Friday, April 14, 2023

New Onn box is coming

A couple of years ago, I tested the Walmart streaming devices. I was less than impressed.

In recent months, word was that Walmart was discontinuing the devices. They became hard to get as the stock dwindled and the items were not replaced.

There was speculation that Walmart was moving to the Xumo device, as they had partnered with Xfinity and Spectrum to carry those.

The other speculation was that a lineup refresh was coming.

Well, why not both?

Why not indeed.

Turns out that while plans for the new Xumo device are still in the works, a new lineup of Onn streaming devices have been announced. And while the devices have some upgraded hardware, they're still pretty skimpy in regards to the specs:

Under the hood, the new 2023 Onn 4K Streaming Box is powered by an Amlogic S905Y4. This is a very minor update over the 2021 model which used an Amlogic S905Y2. The only real difference between the two is the addition of AV1 video decoding on the newer model. It’s still a quad-core CPU and still has a Mali-G31 GPU. Like the old one, the new Onn streamer still has 2GB of RAM and, unfortunately, still has only 8GB of internal storage.

I'll probably get one to test it -- it is pretty cheap, after all -- but don't have high hopes about it. My Streaming Life is just fine without it. If I want a good Google TV device, I have an NVIDIA Shield.

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