Coowell V4 looks like another typical Rockchip RK3368 Android TV box with 2GB RAM and 16GB flash, except for one little detail: it features a retractable camera to use with Skype, Google Hangouts and other video conference apps. Most Android mini PCs already claim support for USB UVC cameras, but in my past reviews I noticed that my camera were not always properly recognized in one or more apps, so in theory. the built-in camera is more likely to work with all app, since the company has (probably) tested it.
Coowell “Smart Media Hub” V4 specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3368 octa core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with PowerVR G6110 GPU
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
- Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K60, and AV ports
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
- Camera – 2MP retractable camera (with built-in microphone?)
- Connectivity – Ethernet (RJ45) port, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Misc – Power button, IR receiver, recovery button
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 14 x 9.2 x 1.80 cm
- Weight – 141 grams
The device runs Android 5.1, and ships with a power adapter, HDMI and AV cables, an IR remote adapter, and a user’s manual. One advantage of having a retractable camera is that once you’re done, you can close it, and you don’t need to worry about potentially hackers or the government spying on you or your family.
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.