The Infinitec PocketTV made a bit of a splash this summer when the company behind the product raised over $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign. Months later, the PocketTV is shipping as promised, and you can read an early review from one customer at reddit.
You can also order your own PocketTV. They’re available from the Infinitec shop for $159.
That makes the PocketTV significantly more expensive than most of the Android-based TV sticks we’ve seen in recent months, such as the UG802, Minix NEO G4, or G-Box Dyno. One thing that does help set Infinitec’s device apart is the fact that it ships with an Air Remote which is a QWERTY thumb keyboard with a gyroscopic sensor that you can use as an air mouse.
The Air Remote is also sold separately for $40.
Ininitec’s little PC features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ARM Mali 400 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It has WiFi built-in, and supports Bluetooth with an external USB Bluetooth dongle.
There’s a USB 2.0 port at one end, which you can use to plug in a keyboard, mouse, flash drive, or other peripheral. The other end has an HDMI port which you can plug directly into a TV or monitor to run Android apps on a big screen.
The device also features a mini USB port for power and a microSD card slot for extra storage.
It’s hardly a unique product. There are dozens of competing Android mini PCs making the rounds these days. But at least it looks like a pretty decent device… which is what you’d hope for from an Android TV stick that costs more than twice the price of an original MK802.
I found this 40% discount coupon for the Pocket TV which I think is a very competitive price point (approx $85). The coupon is FPTVC01
$159? Ain’t nobody got money fo’ that!
rebrand off this
with double cost?
wow reading the kickstarter page and people are not too happy. Unit is buggy, which is to be expected, but many are being charged additional shipping and excise taxes. Coupled with the people knowing they could have gotten a better stick months ago for cheaper.
I have been looking into android sticks for some time. Just pulled the trigger on a 1.6ghz dual core rockchip with 1gb ram and 8gb rom (ug808) for $50 shipped.
If I kickstarted this product, I would be mad that I got a less powerful product while paying significantly more.
This is the double edged sword of kickstarter, KS says they dont want to be a store, but you can only present a product that is nearly done, making KS basically a preorder system.
It’s a repackaged MK802 with heavy marketing. You can buy an off-the-shelf air mouse/keyboard for $25. What did they do with the Kickstarter money?
Pocketed it. At least the Ouya differentiates itself and has(supposedly) a gaming community of devs behind it. I’m sure you could emulate the Ouya with a regular old tv stick and a controller. But still Kickstarter is full of these late to the game “inventions”. Kickstarter is a good idea but there’s a lot of garbage on there.
Looks like they actually raised 500k… What!? I ordered my MK802 for 53$ shipped. No remote though but still. Twice the specs!
Wow! For the 2x the money I can have an HDMI stick PC that’s a generation behind the times. #FAIL
Even with the airmouse, that’s a pretty high price. Unless they have some custom software with a really great UI that’s optimized for TVs, I don’t see how it’s worth the extra cost over other android sticks.
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