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New Android TV Device By Xiaomi

Not a leak but a listing, perhaps by mistake, revealing the new Android TV device by Xiaomi has come up from Gearbest. The brand-new Xiaomi Mi TV Stick running on Android TV OS. The device has been already confirmed that will start selling on May 2020 so we are either way really close.

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Price

It’s very curious that while the listing doesn’t feature a price for the Android TV Stick, the $79.99 price does show up at the retailer’s search page. The cost of the device looks like a flash sale but it can also prove to be a price for those who just get the Mi TV Stick for first.

Specifications of the Mi TV Stick

Diving into the specs, the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick will be running just with a little better specs as the previously released Xiaomi Mi Box S. but in a smaller size. The Mi TV stick comes with the Amlogic S905Y2 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The GPU is a Mali-G31. But we should wait for official confirmation since the listing displays the device as “Mi Box S,” which means this could be just a copy and paste from the previous listings until GearBest has updated information. That mention could also be a typo, and these specs may be correct. According to the Gearbest listing, the Mi TV Stick also supports 4K HDR, DTS-HD audio, Dolby Stereo Sound, Dual-Band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and a USB 3.0 Type-C port for charging.

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 2020

Considerations about the new Mi TV Stick

However, the $79.99 price listed in the search results is higher by almost 25% from the Xiaomi Mi Box S, which retailed for $59.99 at launch. And we are not even sure if that ends up being the final price for the new Xiaomi Mi TV Stick. The listing is showing as a “Flash Sale”. That can also mean that the final price may be $100 after the flash sale ends.

I really wished the new Android TV device from Xiaomi would have better specs. While I am 100% sure that the performance will be absolutely great, it would have been very appreciated if Xiaomi updated the specs to a more 2020 device. Let’s just hope that as with the Nvidia Shield TV 2019, we will see a PRO version by Xiaomi too.

In any case, as the previous Mi Box S has been one of our best Android TV Box devices, we are confident that Xiaomi will not disappoint us with this new model.

Android 10 On Android TV

Android 10 is out and Google has kept its promise as of this September announcing Android 10 on Android TV until the end of the year. After taking a while for Android 9 Pie in order to arrive also on Android TV devices, this time Google delivered in time the latest version of Android. As Android TV becomes day by day more popular so is Google’s plans for the platform.

“When Android TV was first introduced in 2014, we set out to bring the best of Android into the connected home on the TV,” Google wrote in their Android TV OS blog post. “We worked closely with the developer community to grow our content and app ecosystem and bring users the content they want. Since then, we’ve seen tremendous momentum with OEM and operator partners as well as consumer adoption worldwide.”

Nexus Player Evolution – The ADT-3

To make sure developers have the ability to build and test Android TV app implementations on Android 10 prior to rollout, Google introduced a new, developer-focused streaming media device called ADT-3.

With a quad-core A53, 2GB of DDR3 memory and 4Kp60 HDR HDMI 2.1 output, Google designed this pre-certified TV dongle with updates and security patches to help developers design for the next generation of Android TV devices. That is extremely helpful for third-party manufacturers like Nvidia, Xiaomi, Sony, etc but also for app developers. But do not expect to be able to get one as a consumer. The super small device is only for developers. And as more and more people are wishing for a Pixel TV device, for now the only real device that delivers all the latest updates is still the Nvidia Shield TV.

Sideload Apps On Android TV

Best and Easiest Way To Sideload Apps On Android TV devices likes the Nvidia Shield TV, Xiaomi Mi Box S, Mecool KM9 Pro, Sony TV and any Android TV. Now you can sideload apks in a very simple and fast way! Lately the trend by Google is to avoid sideloading apps, or at least in an easy way on Android TV devices. But this is an option that is very useful since not all the applications are available on the Android TV Google Play Store. That makes sideloading apps a must for any Android TV user.

