Tronsmart Pavo M9 – Smaller Android TV

Posted on Aug 13 2015 - 8:40am by Alex Curran

Tronsmart’s Pavo M9 is an Android TV box that plugs into your TV via HDMI and turns it into an Android computer. It supports up to 4K streaming and depending on your TV, and also HDMI-in recording. The Pavo M9 is astonishingly better-looking than the metal Draco HW80. A sleek black box with rounded corners, this smaller Tronsmart Android TV box omits the ugly antenna seen poking out of the Draco’s rear.


Specs Of Pavo M9

  • Android 4.4 KitKat TV box with custom UI
  • 1.5GHz Mstar MSO9180D1R (Cortex A9) processor
  • Mali450 graphics
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 8GB flash storage
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 10/100 ether-net
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • microSD slot
  • supports 4K streaming and HDMI recording
  • remote control
  • HDMI cable
  • 12V/2A external power adapter
  • 148x148x26mm
  • 297g

Setup & Software

About the Setup thing, the second time around, was a cinch. On our first attempt we unwittingly made life difficult for ourselves having hooked up the Tronsmart to an old projector sat at ceiling-level that refused to adjust its display size over HDMI. The second time around we connected the Tronsmart to an HDMI TV with a single cable, connected to the home WiFi network and logged into our Google account. That was it. Easy.

he Tronsmart Pavo M9 looks very different to the Draco HW80. Whereas the latter has a standard Android KitKat interface, and looks very much like a large-screen tablet but without the touchscreen, the new Pavo M9 has a custom user interface, also based on KitKat. Tronsmart seems more like a home-entertainment device and a proper Android TV than a glorified tablet. OTA updates are available for the Pavo M9, too.


The Tronsmart’s performance results were nothing to shout home about, and would be disappointing on a phone or tablet, yet it performed adequately when connected to the TV. In Geekbench 3.0 we recorded 336 points in the single-core component and 1071 points multi-core. SunSpider clocked the Tronsmart at 1941ms, and in AnTuTu it posted a score of 19067 points.


Tronsmart Pavo M9 is a a perfectly adequate device that plugs into your TV to allow the downloading of apps, recording over HDMI and up to 4K streaming.