We reported this earlier this week, but now it’s official with a release date set. The Chinese Manufacturer, Hisense, is all set to reveal their new Google TV box at the IFA this week. The company has now released an official press release with more details and information on the up and coming device. It’s all set to be called the “Pulse.” Hisense says it will be priced at $99 or possibly even less. The new set top box will have complete support for up to 1080p high definition and comes with a complete variety of carious connection options that includes a USB, HDMI, Ethernet port. The box also has Wi-Fi capabilities.
Hisense has suggested that the remote will be two-sided, with one side completely dedicated to a Netflix button while the other getting a full QWERTY keyboard. Hisense had also indicated that the device will be available from some major retailers (Best Buy, Frys Electronics and etc) starting in mid-November.
Here is some details on the device that Hisense released just yesterday:
“This box effectively bridges the gap to the latest in home entertainment, without the need for expensive hardware upgrades,” said JoAnne Foist, Director of Marketing at Hisense USA. “Most people have at least one HDTV in their home and with the addition of a Hisense Pulse with Google TV, we offer the liberty of accessing not just TV, but a host of streaming content, web surfing and TV apps (such as Pandora Radio, CNNMoney, Motor Trend, and Thuuz) that are available in Google Play. Compared to other streaming devices, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV allows consumers to experience a new level of smart content discovery and viewing recommendations. Hisense delivers a low cost device that provides the outstanding performance and quality for which our brand is known.”
The Hisense Pulse with Google TV features various connectivity options, including HDMI input and output, USB, Ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi. Also included in the box is a double sided remote control featuring a built-in touchpad and dedicated Netflix button on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other side allowing easy web and search features. The Hisense Pulse with Google TV takes up very little space (4.5″ square x 1.4″ tall), and weighs in at just 1.5 pounds. Power consumption is only 20 watts while operating, and less than 1 watt during standby mode. In addition to the consumer benefits, Google TV’s platform also allows content providers an easy, scalable platform to bring Android apps to a growing audience, enabling them to engage directly with users.
“For consumers who already have an HDTV and want to enjoy all the benefits of streaming content, the convenience of web access and apps, Google TV is the answer,” continued Foist. “It allows users to take advantage of their existing cable/satellite TV subscriptions and their existing high-definition TVs to bring many features straight to their fingertips. The lines between traditional TV and Web content are blurring – people want to watch all types of content, and the Hisense Pulse with Google TV provides exactly that.”
It sounds pretty cool actually. The Vizio Co-Star didn’t have they dedicated Netflix button with a built in touchpad. I also like that how little space it takes up in your house.
Is anyone looking forward to getting the Hisense Pulse or would you rather the Vizio Co-Star? Let us know in the comments below!
source: Talk Android