Easiest Way To Sideload Apps With Google Drive

If you struggle to sideload apps on Android TV, then look no further. You can now easily download Android apps on your computer or smartphone and then launch the app on your Android TV device. This is achieved by using the Gdrive application, Google Drive, on any device. Google Drive works on any operating system: Android, Windows, iOS, MacOS and more. Then on your Android TV device you can easily access that cloud space by using a File Manager. My preferred and free that has this ability is X-plore File Manager that can be found on the Android TV Google Play Store. Also ES Explorer works great too but lately I cannot find on Google Play for Android TV devices.

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MECOOL KM9 Pro Android TV 9.0 Box S905X2 4GB / 32GB Review

Today we are reviewing the Mecool KM9 Pro Android TV 9.0 Pie. It is an Android TV device powered by the latest Amlogic S905X2 CPU a ARM Mali G31 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage.
On paper it has everything for a great Android TV experience, so let’s begin with an unboxing of the KM9 Pro and let’s see also the performance on Video Playback, Benchmarks on Antutu and GeekBench, Speedtest, Gaming, Netflix, IPTV and more.

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Mecool KM9 Pro Specifications

GeneralBrand: MECOOL 
Model: KM9 Pro
Type: TV Box 
HardwareOS:  Android TV 9.0
CPU: Amlogic S905X2  
GPU: Mail-G31 MP2 Cortex A53,Quad Core 
RAM: 4GB DDR4
ROM: 32GB eMMC
CommunicationWIFI: 2.4G/ 5G WiFi
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
LAN: 100M
Media Decoder Format: HD MPEG1/2/4, H.265, HD AVC/VC-1, RealVideo8/9/10, RM/RMVB 
Video format: AVI, DAT, ISO, MKV, MOV, RM, WMV 
Audio format: AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, RM, WMA 
Photo Format: GIF, HD JPEG, PNG, TIFF 
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
InterfaceAV, DC Power Port, LAN, TF card slot, USB2.0, USB3.0,HDTV
Other FeaturesLanguage: Multi-language 
HDMI Version: 2.1 
Other Functions: Airplay, DLNA 
HDMI Function: HDCP
Max. Extended Capacity: TF card up to 32GB (not included)
Power Power Supply: Charge Adapter 
Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode 
Power Adapter Output: 5V 2A
Remote Controller Battery: 2 x AAA Battery ( not included )
Dimensions&WeightProduct weight: 0.1300 kg
Package weight: 0.5350 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.90 x 10.80 x 1.66 cm / 4.29 x 4.25 x 0.65 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 19.50 x 13.50 x 6.50 cm / 7.68 x 5.31 x 2.56 inches
Package Contents1 x TV Box
1 x IR Remote Control
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Power Adapter
1 x English Manual

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Xiaomi Mi Box Sale

If you are looking for a great deal in Android TV OS then the time is right to get one of the best devices for way less. I am talking about the Xiaomi Mi Box that now sales for just $49.99 or 45.25€ on Gearbest in a flash sale. The offer is limited to the available devices and will not repeat.

As a frequent user of the Xiaomi Mi Box I can highly recommend it. The specific model is considered the older version of Xiaomi Mi Box S which basically is the same model. The small differences in the remote control, design of the external housing and the remote will mean nothing to most users. As a matter of fact I still prefer the “old” version of the remote way better than the new version which seems a little cheap in comparison with the previous.

Xiaomi Mi Box Sale For Under $50 / 45.€

Hardware Analysis And Differences

Hardware-wise the devices are identical. The only reason Xiaomi has done an updated version is mainly the issues they faced with the software updates. And in order to come clean, they preferred to update the whole Xiaomi Mi Box brand. They both are powered by an Amlogic S905X g40bit CPU with 4 cores at 2.0GHz, a Mali GPU 450, 2GB DDR3 RAM and Internal Memory of 8GB (eMMC). The 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI output and the AV output. The Mi Box S supports the Chromecast Ultra instead of the standard Chromecast of the Mi Box and a slighter newer version of Bluetooth.

Considering the hardware, performance and overall value, the Xiaomi Mi Box is an amazing deal. With this Xiaomi Mi Box sale for just under $50, is the best Android TV OS device you can get and let’s not forget, the most affordable device if you are looking for a Netflix HD / UHD compatible device! If you want more on the Xiaomi Mi Box devices, you can also check my review of the Xiaomi Mi Box S with a small comparison to the previous model here: https://dimitrology.com/xiaomi-mi-box-s-4k-hdr-android-tv-box-review-benchmark.

