Kogan unveils Android TV dongle and keyboard

Australian online retailer Kogan unveiled a new home-theatre peripheral today, designed to deliver a smart TV experience to sets that don't have internet connectivity built in.

Australian online retailer Kogan unveiled a new home-theatre peripheral today, designed to deliver a smart TV experience to sets that don't have internet connectivity built in.

The Kogan TV Android user interface. (Credit: Kogan)

The Kogan Smart TV dongle plugs in to an HDMI port on a TV and launches an Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform, complete with apps, multimedia playback and web browsing. The dongle costs AU$99 and comes with WiFi connectivity. It also has a microSD card reader built into the unit, to store media for playback on the TV. Once plugged into a TV, it displays the Android interface and compatible content in a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels).

Inside the thumb drive-sized unit, Kogan packs a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB RAM and a Mali400 GPU. It also has a USB 2.0 port on the back of the dongle for transferring content from a PC to its 4GB of internal storage.

Kogan also offers a small, basic remote with the dongle, but has a compatible keypad with a trackpad available as an optional extra. The keypad costs AU$39, which has a full-QWERTY keyboard, a touch-sensitive trackpad, media controls and Android shortcuts.

The optional keyboard with trackpad. (Credit: Kogan)
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