Android “Smart TV”

26. September 2012 22:39 by Ron in   //  Tags:   //   Comments
This time I bought an Android Mini PC from China.
It is a small device that has a HDMI output to connect to your TV system.

That it is installed with Android 4.0 ICS makes it somehow attractive to use as a Smart extension to a Television set.

The small box has all the items needed:
- Power adapter 5V/2A
- HDMI cable
- USB Cable
- Mini to normal USB converter
- Manual
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I has room for a microSD card and as you can see it has a HDI connector, USB next to the round power connector and on the other side a mini-USB connector.

To give you an impression of how it looks on a 42” TV I made some photos of the TV.

 

IMG_9845 When it started the first time and added the WiFi configuration I started the market. When I did that it was upgraded to Google-Play. IMG_9860

 

IMG_9856 It is kind of cool to play Angry Birds on a 42”screen Winking smile
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IMG_9861 There is some sort of Chinese
streaming TV app installed, choose a movie from the list, read the reviews and play it.
Too bad that it is in Chinese.

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Graphics are pretty cool looking at the Youtube trailer of Black Ops 2 Zombie gameplay.
Looking at the settings shows us that it has a nice 1920x1080p resolution has.

 

Some specs of the device:

  • CPU”Cortex-A8 1.5Ghz dualcore
  • 1GB internal memory
  • Network : Wifi 802.11b/g
  • I/O ports: USB2.0 OTG/Flash/USB2.0 Host
  • Audio : AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
  • Video : WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2M4V, AVI, MJPEG, RV10, DivX, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264
  • Pre installed Apps : Youku, QQ, Youtube, Twitter, Angrybirds, Office, GMail, Skype, Browser, etc..
  • HDMI support : 1080p and 2160p
  • OS : Android 4.0

Looking at price and usability I would give it a 6 out of 10.
It is a nice cheap fun device and it works as expected, graphics are great, it is fairly fast but if you ask me if it is useful….
I really do not know if anyone needs an Android thingy attached to their Television system, except gadget freaks like myself or maybe when you want to have an Android media center thingy..
If I would buy a 24” touch monitor it might be a cheap 24” tablet

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