Xiaomi Mi Box Specification

GeneralBrand: Xiaomi 
Type: TV Box 
GPU: Mali-450 
System: Android 8.0
CPU: Cortex A53 
Core: 2.0GHz,Quad Core 
RAM: 2G 
RAM Type: DDR3 
ROM: 8G 
Color: Black
Media SupportedDecoder Format: H.265 
Audio format: DTS 
Video format: 4K x 2K,H.264,H.265,VP9 Profile-2 
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: No
Product Details5G WiFi: Yes 
WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 
Bluetooth: Support 
Power Supply: Charge Adapter 
Interface: AV,DC Power Port,HDMI,USB2.0 
Language: English 
DVD Support: No 
HDMI Version: 2.0 
Other Functions: Others 
External Subtitle Supported: No 
HDMI Function: HDCP
Firmware InformationSystem Bit: 64Bit
Power RequirementPower Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Battery InformationRemote Controller Battery: 2 x AA battery ( not included )
Dimensions and WeightProduct weight: 0.3000 kg 
Package weight: 0.5400 kg 
Product size (L x W x H): 15.00 x 15.00 x 6.00 cm / 5.91 x 5.91 x 2.36 inches 
Package size (L x W x H): 20.00 x 20.00 x 10.00 cm / 7.87 x 7.87 x 3.94 inches
Package ContentsPackage Contents: 1 x Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x HDMI Cable, 1 x English Manual

Great opportunity to get the brand new Android TV Mecool KM9 from Gearbest on a flash sale for just $53.99 / €47.94 / £43.09 the lowest price ever until now!

Powered by Android 8.1 TV OS, the Mecool KM9 comes with the latest version from Amlogic the S905X2 64-bit CPU, a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, 4GB of DDR4 and 32GB of internal storage. It also comes with Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth v4.1 and of course a remote control with which you can fully control your Android TV device. Great and exciting features as we see also on the device. Finally a good looking device and with a new LED on the front that can change color depending the state and the functions. Also great to see finally a USB 3.0 on an Android TV device, which is located on the side of the device along with another USB 2.0 and an SD Card slot. On the back of the device we find a DC-in, the HDMI output, the Ethernet 100M port and an AV out.

What is missing from the Mecool KM9 is the optical output that some people really look for but my guess is that most people nowdays will just use the HDMI as in other devices, like the NVidia Shield TV or the AV out for a soundbar.

Great video performance of this device thanks to the new CPU always very capable to 4K playback at 60fps, capable also of 4K UHD HDR, HEVC 10 Bit. But also for other Android applications is very capable, even gaming since the processor is good enough, although not at the NVidia Shield TV level, but also the 4GB DDR4 help a lot with multitasking and heavy apps. Supports the latest version of KODI 18 Leia and also the new feature with voice search inside KODI through the remote control. On the Google Play Store Android TV version you can find a lot of exciting titles, that said you can also sideload any “vanilla” Android application you want.

Overall a great device and an excellent opportunity for a future-proof device by Mecool. For more info and in order to buy it on a flash sale for just $53.99 / €47.94 / £43.09 visit the link: https://goo.gl/E1YqmF

Mecool Km9

Specification

GeneralBrand: MECOOL
Model: KM9
Type: TV Box
System: Android
CPU: Amlogic S905X2
Core: Cortex A53,Quad Core
RAM: 4G
RAM Type: LPDDR4
ROM: 32G
Max. Extended Capacity: TF card up to 32GB (not included)
Media SupportedDecoder Format: “HD MPEG1/2/4,H.265,HD AVC/VC-1,RealVideo8/9/10,RM/RMVB
Video format: AVI,DAT,ISO,MKV,MOV,RM,WMV
Audio format: AAC,FLAC,MP3,OGG,RM,WMA
Photo Format: GIF,HD JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
Product Details5G WiFi: Yes
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: AV,DC Power Port,LAN,TF card,USB2.0,USB3.0
Language: Multi-language
HDMI Version: 2.1
Other Functions: Airplay,DLNA
HDMI Function: HDCP
Power RequirementPower Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Power Adapter Output: 5V 2A
Battery InformationRemote Controller Battery: 2 x AAA Battery ( not included )
Dimension and WeightProduct weight: 0.1500 kg
Package weight: 0.4300 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.00 x 10.00 x 1.75 cm / 3.94 x 3.94 x 0.69 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 17.90 x 11.00 x 6.50 cm / 7.05 x 4.33 x 2.56 inches
Package ContentsPackage Contents: 1 x TV Box, 1 x Remote Control, 1x HDMI Cable, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x English Manual

