June 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Tiny Android Computer Puts Music Apps on HDTV

The Tronsmart MK908 Quad Core RK3188 CPU Android Mini PC ($100) has Google Chrome and support for Android apps, which means you can plug it straight into the back of your TV and run all manner of music apps, controlling them with a mouse, the included Android app for your regular phone, or a third-party app.

We were  initially worried that a hyper-compact, pretty fast (quad-core!) computer like this Tronsmart would suffer from the audio degradation that plagues even laptop and desktop computers, because all that processor action next to the signal processor spells doom. However, this device outputs HDMI audio through your television, and from there, you can get all the way to your nice stereo system without converting the signal at all.

That is good. Also, it has USB, so it’s likely able to output to USB audio devices as well. We’re working on finding that out right now.

Some Cool Tech has a general video overview from a general perspective, including benchmarks, but we think the music perspective is pretty neat — in part because of this.

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The specs from Amazon ($100):

TronSmart™- Android TV Box

This is quad core TV box armed with with Quad Core Rockchip RK3188 and Quad Core Mali 400 GPU.

- OS: Google Android 4.1 (Flash 11.X: HTML5)
- CPU: Rk3188 Quad Core 1.6ghz, max 1.8Ghz(maximum data from manufacturer for CPU – only) (Cortex-A9)
- GPU: Quad Core Mali 400
- RAM: DDR3 2GB; ROM: On board NAND Flash 8G (Android system itself and other user data will take some space)
- Expand Micro SD: Micro SD Card/ T-Flash(Maximum support 32GB)
- Video Format: WMV/ASF/MP4/3GP/3G2M4V/AVI/MJPEG/RV10/DivX/VC-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4/H.263/H.264/1280*720P HD 30 fps, 1080P/720*480 D1 30fps
- Audio Format: Support: MP3/WMA/APE/FLAC/AAC/OGG/AC3/WAV
- Picture Format: Support: Max.8000×8000 JPEG BMP GIF PNG
- WIFI: support 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.0
- Output: MINI HDMI Port
- Dimension: 88mm * 31.5mm * 15.8mm
- DC: 5V 2A
- Weight: <50g – Storage environment: -20°C–60°C, 10%–90% Humidity

- 1*Mini USB,Support OTG/HOST ( USB port RJ45)
- 1*standard USB
- 1*Mini USB For charging
- 1*TF card slot
- 1*Blue LED(When connect to power
1*Physical botton(For upgrading software)

Package Includes
- 1*Tronsmart MK908
- 1*charger
- 1*hdmi cable
- 1*micro usb cable
- 1*otg cable
- 1*user manual