The best Google-certified Android TV boxes you can buy in South Africa

Online streaming is becoming increasingly popular among South Africans, with users subscribing to services like Netflix and Showmax which are much cheaper than conventional satellite television.

This is further enabled by the availability of Android TV boxes, which support media apps such as Netflix, DStv Now, Showmax, and more.

While many smart TVs support Google Cast and platform apps, PC web browsers, iOS handsets, and Android devices are usually first in line to receive support from big companies.

This means that if you have an outdated smart TV from a big brand, you may not receive native support on your living room display for certain streaming services.

Media boxes provide a solution to this problem, although many available for purchase in South Africa are not Google-certified, which means that many official applications like Netflix and DStv Now are not supported.

Google-certified

Google-certified devices offer support for all official apps as well as official versions of the Android TV OS.

They also provide great performance for their size and price, and many Google-certified Android TV boxes in South Africa feature similar hardware – namely the Amlogic S905X chipset.

This chip allows for 4K video support at 60 frames per second and supports HDR playback.

We have listed some of the best Google-certified Android TV boxes available in South Africa, cross-referencing hardware listed at online retailers with Google’s official list of certified products.

Below are the best Google-certified Android TV boxes available in South Africa.


Ematic 4K Android TV Box

Ematic 4K TV Box

Ematic 4K Android TV Box
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU ARM Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 8.1
Connectivity 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,350

Telkom LIT Box

Telkom LIT Box

Telkom LIT Box
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU ARM Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 8.1
Connectivity 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,099

MediaBox Ranger

MediaBox Ranger

MediaBox Ranger
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 8.0
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,699

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K

Xiaomi Mi S 4K

Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Cortex A53
GPU Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 8.1
Connectivity 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,450

MeCool KM8

MeCool KM8

KM8
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 16GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 8.0
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,495

MyGica ATV495Max

Mygica ATV495 Max

MyGica ATV495Max
Output 4K @ 60fps HDR
CPU Amlogic S905X
GPU Mali 450
RAM 2GB DDR3
Storage 16GB eMMC
Operating System Android TV 7.1.2
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet
Ports 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, SD Card, 3.5mm audio
Price R1,399

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