NanoTech Entertainment is preparing to launch Nuvola NP-1, and its commercial version Nuvola MP-C, an Android 4.2 set-top box powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC with 2GB RAM and 16GB Flash, and capable of streaming 4K2K videos. The company also promised to upgrade the box to support HEVC (H.265).
Novula NP-1 Specifications:
- SoC – Nvidia Tegra 4 quad core processor with 72-core GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB Flash Memory + microSD slot
- 10/100/1000M Ethernet
- Dual Band 802.11n 2×2 Mimo Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4
- Supported Video Formats – MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, OOG (H.264)
- Supported Audio Formats – AAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV
- Video Streaming Support – 4K UltraHD (3840×2160), HD (1920×1080), SD (720×480)
- USB – 1x USB 2.0, and 1x USB 3.0
- Power Supply – 5V
- Dimensions – 90mm (w) x 100mm (l) x30mm (h)
The device runs Android 4.2, comes with pre-installed applications such as NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, XBMC, and more. Nuvola NP-X set-top boxes are sold with a small IR remote as shown on the right, but the company also provides other accessories such as the dual sided RF-10 remote with speaker and microphone (which just looks like Mele F10 Pro), and GP-1 Gamepad,a Buetooth game controller that looks familiar (to an XBOX-360 controller).
Novula NP-C has the same specifications, but features a rugged casing.
The device is not available yet, but you can pre-order it for $299, with shipping expected next month. Before you spend that kind of money, you may want to make sure it can output to 4K2K, as it’s NOT a guarantee. For example, all AllWinner A31 mini PCs and set-top boxes can decode 4K2K videos, but none of them can output 2160p to your TV, the limit is 1080p60, and in many cases, it’s just set to 720p. However, if Nuvola NP-1 does indeed output 4K2K via HDMI, it’s truly a unique product, especially with HEVC codec support coming up. The company does not take rooting lightly, as doing so will void your warranty. No need to ask what happens to your 1-year warranty if your try a custom ROM, and/or load Linux on the device.
You can find more information on Novula 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.