The Nexus Q was well, let’s put it straight out there, a disappointment, so much so that even Google abandoned it. But the search giant isn’t giving up on the TV market as it has unveiled a new mini Android box that connects to your big screen at home. The device is called the Nexus Player and it does everything from streaming content to playing games to running your favorite applications.
The popularity of the Android mini PC market has been picking up speed over the past couple of years with OEMs producing gaming consoles and TV boxes powered by the mobile OS. Well, Google certainly wants a piece of that market too and the Nexus Player from Asus is its weapon of choice.
The device is a very affordable one priced at just $99. Unlike the demo unit Google showcased at the I/O conference with an Nvidia Tegra 4 SOC onboard, the commercial one is powered by an Intel chip – a 1.8GHz quad core processor with PowerVR Series6 graphics.
According to the company, the small box will be capable of console-quality graphics at 1080p resolution. Obviously, you’ll be able to hook it up to your TV screen via HDMI and internet access comes via Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO integration. The device is bundled with a voice enabled remote control for navigating through the UI and playing a few casual games. And for $39, you get a separate controller for some serious gaming.
Here’s a quick roundup of the Google Nexus Player’s specs:
– 1.8GHz quad core Intel Atom 64-bit processor
– PowerVR Series 6 graphics
– 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
– HDMI output @ 1080p
– Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO
The Google Nexus Player will go on sale from November 3 and it will be up for preorder from tomorrow.