An article about a Mediatek MT8685 based Android media player on AndroidPC.es, made me look into UTStarcom products, and beside some other MT8685 based quad core set-top boxes such as MC8685A and MC8685B, I found a weird/funny/intriguing/futuristic looking game console STB powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core cortex A15 processor named MC8718.
- SoC – Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core Cortex A15r3 processor @ 2.3 GHz with Kepler GPU
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB internal storage + micro SD card slot
- Video and Audio Output – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K @ 30Hz
- Video Decode – H.264, MPEG-4, etc..
- Audio Decode – MP3, AAC, optional Dolby and DTS, etc..
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – USB 2.0 interface
- Misc – IR receiver
- Power Supply – 5V
The company claims support for TegraZone and Shield games, as well as PC streaming, and cloud gaming. An optional gamepad can also be provided. The box is said to run a customized version of Android 4.4.
MC8718 does not seem to be selling online right now, and pricing has not been disclosed. UTStarcom is a large Chinese company, part of Fortune 1000, and even listed on the Nasdaq, but somehow none of the set-top boxes listed on their products page appear to be mentioned anywhere. The product briefs do not like very professional either. The official website reported by Google is utstar.com, but the site I ended-up on was utstarcom.cn, that may explain everything…
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.