I haven’t seen any quad-core set-top boxes on the market (if we exclude some Freescale i.MX6 mini PCs), but this is about to change with Huawei MediaQ M310 media player. The device is based on Hisilicon K3V2 SoC, and comes with 1GB RAM and 4 GB flash.
Huawei MediaQ M310 specifications:
- SoC – HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core Cortex A9 processor with Vivante GC4000 GPU
- System Memory – 1 GB RAM
- Storage – 4 GB flash + microSD slot
- Video I/O – HDMI out and HDMI in
- Audio I/O – 1x SPDIF, 3.5 mm stereo jack and mic (3-in-1)
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11n & Bluetooth 4.0
- Huawei multi-screen (Pushing, mirroring)
- Content aggregation / Voice Search
The box runs a customized version of Android with a user interface designed for the television.
CSilie, who tipped me about the MediaQ M310, saw the device at CES 2013, and a Huawei representative told him it could also function as a regular Android set-top box, it could stream content from your smart phone or tablet to your TV (I suppose that’s what “Huawei multi-screen” is all about, and that it should available in about 3 months for $70 to $80 US.
Huawei also showcased a larger set-top box based on the same platform called the MediaQ M810, but featuring 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, 2x Gb Ethernet, a DVB digital TV receiver, and 2x 3.5″ HDD bays for NAS applications.
Androidworld.it shot a video (in Italian) of both devices at CES 2013. If your Italian is a bit weak, don’t worry, because there’s also another video in Hungarian.