high-definition viewing and gives you access to live sporting events, new film releases, and the latest episodes of your favourite TV shows.

A number of paid-for apps are pre-installed, ensuring that you’ll get your money’s worth! To top it off, any questions you have post-purchase will be handled quickly and professionally.

Performance Average
Preinstalled Apps YouTube, Google Play Store, APK Installer, Kodi 17.6, Iflix, NetFlix, Terrarium TV, Newest Movie HD, Megabox, and Popcorn Time, plus a vast variety of apps for Chinese, Malay, and Indian movies and TV shows.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes With vents all over this Android TV Box, you're at no risk of it overheating!

 

7.0
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Android TV Boxes are a great concept, but this one from MeCool has a long way to go before it's a convenient device, broadcasting crystal-clear TV shows and movies.

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NVIDIA Shield TV (Gaming Edition)

RM 999
add_circle 4K HDR streaming
add_circle Google Assistant built-in
add_circle Supports NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming
add_circle The controller is reportedly comfortable to use
remove_circle Pricier than other Android TV Boxes

Specs | Processor: NVIDIA® Tegra® X1 | GPU: 256-core GPU | Memory: 3GB RAM, 16GB Storage | Operating System: Android 8.0

NVIDIA is synonymous to coughing up powerful graphics cards for gaming and anything else similar. But did you know that they have an android box too? Made with ecosystem support of Google and Amazon, NVIDIA Shield TV is, not surprisingly, one of the best boxes for gaming.

That’s all thanks to 4K HDR support, this also makes the NVIDIA Shield TV pretty awesome for those looking to enhance their home theatre. Moreover, the box is “Smart Home Ready” which allows users to control other smart home devices. Not to mention, this gaming version also comes with a slick gaming controller!

Performance Fast
Preinstalled Apps YouTube, Google Play Movies, Play Music, Spotify, Netflix, Kodi and more.
Customer Support N/A
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes This powerful TV box is sure to give you a premium cinematic experience whether you use it for films or games!

 

More: 8 Best Android TV Boxes That Are Fun For Gaming

A95X Max

RM 260
add_circle Fast RAM built-in
add_circle Ability to capture screen recording
add_circle Fast Bluetooth Connectivity
remove_circle Manual booklet is not clear
remove_circle Old version of Kodi; needs to be updated manually

Specs | Processor: Amlogic S905X2 quad-core processor | GPU: ARM Dvalin MP2 ( Mali G31 MP2 ) | Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage | Operating System: Android 8.1

With plenty of speed and space to utilise, the A95X Max is a cheaper alternative to the infamous Nvidia Shield TV. While it doesn't possess a juicier processor that Nvidia's TV boxes have (duh), its ability to support 4K viewing together with its high RAM, updated processor and GPU makes the A95X Max a great TV box for both gaming and watching your favourite shows.

Not only that, but it's the first TV box to offer screen recording. Moreover, the TV box offers Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity together with 5G support. Such cool, advanced features for a TV box of this price!

Performance Fast
Preinstalled Apps Apps that feature the latest English, Chinese, Malay and Hindu movie and dramas, local channels such as TV1, 8TV, NTV7, Astro Awani, Korean drama apps, sports channel and more.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes Screen recording, 5G connectivity support, and also SATA 2.5 support to plug in your SSD or HDD!

 

T95Z Plus Android Smart TV Box

RM 238
add_circle Pre-installed apps with free accessibility
add_circle Attractive design
add_circle 2GB RAM, Octa-Core processor, and 16GB storage capacity ensure a smooth user experience
remove_circle Some people have experienced language issues upon rebooting the device, but switching back to English is a simple process
remove_circle Audio glitches when Dolby Digital 5.1 is activated

Specs | Processor: Amlogic S912 | GPU: ARM Mali-T820MP3 | Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage | Operating System: Android 7.1

The T95Z Plus Android Smart TV Box is an ideal option to connect your Smart TV to the world of online browsing. It also offers you a variety of preinstalled Malaysian Apps solely for your local viewing preferences.

With dual WiFi connectivity, this Android TV box has no monthly charges and is programmed with automatic updates on your latest movie and television programmes.

Performance Fast
Preinstalled Apps YouTube, Google Play Store, APK Installer, Kodi 17.6, Iflix, NetFlix, Terrarium TV, Newest Movie HD, Megabox, Popcorn Time, LiveNet TV, Mobdro, Cloud TV, Redbox TV, and a host of Indian, Malay, and Chinese apps.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from other Android TV Boxes The T95Z Plus plays all popular audio and video formats — perfect for music at a party, or showing your friends and family those holiday videos!

 

Tx3 Mini Smart Android TV Box (5G Wifi)

RM 199
add_circle Digital display
add_circle Lists of movies and dramas are automatically updated
add_circle Connectible to 5GHz Wi-Fi
remove_circle Slow Internet speed affects the quality of content

Specs | Processor: Amlogic S905X3, 64-bit quad core| GPU: G31™ MP2 | Memory: 2GB RAM, up to 64GB Storage | Operating System: Android 9.0

Newly updated from the old version in late 2019, the customised-for-Asian-clientele Tx3 Mini TV box is programmed with auto updates on all latest movies and television dramas. With a minimum of 16GB storage and working with up to 4GB memory power, the Tx3 Mini android box will allow you to stream and save hundreds of your favourite shows.

Specifics are highlighted with Kodi 17 and preinstalled with Malaysian apps to make your Android experience more convenient. The 4K Ultra HD on Tx3 Mini will serve you with crystal clear pixel images, a requisite with an amplified visual experience.

Performance Slow
Preinstalled Apps YouTube, Google Play Store, APK Installer, Kodi 17.6, Iflix, NetFlix, Terrarium TV, Newest Movie HD, Megabox, Popcorn Time, KODI. You also get access to numerous English, Chinese, Malay, and Indian viewing apps, as well as a huge number of live-streaming channels.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes It's still the most affordable Android TV Box on the market for the specifications it offers. Moreover, as it has seen a few revamps, the box operation is pretty stable

 

More: These 5 Smart TVs Will Bring Out the Couch Potato Within

Minix Neo U9-H AmLogic 

RM 569
add_circle Excellent KODI Krypton performance
add_circle Regular software updates
add_circle Good networking speed
remove_circle Some HDMI handshake issues
remove_circle Expensive for some people

Specs | Processor: Octa Core Cortex A53 Processor | GPU: Mali-820MP3  | Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage | Operating System: Android 6.1

The Minix Neo U9-H is the Android Box to go with if clarity matters to you. It boasts of achieving new heights in terms of viewing, and because of its price-tag, we assume that they’re not messing around. If you like your movies so clear that you can count the blades of grass in it, this is the Android Box for you.

It comes with Dolby Digital Audio technology, so the sound system isn’t too shabby, either. You’re definitely getting what you pay for (and a little more!) with this one.

Performance Average
Preinstalled Apps Google Play, YouTube, APK Installer, Kodi 17.6, IFlix, Netflix, Terrarium TV, Newest Movie HD, Popcorn Time, plus various viewing apps for movies, live sports, cartoons, and documentaries! Korean, Chinese, Malay, and Indian apps are included, too.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes Being an American Android TV box, you can expect a smooth interface and extreme durability! Plus, it works brilliantly with a Dolby Sound System.

 

Xiaomi Mi Box S

RM 239
add_circle Brand new remote control with voice control
add_circle Streams 1080p content without any issues
add_circle Google Assistant built-in
add_circle Great value
remove_circle 4K streaming is laggy
remove_circle Not so much of connectivity ports
remove_circle Cast doesn't work when box is off

Specs | Processor: Quad-core Cortex A53 | GPU: Mali 450 | Memory: 2GB RAM, 8GB Storage | Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo

The new version to Xiaomi's beloved Mi Box 3S now has sleek features such as 4K UHD and Dolby DTS surround support. But perhaps what users can look forward to is direct support from Google and Netflix, so you wouldn't have the hassle to download APK instead. It also has built-in Chromecast for easy continuation (send videos from your phone to the big screen). 

Additionally, with 5G support, you can enjoy quick connectivity with your TV box for fast streaming!

Performance Average
Preinstalled Apps Netflix, Youtube, Google Assistant, Chromecast, live channels from Malaysia and internationally.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes A budget option that offers high-end only features such as 4K HDR support, 5G WiFi, Netflix access directly, official Google certification and surround sound output. 

 

MXQ 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box

RM 109
add_circle More than 10,000 channels available to access
add_circle Stable Wi-Fi connection
remove_circle Low RAM built-in; takes longer time to load content

Specs | Processor: Rockchip RK3229 | GPU: Mali 450 | Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage | Operating System: Android 5.1

How would you like to triple your viewing pleasure with the MXQ 4K Ultra HD Android TV box? The MXQ offers you a dual pleasure for your television usage with its 4K Ultra HD setup enabling you to discover the high definition clarity of the images on your screen, as well as the watching the latest cinema release through online streaming.

And if that is not enough, the MXQ 4K Ultra HD presents you with more than 10,000 channels, only for your viewing fun. Stream the movies without any hitch and be entertained.

Performance Slow
Preinstalled Apps APK Installer, Android Play Store
Customer Support No
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes You’ve got access to over 10,000 channels — from almost every country, in most common Malaysian languages!

 

MXR Pro RK3328

RM 185
add_circle Built-in 4GB RAM for faster performance
add_circle Friendly user interface
remove_circle Poor gaming experience
remove_circle Netflix can only output 480P

Specs | Processor: RK3328 | GPU: Mali 450 | Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage | Operating System: Android 7.1

The perfect Android Box for those of you with massive televisions, the MXR Pro RK3328 supports up to 4K HD quality. Believe us; invite your friends over for movie night, and they’ll be in no rush to leave!

Performance Fast
Preinstalled Apps APK Installer, Genesis, YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Store
Customer Support No
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes With the RK3328, you’re guaranteed no remote-to-screen delay when playing with your new toy!

 

UBOX 4 Unblock Tech Gen 4

RM 558
add_circle Comes with a free air-mouse
add_circle 16GB flash RAM
remove_circle Majority of the apps come directly from China and doesn't come with an English translation

Specs | Processor: ARM Cortex A53 | GPU: Mali 400MP2 | Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB Storage | Operating System: Android 5.1

This Android Box is excellent for those of you with a vast variety of devices at home, as it supports tablets, phones, and PCs. No need for complaints — now everyone can connect to this!

Performance Fast
Preinstalled Apps A proprietary app that’ll serve up the best channels all day long, plus UBTV, UVOD, LeTV, and Mango TV.
Customer Support Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes Did we mention the proprietary app? Oh, we did? But did we also mention that you can access it (along with live sports, new movies, and so much more) for free, with no hidden costs? Yeah, we know. Awesome.

 

TMall M17 Android Box

RM 399
add_circle Auto-updates are set
add_circle Value for money
remove_circle Only Chinese language featured on the box, hence making things a little difficult in terms of home-use and programming

Specs | Processor: Amlogic S905X | GPU: Mali 450MP5 | Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB Storage | Operating System: Android 5.1

This adorable, cat-inspired Android Box isn’t just great because it’s so cute. It comes fully-loaded with multiple apps that you’re guaranteed to use; all completely free with this purchase! New movies and TV shows are automatically-updated, so you’ll never miss an episode again!

Performance Average
Preinstalled Apps Kodi, TV Add Ons, APK Installer, Android Play Store
Customer Service Yes
Differences from Other Android TV Boxes This one is geared towards Chinese users, so you’ll be able to watch all your Chinese TV shows and movies, with no problem!

 

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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What is an Android TV Box

Think Astro, but ten times better; simply because an Android TV Box can access movies from other platforms as well, including some channels from Astro itself. In a layman’s term, Android Box is a device that turns even the most basic TV into a smart TV. Connect it to the Internet, hook it up to your TV, and you’re set to binge-watch your favourite TV shows.

Many Android TV Boxes offer different services, depending on what you want to do. There are Android TV Boxes that cater to watching sports or the latest movies, custom music entertainment systems set up via your TV, or playing video games.

