Google TV is a new smart TV experience that’s quickly replacing the classic Android TV interface found on most Android TV Smart TVs and streaming players. The only way to get it currently is to buy the latest Android TV-based TCL and Sony Smart TVs or the 2020 Chromecast.
However, yesterday Realme announced their Google TV-based streaming stick dubbed the “Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick“, along with the new Realme Neo GT 2.
This streaming stick takes cues from Amazon’s Fire TV sticks or the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick in design. It plugs straight into the HDMI port of your existing TV without the need for an extra HDMI cable. It’s officially certified by Google and is powered by the new Google TV interface.
That means you get the full power of the Google Voice Assistant, Chromecast, over 7000+ Apps from the Google Play Store along with the new Google TV Smart TV experience. If you’re buying an Android TV Smart TV or Streaming device, we highly recommend, you get one with Google TV.
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The Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick supports 4K at 60 FPS and HDR 10+ and the AV1 codec. That means you get high-quality pictures, however, your TV should also support 4K resolution. It doesn’t support Dolby Vision and Atmos which are considered the gold standard in HDR support and picture quality.
This stick also supports the latest HDMI 2.1 standard. The HDMI 2.1 spec leverages Dynamic HDR which optimizes displayed video on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis, increased bandwidth up to 48Gbps, higher resolutions up to 10K at 120 FPS, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) which less lag and stutter making it great for gaming. This makes it one of the very few streaming sticks that support HDMI 2.1.
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Realme has remained mute about the other specs of the device including Storage, RAM, processor, WiFi, and Bluetooth versions. We shall update you with more details as they come.
The Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick will be priced at Rs 3,999 ($55). This is more than the $49.99 price tag on the new Chromecast with Google TV device though. This stick is now available on flipkart.com for ₹3,699 and offline stores.