So it looks like we have a new Android TV arrival on the scene. While many are waiting for the highly-anticipated Xiaomi Mi Box to become available, this week Bang & Olufsen somewhat quietly unveiled one of their new TV options. This is the BeoVision 14 and is a TV which comes running on Android TV. A first for Bang & Olufsen and a first in many respects.
The first thing to note about the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 is that this is clearly not designed for the everyday buyer. Which probably won't come as much of a surprise to those who are familiar with Bang & Olufsen in general. Their products are not typically affordable and the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 is no exception. Although it seems US pricing has not been made available yet, it does seem that in the UK, the BeoVision 14 will be an extremely high-priced item. The most affordable version comes in the form of a 40-inch model which is expected to sell for £4,495. While the bigger 55-inch model will sell for £6,495. So whatever the actual pricing is in the US, it does stand to reason that it will be at the higher end of the spectrum.
So what are we looking at for an Android TV device at this price? Well, from the Android TV perspective, little is known. It is clear that the bulk of the money being paid - will be for the actual build quality of the device and the Bang & Olufsen name. This is being put forward as a premium product. One that is 4K compliant and one which has been designed by David Lewis Designers, who were responsible for some of the previous Bang & Olufsen BeoVision models. The Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 will make use of a more natural look and level of presentation and will come with a mechanically polished aluminium frame, as well as glass, fabric, wood and plastic aspects in play. Not to mention, it will make use of various additional features like motorized accessories which allow for the unit to be viewed from wider angles, theft protection and so on. Not forgetting, it will be available in a variety of colors as well.
As mentioned, on the Android TV side of things, there seems to be very little to go on. Even the pictures that have been released by Bang & Olufsen so far, always seem to show the TV in the off position. Which provides little-to-no further indications of the type of Android TV which will be in use or how customized or tweaked it will be. So it does seem to stand to reason that we could be looking at a very stock level of Android TV. That said and while the price does dictate that this is not a viable purchase for everyone, it is still nice to see more Android TV options coming to market. For those who are liking the look of the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 and will be happy to pay for the privilege of owning one, then it will be available to buy in the US from December. In the meantime you can check out a video detailing (part of) the manufacturing process below.