T-Mobile launches TVision Hub, a Google TV 4K streaming stick
T-Mobile has launched a new 4K streaming device powered by Google TV called TVision Hub. It sports a Chromecast-like design and should perform the same as well. But there are a few extra features to the trailer.
First off, the TVision Hub has a built-in Ethernet port, something you can’t find on Google’s Chromecast with Google TV. This should allow you to directly plug in an internet cable if your home Wi-Fi is not stable or fast enough to stream 4K content when available. T-Mobile will not, however, provide an Ethernet cable in retail.
T-Mobile’s website says the device has a micro USB port for power as well as a USB Type-C port. You will get both the charging adapter as well as a USB cable in the box.
The accompanying remote control also comes with additional features. It not only has a dedicated power button for the box, but also for the TV, as well as input controls. There appear to be shortcut buttons for the Live TV guide as well as YouTube, Netflix, and a T-Mobile branded TV app. It’s unclear what the latter is, as T-Mobile has already shut down its streaming service, which was also interesting under the TVision brand. Maybe there is something new to come. We will see.
Like on Google’s Chromecast, the dedicated Google Assistant button on T-Mobile’s TVision remote control will allow you to access live content as well as recorded content via voice commands. You can also use it to open apps or perform other actions.
With built-in Chromecast support, you’ll be able to stream content from your phone to your TV through TVision Hub. You can also connect headphones, gamepads and other devices via Bluetooth for an immersive experience on the big screen.
T-Mobile TVision Hub: specifications and prices
The T-Mobile TVision Hub is powered by an Amlogic S905Y4 chipset. It has a 64-bit quad-core processor and an ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of flash storage. We also support 2 × 2 Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. The device would have Support AV1 decode and run Android TV 11 out of the box.
T-Mobile will charge $ 50 for the TVision Hub, which is the cost of Google’s Chromecast with Google TV at launch. At that price, you get access to over 8,000 streaming apps with over 700,000 movies and TV shows as well as live TV. But if you get a new line of qualifying home internet services from T-Mobile, you can get the streaming key at no additional cost. You can check the official T-Mobile website for more details.