What I call “Android-on-TV” boxes are some sort of TV boxes, usually with a webcam, that are meant to be placed on top of the TV instead of on the furniture, and apart from being used to watch videos like other TV boxes, are also well-suited for videoconference over Skype or Google Hangout. Over the years. we’ve had a few of those products such as HD23 TV box, but recently I don’t recall having seen new Android-on-TV boxes. That’s until today, and I found out about HD3S TV box running Android 6.0 on Amlogic S905X processor.
- SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5GHz with a penta-core Mali-450MP GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot up to 64GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz, and AV port (composite video)
- Audio – Output via HDMI, and AV port (stereo audio); dual speaker and built-in dual microphone (up to 3 meters range)
- Video Codecs – 4K VP9 @ 60 fps, 4K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps, 4K H.264 up to 30 fps
- Webcam – 1.0 MP webcam up to 720p (Omnivision OV9712 sensor)
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only), and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – Power button, IR receiver, WiFi and camera status LED
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions- 210 mm (L) x 52 mm (D) x 54 mm (thickness)
The box ships with an AC adapter, a HDMI cable, an IR remote control, and a user guide.
HD23S can be purchased on Aliexpress for $119.99 including shipping. The price is quite steep considering you could achieve pretty much the same with a low-end Amlogic S905X TV box (<$30), and a USB webcam ($5). Having said that, there are sometimes compatibility issues with Skype and Hangout in TV boxes, and we’d hope those would have been tested in HD23S. I could only find one seller, so price may come down over time. I also tried to look for the manufacturer, but all I could find was Sumhen on Alibaba, a company that resells products from various manufacturers.
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.