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When Walmart launched its Onn 4K media streamer in 2021, the $30 box box was one of the cheapest Android TV devices available. The company followed up a few months later with an even cheaper 1080p model, and Walmart has released several updates since then that drop prices even lower, while adding support for new features like the updated Google TV user interface.

But the newest Onn 4K media streamer from Walmart is both the most expensive model to date, and the most versatile. The new Onn 4K Pro Streaming Device with Google TV has enough upgrades to easily justify its $50 price tag.

While the Onn 4K Pro’s Amlogic S905X4 processor is very similar to the S905Y4 chip used in the $20 model, that’s not necessarily a bad thing: both chips are good enough to handle 4K video streaming without much difficulty.

But the Onn 4K Pro brings a number of improvements when compared with the basic Onn 4K media streamer, including:

  • 3GB of RAM (up from 2GB)
  • 32GB of storage (up from 8GB)
  • WiFi 6 (up from WiFi 5)
  • USB 3.0 Type-A, 10/100 Ethernet, and HDMI ports (up from HDMI and micro USB 2.0 only)
  • Dolby Vision
  • Upgraded remote control with backlit keys and a remote finder function
  • Mic and speaker for hands-free usage

That mic and speaker actually allows you to use the Onn 4K Pro as a smart speaker. This $50 box is basically what you’d get if you combined a Google Nest Mini smart speaker with a Chromecast with Google TV.

In other words, if the $15 Onn HD stick and $20 Onn 4K box were Walmart’s answer to the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K, the $50 Onn 4K Pro is Walmart’s version of the Amazon Fire TV Cube, which has a list price of $140.

Walmart hasn’t officially announced the new Onn 4K Pro yet, but rumors that the company was planning to launch a new media streaming box had been making the rounds for weeks. And recently it began to shop up in select brick and mortar stores. It’s also now listed online at the Walmart website (although it seems to go in and out of stock).

YouTuber SuperDell-TV was one of the first to the new Onn 4K Pro Google TV box in a Walmart store, and posted an unboxing and first look video (It’s kind of long, because it was a live stream).

Shortly after SuperDell-TV’s video dropped, Elias at AFTVNews also picked one up from his local Walmart, performed some benchmarks, and created a helpful comparison showing how the new model stacks up against earlier members of the Onn line of Google TV devices.

Onn 4K Pro (2024)Onn 4K Box (2023)Onn HD Stick (2023)
Price$50$20$15
ProcessorAmlogic S905X4
4 x Cortex-A55 cores @ 2 GHz
Mali-G31 MP2 graphics
Amlogic S905Y4
4 x Cortex-A35 cores @ 2 GHz
Mali-G31 MP2 graphics
Amlogic S805X2
4 x Cortex-A35 cores @ 1.8 GHz
Mali-G31 MP2 graphics
RAM3GB2GB1.5GB
Storage (internal)32GB8GB8GB
Storage (external)USB 3.0 Type-AMicro USB 2.0 OTGMicro USB 2.0 OTG
NetworkingWiFi 6
10/100 Ethernet
WiFi 5
(Optional Ethernet via micro USB adapter)
Ports1 x HDMI
1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x 10/100 Ethernet
1 x DC power input
1 x HDMI
1 x micro USB (for power and date)
MicFar-field mics for hands-free operation
Mic on remote
Mic on remote
SpeakerYesNo
SoftwareGoogle TV / Android 12
Video4K/60fps
HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
4K/60fps
HDR10, HDR10+
1080p/60fps
HDR10, HDR10+

While one of the key differences between the Onn 4K Pro and earlier models is that you can use it as a hands-free smart speaker, that might not be something you want to use all the time. Fortunately there’s a hardware switch that lets you mute the microphone and an option for turning off “OK Google” voice detection in the device’s privacy settings.

And the upgraded RAM, storage, remote, and inclusion of USB-A and Ethernet jacks alone are more than enough to justify the higher price tag for the new model… even if it actually scores a little lower than the $20 model on some synthetic benchmarks.

via 9to5Google

This article was first published May 1, 2024 and most recently updated May 13, 2024, with the most recent update replacing the images to show that the remote control does not have the big blue “Free TV” button.  

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  1. I actually bought the thing (in part because my Roku stick started misbehaving after a few months ownership – I’ve mailed that back for replacement – had to pay the shipping).
    Annoying thing is the remote’s power button. If I use the remote’s shortcut button to switch input to cable (jeez I hate cable but my kid forced it into the house after college and the cable remote is pretty much the only remote the wife will use at this point) when I hit the power button, instead of just turning off the TV, it wakes up the Onn box which switches the TV input back to the Onn box thereby undoing my attempt to leave the cable box selected for the wife to use. Anybody know if there’s any way to assign the power button so it only turns the TV on and off? Anybody know where there’s an online manual that’d maybe have the answer? Anybody else buy this thing?

