WeTek made some big news at CABSAT 2016 last week with several new models, and some updates to some old friends.
For those of us on the other side of the world, CABSAT is one of the major trade shows for digital media, content delivery, broadcast, production, and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA). Since Asia is such a huge market for TV boxes and streaming media, it makes sense that WeTek would debut their new devices there instead of waiting until mid-May for CES Asia.
WeTek announced four new devices at this year’s show. Two of them, the WeTek Streamer and the Streamer 4K are designed as low-cost, specific use solutions without any unnecessary features. Meaning that they aren’t for everyone. Since details are limited for those two TV boxes, I won’t cover them here.
Stay tuned. I’ll share more information as it becomes available.
WeTek Core in stock!
No new product news about the WeTek Core, although it was available at the CABSAT show. However, if you’ve been on the waiting list for a Core, then I’ve got some good news: The WeTek Core is (finally) back in stock!
You can order directly at https://wetek.com/shop.
Now for the good stuff….
WeTek Play 2S
The original WeTek Play has been one of the most popular TV boxes on the market since it was released back in 2014.
Unlike most other manufacturers, WeTek has been trying to forge strong relationships with the major players in the industry. They are official sponsors of the OpenELEC project, and Diamond Sponsors of the XBMC \ Kodi project. More recently, they’ve become an official licensee of DTS.
Two different versions of the Play are coming – the major difference is in the amount of RAM and storage that they come with. The WeTek Play 2 comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of eMMC flash storage. The WeTek Play 2S doubles each of those to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC. Both devices are powered by the newest AmLogic S905-H (revision C) CPU.
Sidenote: in case you’re wondering, the Revision C is a new upgrade to the S905 which fixes some video issues which were common to the first revision. Revision B also included these fixes.
But…the WeTek Play 2S also includes an mSATA connection for internal SSD drives, which promises faster speeds if you choose to upgrade in the future. Finally, the WeTek Play 2S includes an upgraded air-mouse instead of the IR remote that comes with the Play 2.
Pricing hasn’t been set yet for either model, but it is expected to be released before Summer 2016.
WeTek has been teasing their new TV box for some time with the hashtag #TheNewBox, and the initial specs look promising.
The WeTek Hub is the smallest device that WeTek makes, and one of the smallest TV boxes I’ve seen ince the CuBox-i. That’s where the similarities end, though.
The new WeTek Hub is based on a new revision of the AmLogic S905 CPU and runs Android 5.1.1, like most of the newer boxes being released today. The AmLogic CPU, paired with the 5-core GPU gives it better overall video performance while running Kodi or OpenELEC, which is a Kodi fork (variant).
No official word on price yet It’s rumored to be in the $70-$90 range, which would put it in-line with other S905 TV boxes like the MINIX U1.
WeTek OS 1.1.7
Finally, WeTek has released an update to the original WeTek Play operating system. OS 1.1.7 is now available through OTA (Over The Air) firmware update.
One of the major enhancements is that the Kodi media player app has been updated to v16.0 Jarvis.
The update should push to your device automatically, but there is a manual option as well.
To start the update process, launch the WeUpdate app from your quick launch bar, or the Apps section of the home screen.
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