Last year, WeTek launched WeTek Play Android TV receiver with DVB-T2, DVB-S2 or ATSC tuners, and in my review of the DVB-S2 version I found out it was a rather capable device despite the low hardware specifications. The company is about to launch WeTek Core, a media player powered by Amlogic S812-H processor, running Android 5.1.1, as well as supporting Netflix up to 1080p. something most other Android media players can’t handle.
WeTek Core preliminary specifications:
- SoC – Amlogic S812-H quad core processor @ 2.0GHz with an Octa-core Mali-450MP gpu
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB NAND flash, micro SD slot
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30Hz + AV
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n
& 802.11ac (TBC), and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – Power button and LED
- Power Supply – N/A
- Dimensions – N/A
The box will ship with a power adapter suitable for UK, USA and EU, and a remote control featuring RF and IR technology, and a microphone to support Google Voice. Android 5.1.1 will be pre-loaded to the media player, but users will also be able to run OpenELEC, various custom Android ROMs (CyanogenMod, AOKP, AOSP, Omega..) as well as Lubuntu.
The company claim that WeTek Core is the first Amlogic device that support Netflix in High Definition is backed up by a demo video showing Netflix up to 1920×1080 @ 5800 Kbps.
There’s also a demo with Kodi 15.0-RC1 showing playback of H.264 4K videos, and various H.265 videos up to 1080p.
The box should launch in September, but the price is “rumored” to be 109 Euros (inc. VAT) in Europe.
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