Originally Posted by jjsoviet
Uhm, no. This dongle has a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor (possibly 4430/4460) and so it can run Android very well. And it does scale the apps to 1080p resolution, which in the demos makes for a usable experience. Come a more tablet-oriented interface like Ice Cream Sandwich, this will be a viable alternative to HTPCs and set-top boxes with the added bonus of portability.
No, it is no where near powerful enough for a the typical content people play on an HTPC. It could probably play a DVD rip pretty well, but there's no way your going to play blu-rays, or blu-ray rips off this thing. There's no way your going to play high quality 1080p mkv files either.
I have a hard enough time trying to play these types of files on my netbook which is more powerful than this thing.
That's great that it can scale apps to 1080p but really its not going to make much of a difference considering the original resolution is something around 800 by 600. Also, like I already said, most people don't have touch screen TV's. Your going to have to perform touch actions with a mouse and cursor which is going to suck. Doesn't really matter if we get a "more tablet oriented interface" because HDTV's are not tablets.
Only thing this is going to do is turn normal TV's into "smart tv's" which to be honest suck pretty badly considering they lack support for a lot of commonly used formats. At this point devices like this are really nothing more than toys until they start getting more format support like you would get on a windows based HTPC.