ASUS Qube just sounds about the same as Nexus Q, but it seems to have a better prospect than Google’s own creation. It’s powered by Google TV but with ASUS’s own customization “Qube interface”, which is quite surprising to see since we were expecting the Qube to be the “Nexus” Google TV device. The black diagonal designed Qube will come with some snazzy sounding features, including motion sensing via remote control and voice control for opening apps as well as for surfing the Web and TV channels on a rotating on-screen cube shape inteface. Users will also be able to access to Google Play Store to download games and apps on your TV. And of course, not to miss out, that means it will include over 100,000 TV shows and movies through Google TV, which includes Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and a lot more.
Inside the Qube is a Marvell Armada 1500 chipset with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, which isn’t a lot of storage space at all, but ASUS promised to include 50GB of cloud storage space with every Qube with Google TV. On the outside, it has an IR receiver to work with a remote control, and there’s a full-sized USB port on the right side, presumably for quick access to plug in drives and other devices. At its back, there’s an HDMI in and out ports for TV pass through, as well as another USB port, ethernet and an analog in/out jack.
The Qube’s “advanced remote” is a standard Google TV setup, which uses a combination of multitouch, motion control, and a shitload of buttons. The back of the remote has a full QWERTY keyboard (showed in the first hands-on video), which would appear to be friendly for typing search terms on the TV. If you think it still isn’t good enough, ASUS also has a Mobile Remote app from the Google Play store that you can get additional controls by using your phones or tablets.
ASUS Qube will not come with a sky high price like Nexus Q. According to TheVerge, ASUS Qube will launch in March with a suggested retail price of $150. Although there’re cheaper solutions from from Apple, Roku, and even other Google TV set-top boxes, those won’t include motion sensing control like on the ASUS Qube.
See what else happened this year at CES 2013.
You Can Buy Fresh Crocodile Meat in China Supermarket
Lenovo First MediaTek-based Smartphone Teased by Kobe Bryant (Video)
Chinese Employees Ordered to Crawl Like Dog in Public to Cope with Stress (Video)
Chinese Scientist Only Interested in Porn and Pirated Movies, Not NASA Secrets