A great flash sale over at GearBest for a very much loved Android TV box selling for just $29.99 / €26.37 / £23.67. The Mecool M8S PRO W is the “light” version of the excellent M8S PRO but comes with the cheaper SoC by Amlogic S905W 64bit Quad-core CPU and an ARM Mali-450 Penta-core GPU which nevertheless has an still an amazing performance in media player applications like KODI , Plex and all similar IPTV and/or Streaming APKs.

For this amazingly low price you get the same top quality by the M8S PRO by Mecool powered by Android 7.1.2 Nougat and supported by 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and WiFi 2.4G b/g/n.

M8S PRO W BLACK FRIDAY

On the back of the Mecool M8S PRO W we find the HDMI 2.0 port, the Ethernet / LAN port, the power DC-in and the AV output. On the left side of the device there are also 2 X USB 2.0 and a SD Card Slot reader for an extra storage of 32GB which you can also set as the default internal storage.

With the already pre-installed Google Playstore you can download any app or game and having the latest of Android 7 gives you endless possibilities. Performance in KODI 17.6 Krypton and KODI 18 Leia is very fast and very responsive. The playback is flawless and supports any kind of video format up to 4K at 30fps without any stuttering or frame loss. Streaming is also fast whether you use the Ethernet or the WiFi connection. To put it simple, for your daily KODI experience is on par with other, more expensive devices.

Really impressive value for money and especially now with the flash sale for just $29.99 / €26.37 / £23.67 from: https://bit.ly/2CUd4ST

GeneralBrand: MECOOL
Model: Mecool M8S PRO W
Type: TV Box
Processor: Amlogic S905W
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53
Core: Quad Core
GPU: Mali-450
RAM: 2G RAM
RAM Type: DDR3
ROM: 16G ROM
Max. Extended Capacity: 32G
Media SupportedDecoder Format: H.264,H.265,RealVideo8/9/10,Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6
Video format: 3GP,AVI,DIVX,FLV,H.264,M4V,MKV,MP4,MPEG2,MPEG4,RM,RMVB,VC-1,VOB,WMV
Audio format: AAC,APE,FLAC,M4A,OGG,WAV,WMA
Photo Format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Product DetailsBluetooth: Bluetooth4.0
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: 3.5mm Audio,DC 5V,HDMI,RJ45,TF card,USB2.0
Language: English,Germany,Japanese,Korean,Multi-language,Simplified Chinese
Other Functions: Airplay,Miracast
Power RequirementPower Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Dimension and WeightProduct weight: 0.1100 kg
Package weight: 0.4200 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.20 x 10.20 x 2.10 cm / 4.02 x 4.02 x 0.83 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 17.90 x 11.50 x 6.20 cm / 7.05 x 4.53 x 2.44 inches
Package ContentsPackage Contents: 1 x TV Box, 1 x IR Remote Control, 1 x HDMI Cable, 1 x English User Manual

The brand-new XIAOMI Mi Box S is here and for the launch event, there is a pre-order promotion from GearVita by using the coupon MiBoxSA you can get it for the amazing price of just $55.24 / €48.15 / £42.9! After the huge success of the Xiaomi Mi TV Box, the Chinese company decided it is time for a new and updated version also for the International market. In China we had various different versions that came out but now it is also official that the new Internation version is out and even if it is just a pre-order, it should be ready to ship in the next days! So this is the chance to get it among the first people but also with an amazingly low price.

