Element Technologies Announces Stupidly Powerful Android TV Box With Kodi Built In
How does an Android TV box with a 64-Bit 1.5GHz Octo-Core processor, 2GB RAM, and 4K support at a full 60 frames per second sound to you? If you are anything like us, you have a little stream of drool running down your chin right now… it’s OK, take a minute to grab a tissue. We’ll wait,
As they say on the infomercials “But wait, there’s more!” Element loaded their new box, called the Ti8, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and full Google Play support. This means that in addition to the awesome Kodi media center software, the Ti8 will be able to use Android apps like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, HBO Now, Sling TV, HDHomeRun View, and just about anything else you can think of.
According to Element, the Ti8’s full list of specs are as follows:
- AMlogic S912 Octa-Core 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU up to 1.5GHz
- ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Memory
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 802.11ac 2.4/5.0GHz Dual Band WiFi
- Up to 4k resolutions
- LAN 10/100 RJ-45
- USB x 2 / SD Card x 1
- HDMI 2.0a with 3D, HDR, CEC
- SPDIF & DOLBY TrueHD and DTS HD Bypass through HDMI
That is a pretty impressive bit of hardware there. “The Octa-Core Processor is the cutting edge of streaming technology. We’re the first to bring this technology to the customer. It will provide the fastest, highest quality streaming at a great price.”said Chase Musser, President of Element Technologies. The Ti8 also includes an app they are calling “E-Z Stream Updater” to update Kodi with “the latest and greatest add-ons.” Likely these add-ons are of the streaming variety. Just be aware, that most of those types of add-ons tend to exist in a bit of a legal gray area. It is unlikely that men in black suits will break down your door especially if you are only playing media you already own, but use them at your own risk.
I know what you are thinking, “How much is it going to cost me?” There are 3 options available at 3 different price points. The basic package which includes the Ti8 and a basic remote comes in at $149.99. There is a package that includes an air mouse remote with a full qwerty keyboard for $169.99 although the air mouse looks exactly like ones that can be picked up on ebay for between $15 and $20. The last package includes the air mouse and a HD Antenna to pull in those over-the-air local channels for $194.99.
It isn’t the cheapest Android TV box on the market but it is a full $50 cheaper than the most basic Nvidia Shield TV, which has similar specs. Will you be picking one of these up?
The Ti8 is available now from Element Technologies.
Source: Element Technologies