Allwinner has announced a new low-cost processor designed for smart TV boxes. The Allwinner H3 is a quad-core processor which will sell for just $6. The chip maker suggests it could power TV boxes that will sell for between $35 and $50.

Oh yeah, it also supports 4K video playback.

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The Allwinner H3 features 4 ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores and ARM Mali-400MP2 graphics. It supports hardware-decoding of H.265/HEVC video at resolutions up to 4K at 30 frames per second. It can also handle 1080p H.264 video encoding.

Other features include support for 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, an SD card, and a 5 megapixel camera sensor.

Allwinner says the first boxes with Allwinner H3 chips should launch in December, 2014.

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2 replies on “Allwinner H3 chip to bring 4K playback to $50 TV boxes”

  1. Just like they brought full HD playback to… well very little back in the day?
    It didn’t stop them from claiming every SOC could do it.
    If allwinner is making this claim now then wait for the third iteration of whatever it is they are pushing for them to actually do it.

  2. Does H3 support HDCP 2.2 on HDMI ? Hollywood will request this feature !

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