Since the beginning of the year, we’ve started to see more and more Android media player with a camera that can be apposed on top of your TV such as the Archos TV Connect. Let’s call them “Android-on-TV” boxes / media players. Several Chinese manufacturers are also selling this type of device, but none of them have brand recognition in the West. TP-Link, however, is relatively well known for its cheap routers, and the company has introduced the TPmini powered by a dual core processor with 1GB RAM, 4GB flash, and a 2.0MP camera.
- SoC – Dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor @ 1.6 GHz + Quad core ARM Mali 400 GPU (They did not say, but it looks like Rockchip RK3066 to me)
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 4GB NAND Flash + microSD slot (Up to 32GB)
- Video Output – HDMI 1.3
- 10/100M Ethernet
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Camera – 2.0 MPixel
- Power Supply – 12V/1A
The device runs Android 4.1, supports DLNA, and the company provides a remote apps to control the box from an Android smartphone or tablet.
Liliputing reports TP-Link TPmini will soon be available in China for about $56.
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.