TCL MoVo Google TV first look and preview [video]
CES 2013 might have officially ended about four days ago, but we’re not quite ready to wrap up our coverage from the Las Vegas ground. Naturally, there isn’t anything still going on there, but you probably missed a couple of videos we shot last week due to all the Android-related fuss lately.
One of these clips is a preview of yet another Google TV device, called the TCL MoVo. The name probably doesn’t sound very familiar, but don’t think for a moment that TCL is a small company looking to just now get into this business.
On the contrary actually, because the Chinese multinational electronics giant has a history of over three decades, around 60,000 employees at the moment and holds the title of world’s fourth largest television producer, behind Samsung, LG and Sony.
Moreover, TCL is “to blame” for Alcatel’s recent impressive moves in the mobile world, having acquired half of the French company’s stakes back in 2005 and invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the new One Touch line-up of phones and tablets.
Now that you know who you’re dealing with, let’s see what this MoVo is all about. For starters, we should tell you that TCL has both a Google TV-enabled Smart TV and a set-top box ready to see daylight “later this year”.
The company is still awfully secretive about both devices, so you won’t be seeing much of them in the video embedded below. However, Derek Ross has managed to get the scoop on them, finding out that they will use version 3 of Google TV, which employs a new, sleeker and friendlier user interface.
TCL’s MoVo is gesture-enabled and comes with voice search support, while the remote of the set-top box is reported as the piece de resistance of the combo. Unfortunately, we have to take the word of Derek Ross and TCL’s charming representative on that, because for some reason the company has not allowed us to catch the remote on film.
Hardware details are mostly kept secret at this time, but we know the Marvell Armada 1500 SoC will be inside the set-top box. We will probably learn more things as soon as TCL puts up a pre-order page for the Google TV-enabled duo, but right now check our video clip and tell us your first impressions. Is TCL’s MoVo a real competitor for the new Google TV devices from Hisense and LG? Why? Why not?