Archos has announced the TV Connect, a box running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) that allows you, as the Google TV, to enjoy your media on your TV. It comes with a remote control that acts as keyboard and gamepad to navigate within the interface. It will arrive in February for a price of €129.
Archos has added another string to his bow. After many Android touch tablets, the French manufacturer is now tackling the Google TV with its TV Connect, a box that connects to your TV and allows you to take advantage of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), applications and multimedia content on your TV. Two LEDs (red and green) indicate that the box is turned on and allows you to display notifications. This is for example the case when you’re watching TV and a person is trying to call you on Skype.
This media box comes with a remote that has a keyboard, a gamepad, and various Android specific shortcuts, the aim is to allow you to manipulate the interface and the operating system applications remotely. Two touch pads allow you to manage simple actions such as zoom in or out or rotation, which can be useful for example when navigating in Google Maps or Earth, to name just two.
Here are the detailed specifications of the Archos TV Connect:
- Dimensions: 235 x 105 x 34 mm
- SoC: Multi-chip 1.5 GHz
- Memory: 1 GB
- Storage: 8 GB
- MicroSDHC card reader (up to 32GB)
- HD webcam
- USB 2.0
- Micro USB port 2.0
- Mini HDMI output
- Network port 100 mb/s
- Wi-Fi 802.11n
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Archos Media Center
Archos indicates that TV Connect will be available in February for €129. Note that this is not the only product of its kind since there are also dongles, especially from Point of View. It seems that Archos go a little further than the competition, including through the presence of a webcam.
Remains to be seen what it can provide in practice and if the finish is worthy, as is so often the Achilles heel of the brand.
Anyway, here is a video presentation: