Best Cheap 4K TVs Android Central 2021
Regardless of why you need a new TV, you'll end up wanting or needing one at some point. And not everyone wants to throw thousands of dollars at a television, but thankfully, you don't need to. With the advancements in technology, you can get a 4K TV with a bunch of awesome features without needing to empty the piggy bank. Plus, when you find televisions that offer as great of a value as with the Samsung TU8000, you don't need to spend a boatload of dough. These are the best cheap 4K TVs you can get today!
- Best Overall: Samsung TU8000
- Upgrade Pick: Sony X800H
- Best for Amazon: Toshiba Fire TV
- Best for Android TV: Skyworth Q20300
- Best for Roku: TCL S525
- Best for Dolby Experience: Hisense H8G
Best Overall: Samsung TU8000
One thing in the tech world is undeniable — Samsung makes some fantastic displays. It doesn't matter if you're in the budget smartphone market, or the high-end television market, you'll find great displays everywhere you go. The Samsung TU8000 doesn't fall on the "high-end" of the spectrum, so you won't find Samsung's QLED panel here, but it still checks a lot of boxes.
There's a TV size option for just about every application you can think of. Sizes range from 43 inches up to 85 inches, so all of your needs are covered (and then some). The ultra-thin bezels on the TU8000 will immerse you and keep your attention on the movie, and 4K upscaling will help you watch those movies from the 90s that haven't been remastered yet.
The Samsung TU8000 checks a lot of boxes for those looking for a new TV, including having some "smarts" from Alexa and Bixby. However, you won't find any Dolby certification here, likely so Samsung could keep costs down. Another potential source of frustration is that there are only two HDMI ports built-in. So if you use something like a Chromecast or Shield TV, you'll likely end up needing an HDMI splitter.
- Ultra-thin bezels
- Many sizes to choose from
- Built-in Alexa and Bixby support
- 4K Upscaling
- Not Dolby Atmos certified
- Only two HDMI ports
Upgrade Pick: Sony X800H
On paper, you may not think that the Sony X800H is a "budget-friendly" television, thanks to the long and impressive feature list and high price, but for what you get, it's a great value. The TV is Dolby Atmos certified, has 4K upscaling, and ultra-slim bezels so you can get the best picture quality possible. That's not even to mention the various other features to enhance the playback quality of whatever you are watching.
While the picture is great, and the sound quality is just OK, there is one additional feature in the X800H that you may jump up and down about. Android TV is built right in so you can Cast your favorite content, download familiar apps, and get a smooth interface without plugging in a Chromecast or Shield TV. To turn things up another notch or two, Sony has included Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay support.
MotionFlow XR and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer aim to fill the gaps where the display itself falls short. This includes the 60Hz native refresh rate and a lack of HDR capabilities. Netflix has started implementing some guidelines for calibration when viewing content using the app. This "Netflix Calibrated Mode" has started making its way onto more and more TV sets, but you won't find it with the X800H. Yes, you'll still be able to watch your favorite Netflix shows, but the playback quality may not be exactly as the streaming giant intended it.
- Dolby Atmos certified
- 4K Upscaling
- Android TV built-in
- Multiple features to improve playback quality
- Alexa, AirPlay support
- Native refresh rate limited to 60Hz
- Lack of HDR capabilities
- Does not feature Netflix Calibrated Mode
Best for Amazon: Toshiba Fire TV
After being all but forgotten, Toshiba finally released the updated version of its 4K UHD Fire TV Edition. This comes in two different size options, 43 and 50 inches, gives you access to 4K Ultra HD content, and is based on Amazon's Fire TV platform. You can finally get rid of that Fire Stick hanging off the back!
Unlike other options on this list, the Fire TV has Dolby Vision certification and HDR playback compatibility. This will give you incredible picture quality. You'll also be able to stream from your favorite services without needing to plug something else into your TV. With the included Voice Remote, you'll get Alexa in your hands, and can just ask to turn something on with the press of a button and your voice.
The Fire TV 2020 Edition is such a great value, even if you don't use Amazon's services, that, and we wish that more size options were available. Even going up to 55 inches would have been a sight for sore eyes, but you'll have to hope that these options are enough. Gamers also might have a bit of an issue using the Fire TV, as the refresh rate comes in at just 60Hz, so you may experience some stuttering when the next-gen consoles hit the market.
