Hey guys, ever wondered why people keep saying AndroidTV is laggy? Well, I think I have an idea.
When people buy TVs with AndroidTV OS, they expect to enjoy everything they do on their smartphone on a bigger screen. However, these expectations are rarely met as TVs can barely keep up with all the apps installed. Instead of high frame-rate PUBG gaming, you’re stuck with a few racing games that you only play to justify the purchase… or when bored.
The problem with “lagginess” in AndroidTV, in my opinion, is not Google’s fault but TV manufacturers. In my investigation, I’ve found out that most smart TVs source their SoCs from Mediatek. Not that Mediatek is a bad company, but the CPUs they make for TVs are significantly under-powered compared to what you see smartphones.
Mediatek has listed four groups of TV SoCs: Flagship 8K, Premium 4K, Mainstream 4K, and Smart FullHD products. Among the four categories, only Flagship 8K and Premium 4K uses SoC that can adequately power gaming demands; the quad core Cortex A73 SoC. Other categories only use quad core Cortex A55 (mainstream 4K) and A9 (Full HD). Please note that all these SoCs do not have dedicated GPUs. Mediatek recently launched one with GPU known as MT5670, but the CPU is a quadcore Cortex A53 clocked at 1.8 GHz.
Buying a mainstream 4K TV or Android Box to install and play PUBG is like expecting to game competitively on Safaricom’s Neon smartphones. Cortex A55 was launched in 2017 as energy efficient microarchitecture to supplement the A75. It is also the go-to option for budget devices. To make matters worse, these TVs and boxes have a mere two GB of memory, which we can all agree is not enough.
If you want to game on TV, the type of OS should not be a deciding factor. Evaluate other specs such as HDMI capabilities, panel quality, and even size. For gamers, invest in NVIDIA Shield TV that uses Tegra SoC and has decent memory. Otherwise get a box for other functions that do not include gaming, for instance, casting and tweaks brought by the availability to play store.
What do you think?