A new FCC filing has appeared, first spotted by @AndroidTV_Rumor on Twitter, for a new streaming stick using Walmart’s Onn house brand. Walmart sells Android powered tablets and Roku powered TVs/soundbars under the Onn brand, but this appears to be their first stand-alone streaming device. The Onn streaming stick looks to be a 1080p device that will run Android 10.
It looks like Walmart will be calling the device the “Onn 2K Streaming Stick.” The device seems to be powered by the Amlogic S805Y CPU that capps out at 1080p playback and is the same SoC powering the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, which has received less than favorable reviews. Assuming it’s clocked at a similar 1.2 GHz as the Mi TV Stick, you can probably expect raw benchmark performance scores to be right around the Fire TV Stick Lite but below the 2020 Chromecast with Google TV. Speaking of Google TV, while Walmart’s device does seem to run Android 10, it’s unknown if it will run the generic version of Android TV or the new Google TV variant that is on the Chromecast.
The remote included with the Onn Streaming Stick is Google’s reference design remote. Similar to how all Fire TV Edition televisions and soundbars use the same remote, regardless of manufacturer, this reference remote from Google will be used by many Android TV devices and has already been released alongside other streaming devices. The Onn version of the remote includes YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max app buttons.
Assuming Walmart doesn’t mess up the device’s software too much, I expect that this Onn Streaming Stick should be a sufficient streaming media player for basic 1080p streaming needs. The biggest question is how much will it cost? Considering both Roku and Amazon have devices that start at $29.99, I expect the Onn Streaming Stick to be at that price point.
UPDATE: Rik in the comments points out that the remote looks like it can control TV power and volume. With that realization, I now don’t think this will be sold for $29.99. Since the least expensive device from both Amazon and Roku that comes with a remote that can control a TV is around $39.99, it’s probably more likely for this to be priced closer to $40 than $30.