A new pendant-shaped streaming device running Android TV that shares a lot of similarities with the current Amazon Fire TV has just passed through FCC approval. The device, carrying FCC ID number 2AOVU-SN5B6AD, is made by Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen SEI Robotics Co., Ltd and was first spotted by Ausdroid. The Google branding on both the device and remote heavily suggest that it will be the successor to the Nexus Player and sold by Google.
The new Android TV streaming device carries the same Google “G” logo on its front as is found on the latest Chromecast. The “G” logo appears again on the device’s remote. Also on the remote is Google’s voice assistant logo where you’d find a microphone icon on past Android TV remotes. While this device could just be made by a company not associated with Google that is trying to cash in on Google’s branding, Google does hand off manufacturing of some of their first-party products, such as the Google Bud headphones, to a similar Shenzhen-based company.
Under the hood of the new streamer is an Amlogic S905X CPU with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. This is the same CPU found in the Mi Box released in 2016. The current Fire TV 3 uses the Amlogic S905Z, which is a newer version of this same CPU.
The Android TV pendant will have similar specs to the Mi Box, which includes 4K playback at 60fps and dual-band 802.11ac WiFi. There’s no mention of HDR support, but it’s probably safe to assume it will at least support HDR10. The FCC documents specifically mention that it will run the Android Oreo version of Android TV.
If this is indeed Google’s new official Android TV hardware and the successor to the Nexus Player, it will surely disappoint those who were hoping for something to compete with the likes of the NVIDIA Shield TV. With hardware that is about 2 years old, this Android TV pendent’s biggest hope for success would be an aggressively low price, which is unknown at this point.