Baidu launches Shadow Stick 3 TV box

Chinese internet company Baidu has a new TV box powered by Google Android and an Amlogic S802 quad-core processor. It’s called the Baidu Shadow Stick 3, and it’s scheduled to ship in China starting May 9th at JD.com, where it’ll sell for about $65.

baidu shadow stick 3

The Shadow Sitck 3 features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 802.11n WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI output. It features ARM Mali-450 graphics and supports 4K video decoding. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat software.

It supports Ethernet and USB and works with wireless game controllers, among other peripherals.

As the name suggests, this isn’t the first TV box from Baidu. But it’s the most powerful model to date, while still keeping a low price tag.

The Shadow Stick 2, for instance, has a dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.

While Baidu is unlikely to offer this device outside of China anytime soon, it’s just one of a growing number of set top boxes I’ve seen featuring Amlogic’s new 4K-friendly processor. I figured it was worth a mention here because Baidu is a giant in the Chinese market, often referred to as the “Google of China.” It appears that just like Google, Baidu isn’t content to dominating just the search space.

via cngadget

  • bbkm

    If it only ships in China, does that mean, for example, if you buy it on something like alibaba, it can’t be switched to English? Great pricepoint vis a vis the competition.

    • Novocain

      With the Xiaomi devices it is like this, the MiBox1 was Mandarin only and the MiBox2 is up to now Mandarin only as well, but there might be later an update for english at least for the MiBox2 thanks to Hugo Barra ;-)