Best Cheap Android TVs Android Central 2019

Smart TVs are plentiful, but finding ones that are powered by Android TV can be a chore — especially if you're working with a smaller budget. Cheap Android TVs just aren't that popular in the U.S., but if you do a bit of digging, you can still find some pretty great options. We've done the hard work for you and rounded up our top picks for the best cheap Android TVs available right now in 2019 — our favorite of which is the Hisense 55H8F.

Best Overall: Hisense 55H8F

Out of all the cheap Android TVs out there, our top recommendation goes to the Hisense 55H8F. Hisense has long made some of the best value televisions on the market, and that point holds true here.

For a little over $500, the 55H8F gives you a roomy 55-inch screen that's plenty big for all of your movies, TV shows, and games without being overwhelming. In regards to picture quality, Hisense is using its ULED technology that aims to offer increased color, contrast, and brightness.

The 55H8F supports 4K video, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, and has a full array local dimming system with Hisense's Motion Rate 240 feature that promises super smooth playback for everything — especially high-action scenes.

Some owners have complained about weak built-in speakers and the CPU being a little slow at times, but for the price, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal.

Pros:

  • Not too big, not too small
  • 4K ULED
  • Dolby Vision HDR + HDR10
  • Full array local dimming

Cons:

  • Weak built-in speakers
  • OK performance

Best Overall

Hisense 55H8F

The best overall cheap Android TV.

The Hisense 55H8F is a TV that offers high-end features at a great price. It has a 55-inch ULED screen, supports 4K video, and HDR10.

Best Value: Skyworth E20300

This entire article is devoted to TVs that offer a good value, and one of the best in these regards is the Skyworth E20300. While the E20300 does cut some corners, being the cheapest TV on our list, it stands out as one of the best options for people that want to spend as little as possible.

For its wonderfully low price, the E20300 offers a 40-inch LED screen with a resolution of 1080p Full HD. The lack of 4K is a bummer, but at this price, is to be expected.

Powering the E20300 is an Infinity A53 quad-core processor, which Skyworth says allows for fast app loading times and smooth gameplay. The design of the TV is also nice, featuring a clean and minimalistic aesthetic that should hold up to the test of time quite nicely.

You can obviously spend more money and get a TV that's more impressive, but when it comes to value, the E20300 knocks it out of the park.

Pros:

  • Frameless design
  • Great for smaller rooms
  • LCD display technology
  • Quad-core processor
  • Two HDMI ports

Cons:

  • Max resolution of 1080p FHD
  • 40 inches might be too small for some people

Best Value

Skyworth E20300

A cheap Android TV that's an incredible value.

Want a lot of bang for your buck? The Skyworth E20300 TV is for you. You get a frameless design, 1080p resolution, and a quad-core processor.

Best Small Screen: Sony XBR43X800E

While big TVs seem to be all the rage, there's an argument to be made for smaller sets, too. They take up less space, are easier to fit in smaller rooms, and have a sharper picture quality since the pixels aren't being stretched across such a large area. If a small TV is what you're after, we'd recommend going with the Sony XBR43X800E. Super unsexy name aside, this is a TV easily outperforms the relatively low price Sony is asking for it.

The screen measures in at 43-inches and uses LED technology. Picture quality goes up to 4K Ultra HD, HDR support is here, and Sony's Triluminos Display technology aims to reproduce colors across a broader color palette so that they're more colorful and true-to-life. Similarly, Sony uses its X-Reality PRO processing to upscale non-4K content to make it look as sharp as possible.

You've got access to 4 HDMI ports to plug in all of your consoles and set-top boxes, in addition to two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. We do wish that Dolby Vision was included, but something's gotta give for such a great TV at such a low price.

Pros:

  • Lovely compact size
  • Native 4K + upscaling with X-Reality Pro
  • HDR
  • 4 HMDI ports

Cons:

  • Doesn't have Dolby Vision

Best Small Screen

Sony XBR43X800E

The best cheap Android TV with a smaller screen.

If you want a small TV, the Sony XBR43X800E gives you a 43-inch display, native 4K, HDR, and plenty of HDMI ports at a price that's hard to argue with.

Best Mid-Ranger: Sony X800G

Sony makes some of the best Android TVs on the market, and if you want something right in the middle of great features and value, the X800G is fantastic choice.

The first thing we really like is the X800G's 49-inch display. This offers a nice balance of offering plenty of screen real-estate without being too big, and for some buyers, could be the perfect fit. As for the quality of the screen, you're getting a 4K X-Realty PRO panel with support for HDR10 and HLG. In other words, all of your content will look crisp, colorful, and beautiful.

Also present is Sony's Motion Flow XR technology, which allows for smooth, lifelike motion. If you have smart speakers in your home, you can control theX800G using Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

While this is one of the pricier TVs on our list, the quality and features you're getting more than justify its cost. Plus, for a Sony panel and TV of this caliber, the asking price is actually quite competitive.

Pros:

  • Great screen size
  • 4K resolution
  • HDR10 support
  • Lifelike motion with Motion Flow XR
  • Works with Google Assistant and Alexa

Cons:

  • Not exactly a "cheap" TV for everyone

Best Mid-Ranger

Sony X800G

The best mid-range cheap Android TV.

The Sony X800G is a force to be reckoned with. It has incredible picture quality, a great screen size, and Sony's stellar design language.

Best Picture Quality: Sony X800E Series 55

Our last pick on the list is one that may not be the absolute best value, but when it comes to cheap Android TVs, it's one of the best-looking out there. It's the Sony X800E Series 55, and in regards to picture quality, it's a beast.

Along with a 55-inch screen size, you're getting a 4K Ultra HD resolution with support for HDR. Similar to the other Sony TV we talked about above, this one also uses the company's X-Reality Pro technology to upscale non-4K content to make it crisp and sharp in all the right ways. Also on display here is Sony's Triluminos Display to enable vibrant, vivid colors with more natural shades of red, green, and blue.

Rounding out the pros include support for frame dimming, four HDMI ports, and support for Amazon Alexa voice commands (something you won't find on Android TVs from any other manufacturer).

This is another TV that reaches the tiptop of the phrase "cheap," but considering everything it brings to the table, this is a bargain.

Pros:

  • 4K HDR picture quality
  • Sony's excellent Triluminos display tech
  • Frame dimming
  • Also works with Alexa
  • 4 HDMI ports

Cons:

  • Much more expensive than similarly-sized TVs

Best Picture Quality

Sony X800E Series 55

The best cheap Android TV with great picture quality.

In the market for a cheap Android TV that looks fantastic? The Sony X800E Series 55 delivers a premium all-around experience that's tough to beat.

Bottom line

As we stated above, buying a cheap Android TV can be a challenge. You don't want to buy something so cheap it'll fall apart on you in a week, and when you combine that with the lack of Android TV support from a lot of companies, your work is instantly cut out for you. Thankfully, the Hisense 55H8F stands out as something special.

It's a TV from a company you know and trust with all of the features you could want. The 55-inch screen size is perfect, the 4K resolution looks great, and the awesome ULED tech and HDR support make things that much better.

We're impressed with just how much Hisense is offering for such a low price, and if you're in the market for a cheap television running Android TV, this is likely your best bet.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Joe Maring Joe is Android Central's News Editor. He loves talking about all things tech, but smart wearables are what get him really excited (just ask the drawer of smartwatches in his office). He also likes coffee and goes to Starbucks far too often. Have a tip? Send an email to joe.maring@mobilenations.com or hit him up on Twitter @JoeMaring1

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