Why is it called an Android TV Box?

It is because it runs on an Android software, usually a version or two behind the latest updates. Good news, Apple fans. You don’t need to have an Android smartphone to use an Android Box. So if you’ve been wanting a smart TV but don’t have the budget to make this dream a reality, then consider getting an Android Box.

Where to buy an Android TV Box?

You can get them online

Lazada and Shopee are the best e-commerce site to buy a legit Android TV Box. They can be cheaper as well, especially during sale seasons, as compared to buying one of the brand’s official site, or worse, an unknown website. However, do pay attention to the sellers or re-sellers to make sure they are proper. Nevertheless, we’ve done that tedious job for you with our best options.

These stores sell legit Android TV Boxes

Not a fan of buying electronics online? Then head over to a Xiaomi Mi Store in Mid Valley or KLCC and get your Android TV Box. Upon buying, you can ask the store managers for some assistance, tip and tricks, and how to properly work an Android TV Box.

Besides, you can head over to Low Yat Plaza at Bukit Bintang to get one as well. There are plenty of brands, types and sizes with different prices on their shelves.

Is the Android TV Box legal?

The simple answer is, yes! However, it’s more complicated than that. Brands like Smart Android TV Box and Xiaomi Mi Box, T9 and Mecool M8S Pro are the few you should be eyeing. There are plenty of China-made TV Boxes that are still selling an illegal version of this product.

 If an Android TV Box is connected to an unauthorized cable connection or international connection that is not from a Malaysian landline, it also goes against the MCMC regulations. So, be sure to stay away from it.

When to buy an Android TV Box

Tech products are at their cheapest during the Black Friday sale and Cyber Monday Sale which happens 27 November 2020 and 30 November 2020 respectively. Can’t wait that long? Fret not, as Shopee throws a sale very often; like the Chinese New Year sale, and the 7.7 Sale.

Who needs an Android TV Box

If you love watching your shows on Netflix, iFlix and Astro On-The-Go, then you’ll love an Android TV box. Simply because you can stream these shows from just one platform instead of three (or more), plus you can watch them on your big TV screen. It’s perfect when you have guests over for movie nights, or when you’re on Couch-potato Mode on Sundays.

What can you watch on an Android TV Box

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Netflix, iFlix, YouTube, Hulu, Astro-On-Demand, Vevo, Prime Instant Video, you name it! You can basically watch any TV shows, TV series, movies and videos on any channels you want on an Android TV Box. Some brands come pre-installed with the channels mentioned above; however, you’re able to download the channels that you prefer too. You can stream live or old content as well.

Besides, some Android TV Boxes allows you to download or play online games as well. They will usually cost more, but that saves you from buying other game consoles that might take up space at your home and your credit card bill statement. 

What are the prices like?

There are plenty of Android TV Boxes in the market with different price range based on what they can do for you. If you are looking for a basic one, then go for one that cost between RM 100 to RM 350. They are good enough for a small TV. If you are watching your shows through an Ultra HD or 4k TV, then go for ones that can play movies up to the 4k quality. However, be ready to fork out about RM 500 and above, or even over RM 1000 if you are looking to play games on it.

Why you should buy an Android TV Box

No satellite dish, no wires snaking around the back of the TV console, no chunky decoders – but just a compact, space-saving TV box next to your television. What’s not to love? Besides, you can enjoy pre-installed apps on the TV Box immediately upon setting up. Some retailers have already installed the latest must-have apps for the Android TV box to save time, money, and bandwidth. If you're new to the world of Android Boxes or are looking for specific apps, you'll want to consider it.

You can access it quickly with just a click or two on your mobile phone and your favourite TV episode will be playing. Although they are all WiFi-enabled, you’ll still need an HDMI wire to plug the device in, if you’re using older television models that don’t support WiFi. They’re generally quick to install and setup is a breeze. Just a few minutes and you’re done. Enjoy your shows and popcorn. Just don’t forget to hit pause for bedtime…or for work!

How to choose an Android TV Box?

