A lot of people might be going crazy over Google Chromecast, but many more would still prefer more conventional appliances for their entertainment needs. For those kind of people, Hisense offers two new alternatives in the form of a Smart TV and a set top box, both of which give users access to Google’s ecosystem via Google Services for Smart TVs, the fancy new name for Google TV.
The Hisense H6 Smart TV is actually a full-fledged Android device running Android 4.2.2. It is powered by a Marvell ARMADA 1500 Plus HD Media processor, from the very same people that make the chip inside the Chromecast. It boasts of a 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 GB of RAM and a internal storage of 8 GB. With the Hisense H6 Smart TV debuts a new EasyView user interface that will make navigation easy and intuitive using the accompanying remote control. Buyers will have an option of either 40-inch, 50-inch, or 55-inch models.
Those who do not want to part ways with their existing TVs can instead opt for the new Pulse PRO set top box. The company doesn’t disclose if this device runs Android as well but it does include support for the same Google Services, including Chrome, YouTube, and Google Voice Search. In addition, it also supports Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, and PrimeTime. The Pulse PRO runs on a MARVEL BG2-CT board and has 1 GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 4 GB. It has support for various connectivity ports and features such as HDMI, Infrared, DLNA, WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and USB.
Both the Hisense H6 Smart TV and Pulse PRO run the company’s custom Social TV app and cloud services, Both are also compatible with the H6 remote, sold separately in the case of the Pulse PRO, that features a 30-key interface, air mouse, and built-in microphone.