Android started as a mobile operating system for smartphones, but over the years we’ve seen it being used in tablets, mini PCs, cars, printers, wearables, and many other product categories. Creative X-Fi Sonic is a “speaker system” with video outputs that runs Android, in a similar way to Xiaomi TV bar, but with much higher capabilities.
- 7 processors with 14 cores
- 15.2 high-resolution audio system in a 11.2.4 (front.sub.height) speaker configuration with Dolby Atmos technology.
- Creative EAX 15.2 Dimensional Audio processing algorithms
- 800 watts RMS total system power.
- Video playback engine supporting 4K (60fps)
- Video I/O – 1x HDMI 2.0a output, 3x HDMI 2.0a inputs
- Audio Inputs – 2x analog inputs, 2x digital optical inputs, 2x microphone inputs
- Streaming protocols – AirPlay and Google Cast for audio, Miracast, Chromecast, and DLNA.
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a zero-latency speaker-to-speaker link to up to 4 subwoofer units.
- Storage – 4x micro SD card slots + 2x USB storage
- Dimensions – 55″ width, 3.5″ thickness
The system is also said to support popular online movie streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu plus, or HBO GO, as well as VPN so that users could watch their favorite content all over the world. Supported audio streaming services include Spotify, Pandora, and others.
Sadly, the company did not provide much details about is Android-based video playback engine, and I have not been able to find out the processor used, nor the version of Android running on the thing.
Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier price has an “interesting” $5000 SRP (Suggested Retail Price), but the company pre-sells the first units on the product page for $1,750, with the price going up as the number of pre-orders increases. Shipping is $150 extra, and the product will only ship to the US , as long as you don’t live in Hawaii, Alaska, or U.S. Territories. Delivery is scheduled for September 2016.
Thank you Harley!