Performance is Key

In terms of performance, some Android TV Boxes operate on specific internet speeds. Should your internet speed drop below what's suggested, it may be challenging to achieve HD viewing or download a movie on time. Loading times on your games might also be slower than usual.

There's also the matter of space. If you're planning on downloading every season of Game of Thrones, then you're going to need a higher memory or one that is expandable with an external card. Don't forget about operating speeds; the higher the RAM, the faster your Android TV Box moves.

While 3GB and 4GB RAM are common, there are Android TV Boxes available with much higher RAM, which means a quicker controller-response time for you. If you don't want to be the schmuck who's pounding away on their unresponsive Android TV controller, you might want to consider this. Alternatively, you can also download an Android box remote control app to your smartphone or device to have a more seamless and comfortable control.

What are you using your Android TV Box for?

Think about whether you'll be using your Android TV Box for movies or TV, games, or if you just want to get work done on a larger, more comfortable screen. What apps will you need? Sometimes, you can even contact potential retailers to see what they offer. One more thing to take note of is that native TV box launchers may not be too user-friendly, so you may want to consider downloading your preferred Android TV box launcher to customize.

There are also Android TV Boxes, such as the Unblocks Ubox 4, that come with proprietary apps, allowing you access to various viewing methods exclusive to your Android TV Box. If a one-time payment in exchange for a lifetime subscription to live sports and video on demand sounds useful to you, this may also be something to think about!

Make sure your Android TV Boxes is SIRIM-certified

Another crucial thing about illegal Android TV Boxes is that if they're not certified by SIRIM (Standard and Industrial Research Institute), then it can't be used in Malaysia. Hence, it's crucial to know who and where to purchase an authorized Android TV Box with SIRIM's approval if you're planning to get one soon.

After-Sale Customer Service is Important

Upon purchasing a brand-new device, people want to be assured that they'll be guaranteed post-purchase support. If this is an important factor to you (and we know it matters to us!), be sure to choose a retailer who guarantees that they'll keep your firmware updated, talk you through any glitches or installation issues and that they'll definitely honour your warranty!

How To Set Up An Android TV Box?

Installing an Android TV Box is easier than you thought. Although there will be a manual in each box, let’s run you through the simple steps. First, connect the device to your smart TV via the HDMI cable. Secondly, switch on your TV, to the HDMI port that’s used. The image and information will appear, and both your Android TV Box and TV should be connected to your WiFi by now. Follow the simple installation process, and you will be able to enjoy your movies in a few minutes.

If your TV is the older version and is not able to connect to the WiFi, fret not, there’s another way. After plugging in the Android TV Box and switching your TV mode to the HDMI port used, download the TV Box’s app on your phone (the specific name will be stated in the manual). From the app on your phone, connect to the Android TV Box via the WiFi. Then, set it up from there, and within a few minutes, you’ll be able to binge-watch your favourite TV shows.

Alternatively, you can just watch this video! 

How To Use An Android TV Box?

Using an Andriod TV Box is fairly simple. The device comes with a remote control. Firstly, you got to power up your TV and switch to the plugged HDMI port. Then, use the remote control from the Android TV Box to browse through the platform you wish to use, choose your movie, and taa daa!

Smart devices like your big screen and TV Boxes are conquering homes, making them smarter and tech-filled unlike before. That being said, smart devices come with plenty of hidden tricks, and we've gathered some tips for you on how you can make full use of your electronics.

Turn your Smartphone into a remote control

Just like the Google Chromecast series, they will require your Smartphone to act as a remote control every time you're using the device. Although TV Boxes do come with sleek, lightweight remote controls, using them to type something on your TV is not the fun at all. That’s when your smartphone comes in.

Head over to the Google Playstore, download the Android TV Remote Control app and connect it to your TV Box via Bluetooth or WiFi. That way, you can navigate your way through much easier.

Surf the web on your TV Box

You can download any app on your TV Box, including Google Chrome. So, take this opportunity to browse the web via your big screen in your cosy living room; especially when you’re IMDB-ing the latest movies or films that you’ve missed in the past. When you’re done, switch over to your preferred channels or stream the movies online and watch it immediately.

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