Google Android TV dongle main features leaked, tilted to pack Amlogic S905X2 SoC


Google is reportedly working on a new Android TV dongle that will provide a more streamlined experience for users. The new dongle would be the successor to the Chromecast. A new report suggests that the Android TV dongle named Sabrina will contain 2GB of RAM and be powered by the Armlogic S905X2 processor. The latest report also discloses a few other key features that can be built into the Android TV dongle, including support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Details of the accompanying remote control have also been leaked.

Dead man from developers XDA96385 examined Device Tree Source (DTS) files contained in the previously disclosed preview firmware boot image. He learned about the main features of the Android TV dongle, including 2 GB of RAM. The report states that the device is powered by the 1.8GHz quad-core Amlogic S905X2 12nm processor, paired with the ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. The system on a chip supports video decoding for 4Kp75 10-bit H.265 content, video output up to 4Kp60 over HDMI 2.1, HDR video playback with HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.

The report also suggests that Google’s Android TV dongle comes with a preinstalled system app called “SabrinaService”. This app has a feature called “Auto Low Latency Mode – an HDMI 2.1 specification – which allows the device to reduce lag when automatically displaying video. The report says many TVs will market this feature. as a “game mode,” and this feature is being introduced to support the Google Stadia cloud gaming service. Google is expected to bring Stadia support to Android TV this year, but it’s unclear when that will happen.

The SabrinaService app also hints at the Android TV dongle remote with dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons, as well as support for a microphone to activate voice commands. The remote that will come with the Android TV dongle will also support the long press action on one of the keys, and another class of SabrinaService reveals that the dedicated remote likely connects to the device via Bluetooth. The DTS file also hints that Google’s Android TV dongle will ship with Broadcom’s BCM43569 combo chip for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support and Cadence’s Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP.

An earlier leak shows that the Android TV dongle will have an oval shape and will likely be docked to the HDMI port on the user’s TV. The remote has a dedicated Google Assistant button, suggesting voice commands. It’s unclear when Google’s Android TV will officially launch, and the tech giant has yet to make any hint about it.

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