IFA 2012 – BERLIN. Chinese manufacturer Hisense is planning to launch a Google TV set-top box called Pulse, to hit US stores in November.
Priced at $99 (€79) the new box supports images up to 1080p HD and comes with a variety of carious connection options that includes built-in Wi-Fi, USB, HDMI and Ethernet port.
Built on Android, Google TV brings TV-optimised versions of Google services: Chrome, Google Play, Search, TV & Movies and YouTube.
“This box effectively bridges the gap to the latest in home entertainment, without the need for expensive hardware upgrades,” said JoAnne Foist, director of marketing. Hisense USA.
“Most people have at least one HDTV in their home and with the addition of a Hisense Pulse with Google TV, we offer the liberty of accessing not just TV, but a host of streaming content, web surfing and TV apps (such as Pandora Radio, CNNMoney, Motor Trend, and Thuuz) that are available in Google Play. Compared to other streaming devices, the Hisense Pulse with Google TV allows consumers to experience a new level of smart content discovery and viewing recommendations. Hisense delivers a low-cost device that provides the outstanding performance and quality for which our brand is known.”
Also included in the box is a double-sided remote control featuring a built-in touchpad and dedicated Netflix button on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other side allowing easy web and search features.
The Hisense Pulse is very small, measuring 4.5 inches square x 1.4 inches tall), and weighing just 1.5 pounds.