Anker has released its new Nebula 4K Streaming Dongle box running Android TV 10, as spotted by 9to5Google. The device uses Google’s reference design, which means it shares identical specs with Walmart’s Onn 4K box and many other streaming devices. What is mind boggling is its ridiculously high price of $89.99, which is triple the price of Walmart’s streamer, despite being practically identical in every aspect.
The Nebula 4K Streaming Dongle, despite the name, is a small box that connects with an HDMI cable and does not hang, like the Fire TV 3 pendant or Tivo Stream 4K. It reportedly uses the same Amlogic S905Y2 CPU and ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU as the Walmart Onn, Tivo Stream 4K, and Dynalink Android TV box, however, those devices have a quad-core 1.8GHz clock speed, while Nebula’s description says its 4K Streaming Dongle has a CPU that is “up to 2GHz.” Neither Nebula, nor parent company Anker, list the streamer anywhere on their websites, which isn’t reassuring of their faith in the product.
It supports 4K @ 60fps and HDR10, but there is no support for HDR10+ or Dolby Vision. It supports H.265, H.264, and VP9 video decoding, but not AV1. It comes with 2GB of memory and 8GB of internal storage. It supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, but not Wi-Fi 6. Packed in is Google’s reference G10 remote, an HDMI cable, USB cable, power adapter, and batteries.
This device really feels like Anker just said “why not” and slapped their Nebula brand on a generic box that is already being sold by many other companies. I suspect the ridiculously high list price of $89.99 is just there to make the device seem like a deal when they inevitably put it “on sale” for much less. At least, I hope that’s the case and that they don’t think it’s actually worth this much.