More info on Google’s ‘Sabrina’ Android TV dongle leaks out

Google Sabrina Android TV dongle

One week after we got our first look at Google’s upcoming Android TV dongle, some new spec details about the device have leaked out.

The dongle, codenamed “Sabrina”, is reportedly powered by an Amlogic S905X2 system-on-a-chip that includes a quad-core CPU with ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.8GHz. XDA-Developers also reports that that SoC supports video decoding for 4Kp75 10-bit H.265 content, video output up to 4Kp60, and HDR playback with HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.

This SoC is present in several other Android TV devices, including Verizon’s Stream TV box.

Other specs of the Sabrina dongle include 2GB of RAM and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

These spec details were found inside a firmware image for Sabrina that also revealed a couple other tidbits about the device. First is that it may have an “Auto Low Latency Mode” that could be helpful in reducing lag for gaming. When enabled, the Sabrina would send a signal to your TV to activate this low latency mode (if it supports it), aka “Game Mode”.

This feature could mean that Google is planning to officially bring Stadia support to Android TV. While you can try Stadia on Android TV now by enabling that experimental feature we told you about yesterday, adding official support for Stadia to Android TV could help make the service available to more people. And when you’re already streaming a game from the cloud, lowering the latency between your devices would be even more helpful.

Finally, today’s report offers a bit more info on the remote that’ll be included with Sabrina. Code in an app preloaded with Sabrina hints that the device’s remote will include buttons for quick access to Netflix and YouTube, as well as a built-in microphone.

Past rumors have suggested that Google could launch this Android TV dongle in the summer with a price that’s at or below $80. Based on what we’ve heard about it so far, are you interested in Google’s Sabrina device?

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