Last summer Google launched the Nexus Q a set-top box which main features were its rounded shape and ridiculously high price. Google eventually dropped the product, but at least one Chinese company called Giayee believes in the concept and launched TV BOX101 which just looks like the Nexus Q internally, but instead of OMAP4460, it’s powered by Rockchip RK3066.
Here are some preliminary specifications of the device:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3066 Dual core A9 @ 1.6GHz + Quad Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory 1G DDR3 RAM
- Storage – 8G NAND Flash + micro SD slot
- Video Out – HDMI + AV
- Ethernet – 10/100M
- Wifi – 802.11 b/g/n
- USB – 2x USB Host
- Size – Diameter 117mm, Height 108.5mm
- Weight: 363g
- Air Mouse Control
- Wireless Microphone
- Somatic Joypad
- Customized UI
This Android 4.1 device will come with an “Air Mouse Controller”, an HDMI cable, a power supply (5V/3A), and a user manual in English. It’s possible to play games such as Temple Run on the device, something I have not been able to do with a mouse/keyboard on any mini PCs or set-top boxes. I’m not sure if they improving the firmware, or if games just work better with an “air mouse”.
Peter (j1nx) also noticed another version based on AMLogic AML8726-M3, and will try to port XBMC Linux on the device.
The device was available on Aliexpress, but has now disappeared from the site. You can find more information about the device directly on Giayee website.
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.