It seems that some Chinese brands are starting to get to enter with their hardware in the occidental streaming services. Today we have the first data of the Himedia S1 a small device oriented 100% to streaming that includes Android TV 8.0 certified by Google and that also includes a remote control with Bluetooth with microphone with which we can use Google Assistant. An interesting streamer from which we hope to make a Review when it comes out and that promises an update for the 2019 of Android P.
SoC, RAM and storage
Himedia S1 includes a SoC Hisilicon Hi3798M V200, a Quad Core with ARM Cortex-A53 processors and a Mali-450MP GPU that we have seen in action in the Himedia Q30 TV-Box. A very interesting SoC since it has integrated an audio DAC with DD and DTS 7.1 licenses and two integrated image processors with H.265 and VP9 decoding with 10bit of color and for image processing. We will also have 1 / 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of eMMc storage memory.
In terms of WiFi connectivity, we will have WiFi Dual Band ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The ports are few in this small dongle dedicated to streaming since we will only have a microHDMI 2.0a output and a microUSB port for 5V / 1A power that can feed this small Himedia directly from a USB port in some Televisions.
This model has Widevine and Playready DRM certificates so it is possible to play Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in 4K quality but that is something that depends on the permissions of these companies and it is necessary to check it.
Price and availability
- At the moment we do not have date of exit in stores or approximate price for the Himedia S1.