- Alexa built into remote
- Compatible with VESA wall mounts
- Dolby Vision certified
- Only two sizes to choose from
- Refresh rate limited to 60Hz
Best for Android TV: Skyworth Q20300
As is the case with smart home speakers and mobile voice assistants, the battle for your smart TV seems to come down to Google's Android TV versus Amazon's Fire TV. The problem is there aren't as many Android TV options available, short of picking up a Shield TV or using a Chromecast. That presents a portion of the market up for grabs, which the Skyworth Q20300 is capitalizing on.
The TV itself features ultra-thin bezels, measuring in at just 1mm thick. In addition to getting Android TV, the Q20300 also gives you built-in Bluetooth and an Ethernet port, which will definitely come in handy. The same goes for the included smart remote, which has a dedicated Assistant button, and shortcuts for Netflix, Youtube, and the Play Store.
While having Android TV is great, dealing with software updates can end up being a pain. That's when you'll likely want to take advantage of the Ethernet port, so your updates can install faster than if you are using Wi-Fi. Gamers will also want to take a second look at the Q20300 with its limited 60Hz refresh rate, which should be fine for current-gen consoles, but likely won't work as well for the next batch. Finally, those who still rely on RCA inputs will want to pick up some adapters, as the Q20300 does not have any RCA ports installed.
- Android TV built-in
- 1mm bezels
- Smart remote includes Google Assistant
- Built-in Bluetooth and Ethernet
- Refresh rate limited to 60Hz
- Does not include RCA inputs
- Software updates can take longer than others
Best for Roku: TCL S525
TCL's budget-minded television has been updated for 2020 and is quite an impressive value, given the price point and what you get. For your streaming needs, the built-in Roku provides the foundation for downloading all of your favorite streaming apps and services. There's even a Roku TV app that can be installed on your phone to control your TV, along with using your preferred voice assistant.
TCL really nailed it in regards to picture quality. The S525 is certified for Dolby Vision HDR, which is fantastic considering the price point. Regardless of whether you need a 43-inch TV or a 65-inch one for gamedays, there's an option for everyone here. Plus, gamers can get excited about this one with its native 120Hz refresh rate and ultra-thin bezels to go along with the "Auto Game Mode" to ensure your gameplay is as smooth as possible.
The problem with Roku providing the backbone for your television controls and streaming needs is that you will have to deal with the occasional ads appearing. These aren't super-intrusive, but can definitely be an annoyance when you're browsing around or trying to find a new app to install. While Dolby Vision HDR certification is in-tow, you won't find any Dolby Atmos here. The sound quality of the S525 is nothing to write home about, so you'll likely want to snag a soundbar to enhance the experience.
- Dolby Vision HDR-certified
- Roku TV built-in
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Ultra-thin bezels
- Ads can appear from time-to-time
- Audio quality is not the greatest
Best for Dolby Experience: Hisense H8G
It's tough to argue against the quality of a QLED television, but the Hisense H8G with its ULED display is still great. This TV is both certified for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos while offering a great HDR experience and up to 700 nits of brightness. For context, high-end HDR televisions usually max out around 2,000 nits, so getting almost half of that is pretty solid with the H8G.
The H8G comes in four different sizes, ranging from 50 inches (if you can find it) and maxing out at 75 inches. One great addition that is making its way to more TVs is the built-in Android TV for your streaming needs. You'll get access to your favorite streaming apps, an intuitive interface, and Google Assistant support all-in-one package.
Gamers can rejoice with the Automatic Game Mode, but this Game Mode has to do a little bit of work since the H8G is only equipped with a native refresh rate of 60Hz. Hisense had to cut corners somewhere, and refresh rate is one place it decided to do so. Another downside is with its weight, as the 55-inch model weighs a bit more than similar TVs at this price point. Having Dolby Atmos certification is fantastic for this television, but if you rely on an Optical Audio Output, you'll be out of luck, as Hisense did not include one.
- Dolby Atmos and Vision certified
- Android TV built-in
- Automatic Game Mode improves gaming
- 60Hz Refresh rate
- No Optical Audio outputs
- Heavier than similar models
With so many cheap 4K televisions available, it can be tough to figure out which models are good, and which you should just ignore. However, when you come across the Samsung TU8000, you realize you can still get the complete package. It has ultra-thin bezels, 4K Upscaling, and a number of size options. It even has a 120Hz refresh rate to help the picture look smooth and to make gaming easy.
You really can't go wrong with the TU8000, as it's already rated as one of the best Samsung TVs you can buy, and you don't have to empty the bank just to get one for yourself. There's just about every major feature you could want, short of Dolby Atmos certification and the lack of more HDMI ports. But there are even ways for you to get your favorite shows, movies, or games up and running while looking fantastic.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter, and he'll get back to you.
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