Powered by the latest Android TV OS 8.1 Oreo, the Xiaomi Mi Box S is the perfect companion to watch your favorite Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, SlingTV, KODI, Plex shows and series. All the power of Google Assistant with the dedicated remote control that listen to your commands without the need of typing anything. Capable of gorgeous 4K UHD HDR and Dolby DTS is perfect as your home theater central unit. Supports Netflix HD – 4K, Youtube 4K and inside the Google Play Store Android TV section you will find a lot of amazing applications that will boost your home entertainment experience.

Xiaomi Mi Box S pre-order sale!

Driven by a Cortex-A53 Quad-core 64bit CPU and a Penta-core Mali-450 is also capable of gaming. The 2GB of RAM alongside with the 8GB of internal storage may sound just enough but as Xiaomi showed us with the previous generation, it isn’t all about the specs. In fact one of the most enjoyable devices to use was it’s predecessor and that is enough for most people to know that also the new Xiaomi TV Box S will be an amazing device.

On the back of the Xiaomi Mi Box S once again we find an AV output, an HDMI 2.0a, 1 X USB 2.0 and the DC-in. It is a little disappointing this Zen approach from Xiaomi, I was expecting at least 1 USB 3.0 and finally an Ethernet port but nevertheless the recipe is already proven to be a hit. The WiFi connectivity, one of the major advantages of the previous generation is still great with Dual Band WiFi 2.4Ghz & 5GHz as well 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dfor super-fast wireless. Bluetooth is also very good with version 4.2 so you can easily connect devices, especially a gamepad if you plan gaming with it.

Overall, a great device with an amazing offer for this International launch, just $55.24 / €48.15 / £42.9!  by adding the coupon code MiBoxSA after adding the device in your cart and check-out. For more and in order to buy it visit the link: http://shrsl.com/18yja

 

Specifications:

GeneralBrand: Xiaomi

Model: Mi BOX S

Type: TV Box

GPU: Mali-450

System: Android 8.1

CPU: Cortex A53

Core: Quad Core

RAM: 2G

RAM Type: DDR3

ROM: 8G

Max. Extended Capacity: 64G

TV Box Features: 5G WiFi,Portable

Media SupportedDecoder Format: H.263,H.264,H.265,HD MPEG4

Video format: 3GP,4K,DIVX,H.264,H.265,M4V,MKV,MP4,MPEG2,MPEG4,RM,RMVB,VC-1,VOB,WMV

Audio format: AAC,AMR-NB,AMR-WB,APE,FLAC,OGG,WAV,WMA

Photo Format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,TIFF

Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes

Product Details5G WiFi: Yes

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2

Power Supply: Charge Adapter

Interface: AV,DC Power Port,HDMI,USB2.0

Antenna: No

Language: Multi-language

HDMI Version: 2.0

Other Functions: 3D Games,3D Video,DLNA,ISO Files,Miracast,NTSC,PAL

External Subtitle Supported: No

HDMI Function: HDCP

Power Consumption.: 2W

RJ45 Port Speed: 1000Mbps

Firmware InformationSystem Bit: 64Bit
Power RequirementPower Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Battery InformationRemote Controller Battery: 2 x AA Battery ( not included )
Dimension and WeightProduct weight: 0.3000 kg

Product size (L x W x H): 9.52 x 9.52 x 1.68 cm / 3.75 x 3.75 x 0.66 inches

A great, new and very exciting Android TV product from Mecool, the KM9 is out and Gearbest has it on a promotional sale! Right now and in order to celebrate the launch event is selling for just $69.99 / €61.60 / £54.73! And if you think that’s not cheap, wait to read the specs…

Powered by Android 8.1 TV OS, the Mecool KM9 comes with the latest version of Amlogic’s S905X2 64-bit CPU, a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, 4GB of DDR4 and 32GB of internal storage. It also comes with Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth v4.1 and of course a remote control with which you can fully control your Android TV device. Great and exciting features as we see also on the device. Finally a good looking device and with a new LED on the front that can change color depending the state and the functions. Also great to see finally a USB 3.0 on an Android TV device, which is located on the side of the device along with another USB 2.0 and an SD Card slot. On the back of the device we find a DC-in, the HDMI output, the Ethernet 100M port and an AV out.

