Mele showcases quad-core Android set-top box

Posted by Shane McGlaun and Trent Nouveau

Mele recently showcased its very first set-top box powered by an Allwinner A31 quad-core SoC.

You can check out the video below for additional details - and even if the company rep doesn't offer up all the specs, we do manage to get a fairly good idea of the hardware inside the box.

For example, we know that the Allwinner A31 quad-core processor is paired with 8 GB of flash storage. We can also tell from the video that the graphics are very nice and the playback is very fluid. Plus, you can see that Melee designed a user interface (UI) that sits on top of the Android operating system and is somewhat reminiscent of Windows 8.

Video games played on set top box are controlled by holding the included remote control sideways like a Nintendo Wii controller. From what I can tell, there appears to be very little lag between the controller and the action onscreen. The remote control features a keyboard on one side and a standard remote control on the other. You can also use the remote as a handset for making Skype voice calls thanks to an integrated speaker and microphone.

Oh, and yes, the retail price for the set top box is expected to be around $110. Of course, this isn't the first device we've seen running the latest Allwinner processor, as a number of Android PCs-on-a-stick have been spotted with the same SoC.