Yesterday, Samsung announced the HomeSync, a media server featuring a dual core processor at 1.7 GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, and a 1TB hard drive. HomeSync is said to be running a modified version of Android Jelly Bean.
- Processor – Dual Core @ 1.7GHz (I’d guess it should be the Exynos 5250, but why all the mystery?)
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB eMMC ＋ 1TB HDD
- LAN – Gigabit Ethernet
- WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz & a/n 5GHz HT40 2×2 MIMO Channel Bonding
- Bluetooth – V4.0
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 Host, 1x Micro USB (11pin)
- Video Output – HDMI out
- Audio – Optical Audio (Audio Amp. Connection)
- Video Codec – H.264, H.263, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8, DivX
- Audio Codec – MP3, AAC LC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA 9std/10pro/Lossless, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB, Wav, Mid, AC-3
- DRM – HDCP 1.3/2.1, Playready, Widevide, Trustzone
Samsung explains HomeSync can be your own Home Cloud storage thanks to the 1TB hard drive, and supports 8 separate (encrypted) accounts which should be enough to cover most families, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices, and share with other family members.
Since HomeSync is not based on Google TV, you’ll get access to the full Play Store and use (most of) the apps you can already use on your smartphone and tablet. An Android app will also be provided to let you control Samsung media player wirelessly with an Android smartphone either emulating a touchpad, or mirroring the display (Miracast).
Engadget is at MWC 2013 and had the chance to try out the device, mainly with the Android remote app.
Samsung did not disclose any pricing information, but we already know HomeSync will be available from April 2013, first in the US, and then internationally.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.