Top 10 Best Selling TV Boxes (on GearBest)

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I’ve already written articles such as the “Best Android TV boxes in 2018” to help people select a TV box that matches their requirements, but today it will be a little different.

GearBest provides a speadsheet with discount and coupons to bloggers and YouTube reviewers (sadly not shareable link here), and this time I noticed they also list the top 10 best sellers in the TV box category.

Top 10 Best Selling TV Boxes

Those may not necessarily the best TV boxes, but at least many other people bought them, and you may get unofficial support via communities such as Freaktab or LibreELEC.

Withoutany further delay, here’s the list in no particular order and with prices for reference only as listed in the spreadsheet:

  • Mecool M8S PRO L 4K TV Box (Buy Link) –  Amlogic S912, 3GB RAM, 32GB flash, Android 7.1 – $75.99
  • W95 TV Box (2GB) (Buy Link) –  Amlogic S905W, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, Android 7.1 – $29.99
  • Mecool M8S PRO W TV Box (Buy Link) – Amlogic S905W, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, (unofficial?) Android TV OS –  $38.99
  • Beelink GT1 Ultimate TV Box (Buy Link)- Amlogic S912, 3GB DDR4, 32GB storage, Android 7.1  – $73.99
  • Mecool M8S PRO L 4K TV Box (16GB)  (Buy Link)-  Amlogic S912, 3GB RAM, 16GB flash, Android 7.1 – $73.99
  • W95 TV Box (1GB/8GB) (Buy Link) – Amlogic S905W, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, Android 7.1 – $25.54
  • X96 Mini AmlogicTV Box (Buy Link) –  Amlogic S905W, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, Android 7.1 – $41.42
  • Alfawise H96 Pro+ TV Box (Buy Link) – Amlogic S912, 3GB RAM, 32GB flash, ANdroid 7.1 – $76.99
  • Tanix TX3 Max TV Box (Buy Link) – Amlogic S905W, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Android 7.1 – $39.99
  • Xiaomi Mi Android Set-top Box (Buy Link) – Amlogic S905X-H, 2G RAM, 8G storage, official Android TV support – $72.63 (may need to select different warehouse for availability)

Just a few comments. First, it’s clearly Amlogic territory, and Rockchip based TV boxes did not make it to the list. Some models appears to be listed twice, but they have different memory or/and storage. Most models run Android 7.1 OS, but a few do run unofficial or official Android TV OS.  I may update the list in a few months or next year as it evolves.

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There is no official Android TV OS manufacturer in china (besides xiaomi)…

Stane1983
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There are… Link: https://sites.google.com/view/droid-tv/oem

Mecool M8S Pro W listed here is unofficial (not licensed). Mecool is brand of VideoStrong (which licensed one of their boards) but keep in mind that S905W SoC is not licensed by Google to run Android TV. Only S905X is (for now). Geniatech will go to mass production with their ATV boxes soon (if they did not already). And difference between licensed and unlicensed ATV is pretty much obvious when you compare prices 🙂

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theguyuk

So where are Amlogic boxes made?

s. hippy
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s. hippy

Great coverage. Interestingly the cheapo $25+ Beelink W95, a fantastic value, still seems listed at same price !

Question: Last time in the 2017/2018 Android Box article you mentioned dual Android+ OpenWrt/Debian boxes. How is the dual installation done?

I found this article, but are there other methods with pros/cons, any links?

https://www.xda-developers.com/guide-installing-and-running-a-gnulinux-environment-on-any-android-device/

What RAM/flash mem do we need in the minimum?

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Hi does any of this Android box support Alexa? The Amazon cube TV is underpowered with oudated hardware so am looking for an alternative.

Ron
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As I expected (and wrote here at cnx), a new mi box is coming soon.

My guess is that it would feature s905X2 and Android P TV edition.

.https://9to5google.com/2018/06/29/xiaomi-mi-box-android-tv-fcc-remote/

Postman Pat
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Postman Pat

ROFL, it will be virtually the same Specs internally with a BT Voice remote with more buttons.

Xiaomi cannot even put out stable Oreo Firmware let alone Android P
They are hopeless.

Ron
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Ron

If the specs would be the same, why make a new model? Just for the remote?
And s905X2 should be available very soon, so it would be pity if it wouldn’t be utilized in the upcoming mi box!