Alongside the Meizu M5 and the H1 Smart Band, the Chinese firm has launched a new Android TV box. Dubbed the Meizu TV Box, it is a direct competitor to the Xiaomi 4K TV Box and the LeEco TV Box U4, both of which currently retails in US at $69 and $79.99 respectively.
The Meizu TV Box comes in an unorthodox triangular design that features a glossy surface with a M logo located in the centre. The base of the TV box however is made out of matte plastic. It’s worth noting that the M logo located on the top of the TV also bears the power button. Apart from that the Android TV box from Meizu comes with USB, HDMI, Ethernet and a power port for charging the device.
Internally the Meizu TV Box is powered by 64-bit quad core Cortex A53 processor that comes coupled with Mali 450 MP5 GPU. This is clubbed with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The Meizu TV Box comes with support for 4K decoding and is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the company’s own Flyme TV interface on top.
Just like the Mi 4K TV Box, the one from Meizu comes with a Bluetooth remote which also supports voice commands. The remote can function from an effective distance of eight meters and has a button that turns on the voice control feature. The Meizu TV Box can also be controlled via a smartphone app, that even allows users to cast their smartphone screen on their TV.
Talking of content, the Meizu TV Box that comes with Dolby Atmos certification supports multiple streaming platforms like Youku, Sohu, PPTV. That said, it’s quite natural for you to unfamiliar with these streaming platforms as they are mainly popular in China. Nevertheless, if and when this 4K TV Box makes its way to global markets we can expect to see Meizu tie up with the likes of Netflix, BBC, HBO etc. Apart from these, the Meizu TV Box supports a number of games from EA sports and offer supports for music streaming platforms in China.
The Meizu TV Box is available in Black and White color variants and will go on sale in China starting November 11 on Lynx at 299 Yuan (Rs 2,947/$45 approx.) This makes it by far the cheapest Android TV Box to come with support for 4K content, beating the likes of Xiaomi and LeEco by a huge margin.