Tronsmart’s next Android-powered TV box will be the company’s first model to feature a Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 processor. But that’s not the only thing that will make Tronsmart Orion R28 unusual.
The company also plans to offer a model of this tiny computer/media streamer with 4GB of RAM… although the first versions scheduled to hit the streets will have just 2GB.
Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for 2 versions of the Tronsmart Orion R28. For $80 you can reserve a model with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. $100 gets you a similar device with twice as much storage.
Sometime after the first models hit the streets, Tronsmart plans to launch a version with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Each model features Android 4.4 KitKat software, USB ports, HDMI output, an external antenna, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, IR sensors, microSD card slots, Gigabit Ethernet, and support for 4K video output and H.265 video decoding, and support for over-the-air software updates from Tronsmart.
While OTA updates might not sound like a big deal if you’re used to using an Android phone, many of the Chinese companies that offer set-top-boxes based on Android software only deliver firmware updates that you can install manually. The ability to download and install updates on your device can make it a lot easier to keep your box’s software up to date.