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Pandora TV Box is an All-in-One Android Media Player, Game Console, DVB Receiver, Video Chat System, etc…

This morning I received an email from DealExtreme with a link to a teaser video about an upcoming Android device to be available on June 10, that comes with a game controller (PS3 type) to play games. After some research, I finally found this “Android-on-TV” device which is based on Rockchip RK3066 with 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash, lots of ports (USB, HDMI, Ethernet), a webcam, and more. Beside the game controller, it also comes with a remote control, so the device can be used for a whole lot of applications including gaming, video chat, media player, web browsing, and more. It’s something you can already do with existing devices, but it may require some efforts, and this one seems to come all included.

Pandora_TV_Box

Here are the specs of the “beast”:

  • Pandora_TV_Box_On_TVSoC – Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processor @ 1.6GHz +  MALI 400 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8G NAND Flash + SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity
    • WIFI 802.11b/g/n
    • 10/100M Ethernet
    • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Camera – 2.0 MP camera
  • TV – Apps for Macau and Hong Kong on-demand videos and live TV, and optional DVB receiver (no details provided, but I guess it must be through a USB dongle)
  • Input Devices – 6-axis (PS3) game controller and “air flying squirrel” mouse (I guess that’s means an RF remote with gyro)
  • USB – 1x USB OTG (full size), 3x USB 2.0 host.
  • Video Output – HDMI (720p to 1080p)
  • Audio ports – Buil-in microphone (3 m range) + 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Buttons – Power and recovery buttons
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A

Pandora_TV_Box_Rear_Panel

This Android 4.1.1 “Android-on-TV” box comes with a remote and an optional Bluetooth game controller, a stand to position it on top of your TV, an HDMI cable, a mini USB to USB cable to charge the game controller, and a 12V/2A power adapter. It’s also said to support DLNA and Airplay, and a applications to control the box with your Android smartphone is provided. This device looks like the ultimate Android STB that allows you to do virtually anything you may want to do on your TV. This looks promising, but we’ll have to see how the software implementation, and hopefully this won’t be a “Jack of all trades, master of none” type of products.

Pandora TV Box with its remote, game controller, power supply, and cables.

Pandora TV Box with its Remote, Game Controller, Power Supply, and Cables.

If even though it’s not available on dx.com right now, I could find it on Aliexpress for $145 including shipping. Considering the features and accessories included, the price seems about right, but better wait until it’s on more websites. 7po.com also has a forum thread about the device with more pictures and details in Chinese. The company behind the product appears to be “L.C. Smart Co. Ltd” based in Shenzhen, but I can’t find any details about it, except their username in Sina Weibo (Chinese twitter) is @LCTVBOX101.

[Update: the device is already available from DX.com for $123.90 including shipping]

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  1. joey6666
    June 7th, 2013 at 01:58 | #1

    Another device in the league of the Archos TV Connect and TPlink TPmini.
    And 4 USB ports, that must be a record!

  2. Rocco
    June 10th, 2013 at 18:20 | #3

    Hi, can anyone advise, how could I connect this device to my home theatre system, while it lacks digital audio output? I have currently WDTV player, which I want to replace and this seems as a good choice.

    My setting is TV connected by HDMI to home theatre and to WDTV. WDTV is connected by toslink to home theatre.

    Can this device work somehow similar?

  3. June 10th, 2013 at 21:04 | #4

    @Rocco
    If you can connect the Pandora TV Box to your home theater via HDMI it might work. *might* because I don’t know if there’s no HDMI pass-through, audio will just be stereo, no 5.1.

  4. Rocco
    June 10th, 2013 at 23:30 | #5

    Hi, it wouldn’t work as there will be no video then. I have just 1 HDMI. It looks that this is another “almost perfect” device, which lacks digital audio output. Then it will be just perfect and I would buy it immediately.

    I was thinking on some other way, which might work (not working on WDTV): connect Pandora via HDMI with TV, then connect TV via toslink with home theatre. I am not sure, if TV can just pass 5.1 sound.

  5. deadfunk
    June 12th, 2013 at 20:49 | #6

    Hi:
    this device will works whith nettfilx?

  6. June 12th, 2013 at 22:21 | #7

    @deadfunk
    Android 4.1, so it should. I know the netflix app has problems with Android 4.2.

  7. deadfunk
    June 13th, 2013 at 23:57 | #8

    @cnxsoft thanks, i am waiting to see a review to buying it

  8. alfie luo
    June 14th, 2013 at 13:43 | #9

    the most important thing is you can play android games with PS 2 controller

    watch the video on the bottom.

  9. deadfunk
    June 15th, 2013 at 01:17 | #10

    the only videos of this device is the two of bottom. none videoreview o review. i am still waiting.

  10. June 21st, 2013 at 15:16 | #11

    DealExtreme renamed “Pandora TV” to “Swordfish”, I guess due to some trademark issues.

  11. onebir
    June 21st, 2013 at 16:22 | #12

    @cnxsoft
    Wonder how long before they have to change Swordfish? :p
    Ah well, keeps us guessing :)

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