What is missing from the Mecool KM9 is the optical output that some people really look for but my guess is that most nowdays will just use the HDMI as in other devices, like the NVidia Shield TV. Great video performance of this device thanks to the new CPU always very capable to 4K playback at 60fps, capable also of 4K UHD HDR, HEVC 10 Bit. But also for other Android applications is very capable, even gaming since the processor is good enough, although not at the NVidia Shield TV level, but also the 4GB DDR4 help a lot with multitasking and heavy apps. Supports the latest version of KODI 18 Leia and also the new feature with voice search inside KODI through the remote control. On the Google Play Store Android TV version you can find a lot of exciting titles, that said you can also sideload any “vanilla” Android application you want.

Overall a great device and an excellent opportunity for a future-proof device by Mecool. For more info and in order to buy it visit the link: https://bit.ly/2OSj7yu

Mecool Km9

Specification

GeneralBrand: MECOOL
Model: KM9
Type: TV Box
System: Android
CPU: Amlogic S905X2
Core: Cortex A53,Quad Core
RAM: 4G
RAM Type: LPDDR4
ROM: 32G
Max. Extended Capacity: TF card up to 32GB (not included)
Media SupportedDecoder Format: “HD MPEG1/2/4,H.265,HD AVC/VC-1,RealVideo8/9/10,RM/RMVB
Video format: AVI,DAT,ISO,MKV,MOV,RM,WMV
Audio format: AAC,FLAC,MP3,OGG,RM,WMA
Photo Format: GIF,HD JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
Product Details5G WiFi: Yes
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: AV,DC Power Port,LAN,TF card,USB2.0,USB3.0
Language: Multi-language
HDMI Version: 2.1
Other Functions: Airplay,DLNA
HDMI Function: HDCP
Power RequirementPower Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Power Adapter Output: 5V 2A
Battery InformationRemote Controller Battery: 2 x AAA Battery ( not included )
Dimension and WeightProduct weight: 0.1500 kg
Package weight: 0.4300 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 10.00 x 10.00 x 1.75 cm / 3.94 x 3.94 x 0.69 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 17.90 x 11.00 x 6.50 cm / 7.05 x 4.33 x 2.56 inches
Package ContentsPackage Contents: 1 x TV Box, 1 x Remote Control, 1x HDMI Cable, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x English Manual

The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is now available to buy in a new bundle which delivers more on the Android TV device’s smart home capabilities. The main difference is the inclusion of a Samsung’s SmartThings Link dongle. The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Smart Home Edition is available to buy now from Amazon, and is priced at $219.99 in the US.

The SmartThings Link usb dongle for the NVIDIA SHIELD became available in late 2017, and so in reality this is not a new product. But now the bundle is listed on the official NVIDIA site allowing future owners to buy the products together instead of getting them separately. Truth be told, there doesn’t seem to be any financial incentive buying the bundle, as it’s priced exactly as the cost of the items if purchased separately. So for now this more of a convenience bundle, than anything else.

What makes SmartThings Link different is its size, as it is just a USB dongle that can be plugged into the back of the SHIELD as a usual USB dongle. Once done and connected, the SmartThings Link immediately becomes a smart hub for the home, allowing SHIELD owners the option to control and manage multiple smart devices (lights, outlets and more) from the SmartThings Link, in other words from the SHIELD Android TV. You can see a full list of all the supported products here: https://www.smartthings.com/products.

So, for who is it for then? Well this bundle is specifically designed for those people who are looking for an immediate solution for both Android TV and a Smart Home Hub. Similar to the FireTV Cube by Amazon, with more power and fully compatible with Alexa. You can also buy each piece separately. In fact, as of right now the “SHIELD TV Gaming Edition” is selling curently for $179.99  (you actually get the gamepad for FREE!). Then you can always add on the $39.99 price for the SmartThings Link, the total comes in at $219.98 – the same cost as the Smart Home Edition which does not inclue with the NVIDIA Shield TV gamepad.