Android based set top boxes, despite the rise and quick fall of the Google TV platform and the emerging market of Android TV via the Nexus Player, have managed to stay around this entire time coming from multiple different manufacturers, and surprisingly staying fairly up to date with some of the latest versions of the Android OS. While we still wait for more Android TV devices to make their debut, companies like Huawei(makers of the Ascend Mate 7)are getting ready to release their own version of a set top box for the television that runs Android. Huawei in fact have just recently teased the existence and upcoming launch of an Android based TV box that will reportedly be able to output 4K video.
4K video, also known as UHD video, is the next step in high quality video resolution that we are already seeing capability wise from many different devices, from set top boxes to smartphones that record in 4K. As cool as this might be however you will still have to own a monitor or TV that supports 4K video to take advantage of the resolution. As for the Huawei Android powered TV box, there isn’t much to go on for specs as the companies teaser poster merely lists what seems to be the possible launch date, December 16th, although that could also simply be the announcement date.
According to the source, 4K video is going to be accompanied by H2.65 encoding, and we’ll likely see one of Hauwei’s own in-house CPU’s powering the device. Judging by the teaser image the box looks like it could be rather small, which is hopefully the case since other competing devices with an Android based TV experience like the Nexus Player and the Minix Neo X8-H are pretty small themselves. Although we don’t know details at the moment, the box will most likely come with the standard ports you’d see on a device like this one, such as Ethernet, and HDMI out, likely a couple of USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports, and it should probably have built-in WiFi and Bluetooth as well as some amount of onboard storage, probably around 4GB with the option to expand via microSD. We would expect this device from Huawei to also come with a remote to control it, although perhaps Hauwei will also offer a gamepad option much like we see from other similar devices.