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Chinese giants combine for miniature FunBox release
AFP
March 20, 2014
First Published: 10:44 IST(20/3/2014)
Last Updated: 10:49 IST(20/3/2014)
ZTE9's FunBox comes in 12 different colors. Photo: AFP

Released March 19 for the Chinese console market, mobile telco ZTE and internet firm The9's FunBox packs Tegra4 power and comes in a choice of 12 colors.

Online sales don't actually start until April, ZTE9 having tied up a deal to supply Chinese shopping site JD.com with its new entertainment cube.

Gaming, video chat and online video are the cubic console's three pillars, with ZTE9's chairman promising a "comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses hardware, content and channels," aiming for a consumer-grade, "high-quality home entertainment experience."

Internally, the Tegra4 chip sits alongside a 72-core GeForce graphics processor that boasts 2GB of DDR3L memory, while 8GB of flash memory serves the unit as a whole.

It might have trouble facing up to a PlayStation 4 or a laptop PC, but in terms of specs and stated aims the FunBox has more in common with Android-powered micro-consoles such as the Ouya, GameStick, and Amazon's expected variant.

As a result, its particular combination of components led the ZTE9 press release to dub it "the highest performance home entertainment console currently available globally" -- though whether it will see an international release is considered doubtful.


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