A fresh FCC filing reveals a new Sony Google TV version – model number NSZ-GU1 – which sort-of looks like a Chromecast, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily offer similar functionality.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the FCC application, but it looks like the available documentation has been updated to offer plenty of images and even a user manual. We’ll also add that the device is yet to be unveiled by Sony.
According to the information available, the NSZ-GU1 will use a MHL/HDMI port to connect to a TV, just like the Chromecast does, but the device is expected to offer Google TV features.
The entire thing looks rather strange, especially when compared to the Chromecast, which is a much simple-looking dongle that’s almost hidden away once connected to a TV.
The NSZ-GU1 measures 109 x 42 x 22.5 mm and weights 70g. Comparatively, the Chromecast is significantly smaller, measuring 72 x 35 x 12 mm and weighing only 34g.
When it comes to specs and features, the NSZ-GU1 will offer a low-power Marvell De3108 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory, 720p video support Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB support, IR support and Bluetooth 3.0.
Considering that the NSZ-GU1 has already hit the FCC, we would expect it to be launched in the near future, although we don’t have any release dates or pricing details for you at this time.
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Honestly I would love to see Google TV somehow get ported/integrated into Windows Media Center over new dongles/set top boxes… I already run all my media, cable included through my PC and mostly through WMC thanks to different plugins… The ability to do Google TV through that would just make it even better… Probably a pipe dream though…