Console Inc., previously Mobile Media Ventures, Inc., is the company developing Console OS operating system based on Android 4.4 / 5.0 for Intel platforms that includes customizations for a better desktop experience, and you can already try the preview version of Console OS Standard for free on some Intel hardware, with another paid version to become available at the time of the stable release. The company has now announced iConsole Micro a Console OS HDMI TV Stick based on a quad core Intel Atom processor that looks very much like MeegoPad T01, but it’s said to be based on Intel Compute Stick technology.
- SoC – Unnamed Intel Atom 64-bit quad core processor
- System Memory – 2 GB RAM
- Storage – 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 128GB (160GB in total)
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x micro USB port for power
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port.
- Dimensions and Weight – N/A
The device will have an unlocked 64-bit UEFI bootloader, so it should be easier to boot other operating systems, and it won’t require the workaround needed for most Intel Atom Z37xx based products with a 32-bit UEFI bootloader. [Update: the project developer commented on the Lilliputing article linked below that the device will be using a 32-bit UEFI bootloader, so other cheap Intel will also work with Console OS]
iConsole Micro is expected to hit the shelves this summer for $129. More information should eventually be provided on iConsole.tv.
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