The H5 Android Smart TV Box is a new dual core Rockchip RK3066 Android Mini PC. What makes the H5 Android set-top-box stand out from other similar devices is its form factor. It is meant to be mounted on top of the TV and it looks a lot like the camera add-ons for adding Skype capabilities to TVs.
The H5 Android Smart TV Box comes with a front mounted 2 MP camera. Compared to the usual USB flash drive form factor of other Android mini PCs, the H5’s much larger form factor allows it to have a few other extra connectors. Besides the standard HDMI and USB connectors, the H5 also has a wired Ethernet LAN port and a SPDIF optical audio out. It is not known however if the SPDIF port supports multi channel audio pass through, a feature that is missing in most Android mini PC devices. The H5 Android Smart TV Box has the standard 1 GB RAM, 4 GB on board storage, WiFi and an SD card slot. An air mouse type remote control is included with the H5.
The H5 Android Smart TV Box is currently available from several vendors on AliExpress for about $90 and shipping is another $15 which brings the total to slightly above $100.
The dual core Rockchip RK3066 under the H5 Android Smart Box’s hood is a decent performer but newer quad core based devices are already available on the market today. If you are looking for a device to add Skype capabilities to your TV, the H5 fits the bill nicely. Otherwise, you are probably better off with a quad core device.
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