A curious device from Asus has made its way to GFXBench. The Nexus Player runs Android L and it is powered by an Intel quad core processor.
It is rumoured to be Google’s launch device for Android TV, set to launch in a couple of months, if not sooner. The benchmark reveals 1GB of RAM, 5.8GB of storage, a quad-core Intel “CPU 4000” part with Imagination PowerVR Rogue G6430 graphics on board. It is important to note that this is not a reference design or anything – Android TV should support Qualcomm, MediaTek, Marvell and Nvidia processors as well.
The Nexus Player was listed as running two displays, 23.7-inch and 31.9-inch 1080p displays. While this could point to smart TVs, it is a lot more likely that these were just displays used in testing, as the Asus Nexus Player is expected to end up as a standalone device.
However, Android TVs will eventually materialise. Sharp, Philips, TP Vision and Sony are already developing fully fledged Android TV sets.