Realme is all set to launch its first streaming stick very soon. The Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick runs its namesake Google TV operating system, and has 4K 60fps support as well as HDR10+ for sharp and colorful picture quality.
Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick launched on October 13, 2021. There’s currently no price tag attached to it, though we imagine it’ll be on par with Google TV at $50 / £60 / AU for Chromecast. $99 – and it could be even cheaper considering the lack of a dedicated remote.
Details can be seen on the official page of Realme 4K Smart Google TV. In addition to the above picture quality features, the Stick also has support for HDMI 2.1, USB-C connections and, as you might expect, built-in Google Assistant functionality.
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Oddly, the Stick’s official page doesn’t give much detail in the way of supported apps, only showing standouts like Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and Google Play Games.
However, as the device is powered by Google TV, it should be safe to assume that other popular streaming apps such as Disney Plus, Spotify and HBO Max are likely to be watched on Realme’s new Streaming Stick.
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While Realme is probably best known for its selection of mid-range smartphones like the Realme GT, the company has branched out into other types of products in the past, including smartwatches like the Realme Watch 2. The company has a reputation for launching quality products with low cost and relatively high specifications.
It looks like the same could happen with the Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick. Google TV is about as good as the tele-based operating system gets, with a responsive and easy-to-use interface that’s in the process of completely replacing the more divisive Android TV – and, if the price is right, So this might be the best way to upgrade your TV’s operating system to Google TV at relatively low cost. (Currently, you need a very new Sony TV like the A90J, or a Chromecast with a Google TV dongle to try out the new OS.)
Throw in other high-quality features like 4K resolution and gorgeous HDR10+ support at a potentially low price, and Realme just might be on to a winner. However, it’s sure to face competition against similarly priced streaming sticks like the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, which is also releasing in October and boasts support for HDR and Dolby Vision.
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