Some TVs, particularly those from Sony and TCL, got updated with this interface, but as far as streaming sticks go, we’ve had pretty much nothing. Not only is the Realme streaming stick the first third-party option running Google TV, but it’s also the first Google TV device to launch in India, as last year’s Chromecast never made its way there.
We recently learnt that Realme was developing a Google TV-powered streaming stick. The Realme GT Neo 2, a smartphone that packs a surprising punch for the price, has now been launched alongside the streaming stick. The streaming option is known as the Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick (quite the mouthful). This one stands out since it is powered by Google TV rather than normal old Android TV. The only other streaming stick (which wasn’t actually a “stick”) running the Google TV interface before the Realme streaming stick (we’re not typing it out again) was last year’s updated Chromecast.
Folks in India will be able to buy the GT Neo 2 starting on October 17th, while the streaming stick will be available beginning October 18th for ₹3,999 ($53). If you want to buy them in the US, though, tough luck.
As for the Realme GT Neo 2, it’s not exactly breaking news given that it was already announced for the Chinese market, but now it’s coming to India as well. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 870, which is basically a rehash of last year’s Snapdragon 865, but an amazingly capable chipset nonetheless. It also comes with a 120Hz display, a 5,000 mAh battery with 65W charging, and up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage. The higher-end model is priced at ₹35,999, which is the equivalent of $477, so you’re looking at a phone with awesome specs and a sensible price point.