As more and more quad core Android Smart TV devices start appearing, no doubt many will be wondering if Smallart, the manufacturer of the popular Uhost and Uhost2 Android Mini PC, will be releasing a quad core follow up as well. I decided to check with Smallart directly and they were nice enough to share with me a few of their new and upcoming devices. The Uhost3 quad core Android Box is one of them.
As you have probably figured out from the name, the new Uhost3 is a set top box and not an Android TV Stick. It has a cylindrical shape that is rather unique for an Android set top box.
According to Smallart, their current prototype (shown in the photos below) is based on the Allwinner A31 but they are not happy with the performance so the actual unit will feature a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz chip instead.
It will have a built-in camera for video conferencing and it has support for DLNA and Miracast. Miracast allows users to mirror their Miracast capable smart phone display on the TV wirelessly.
RAM is the standard 2GB while internal storage ROM is 8GB. OS is listed as Android 4.1. This may seem dated but Smallart has always prioritized on firmware stability so that may be the reason they are sticking with the older version of Jelly Bean.
For video output, the Uhost3 will support HDMI and analog AV out so older TVs without HDMI are supported as well. There are 2 USB ports and a TF-card slot for memory expansion. There is a separate DC in port so both the USB ports can be used for connecting USB peripherals.
Smallart also reveals that there will be a new remote control for the Uhost3 although no further details are available at this time.
The casing is about 10.5 cm (4 inches) in diameter and the height is only 25 mm or about an inch thick. It will be available in both black and white. The Uhost3 is expected to be available for sale at the end of this June.