    1. Think I got the power button to do what I wanted, not entirely sure how I did it. But, where you want to be is, Settings>Bluetooth>Set up remote buttons>Power Button: in there are some radio buttons to click, in particular Auto (CBC), TV (CBC), onn, Steaming Device 4k pro, and (in my case now) Hisense TV(IR). Select the last one if it isn’t ghosted. Mine was ghosted (and had a different name) until I messed around with “Add device” for a time, trying to add my TV, which then showed up in a list of devices but with a warning it was not connected. Sometime during the course of all that an unghosted “Hisense RV (IR)” button became available. Then I deleted the TV from the list list of devices but the unghosted button is still there. I don’t remember having my power issue after the initial setup, but there were several firmware updates of the box and remote, so that could have caused the power button to forget the desired behavior. If I come up with a clearer process at some point I’ll let you know, but for the moment it seems to be behaving the way I want so I’m done.

      1. Adding a bit more to all that: in the “Set up remote buttons” submenu, in the DEVICES section, there’s also an “Add device – Add a TV, receiver or soundbar” submenu. Currently I also have “Hisense TV” under “Add device (etc)”. I assume I must have selected “Add device” to add “Hisense TV”, after which I had an unghosted fourth selection in the Power button submenu.

        1. Actually, I think the way I ended up with a properly working power button was by selecting Hisense TV under DEVICES, at which point can select “Set up buttons”, and then can select Power, once done setting that up there, the Power entry in “Set up buttons” will have a checkmark next to it on the right. Things worked right after getting that checkmark.

  2. Thanks for the link. Regular Walmart link doesn’t show the device. I was able to find 1 store in my area that have the new onn pro. I bought 4 of the 6. I ll go inside and purchase the other 2 before I go to the pick up lane.

    1. It’s a Google O.S, I don’t see why not. Installing Kodi can be done through the Google app store. Your favorite IPTV app, you should be able to sideload or install through an apk source, assuming it isn’t already in the google app store.

  3. Who cares? These days all these devices bombard you with ADS – Enshittification. Roku > Garbage bin. Amazon Fire > Garbage bin. Streaming as a greedy business model will always evolve into an AD-driven FAILURE. Subscriptions may work – once your inject REAL HONESTY. MBAs are the worst thing that ever happened to mankind.

    1. Or you can just flash these with LineageOS and call it a day instead of going on a schizo rant.

        1. Is there a way to have no ads in the base OS install (ie, NOT using a custom launcher) and to also get 4K Netflix streams?

          I think if you install OSS you lose Widevine Level 1, don’t you? So you get low-quality streaming.

    2. I like Hugh and I also like David’s shizo rants. Shizos are probably the most fun people. So what is not to like about either persons point of view? You are both entertaining and honest in your own way. Hugh I can’t find info on the newer models but this is dated to 2021, is it worth the 50$ risk to buy the new version for Lineage? https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/dopinder/

    3. I appreciate Hughm and also like David’s shizo rants. Shizos are the most fun. What is not to like about either person point of view? You are both being honest in your own way.

      I can’t find info on these newer models but this Lineage is dated to a 2021 version, is it worth the 50$ risk to buy the new version for the purpose of Lineage? wiki lineage devices

    4. Onn is far better than all the other options in terms of price, features, and software customization. Amazon comes with so much bloat the thing chokes. I was able to uninstall nearly everything on an Onn box (Only Youtube Music couldn’t be removed on the default apps). That USB A port is also key, since I use Kodi a lot, normally though a media server, but sometimes I am lazy.

  4. Onn. does it again. I can’t wait to get my hand on this new device. Upgraded specs with tons more memory. I love the old box (still do and it works great) but the new box is a definite must buy. Amazon who? 😂

    1. Upgraded specs with tons more memory smells like ad bloat is coming. Being an Onn box you may want to sniff the network to see what’s being monitored and reporting home.

      1. Or you may just want to substitute the onn box with a computer that isn’t running a proprietary operating system. Even though it costs more and people will think you’re weird.
        You’ll have to do that anyway if you find the onn box does something you don’t like, and if you do it first, you won’t have the sunk costs holding you back.

        1. Agreed. I was at one point looking into using a smart TV device, but found a nice laptop and installed Linux on it. With an external keyboard/mouse plus dual HDMI USB-C docking station, I can run two TVs at once for videos and gaming at the same time from one device that is also portable. Never going back.

        2. The whole point of these devices is portability and tiny price tag. I take mine on trips and plug into hotels’s crappy TVs to have the same experience as home

          1. In my case, it’s mainly that apps on the tv don’t have enough power or storage to run everything I’d like to have well. The big disappointment was how poorly memory attached to the usb port worked.