Akai launches 'Smart Box'

Japanese consumer electronics firm Akai has launched ‘Smart Box’, which allows users to surf Internet on their television sets, at a price of Rs 6,590 in India. This android based service, powered by a 1.25-Ghz processor , comes with a wireless mouse for navigation. It is equipped with 4GB internal memory, expandable upto 32GB through SD card slot.

Commenting on the launch, Akai Managing Director Pranay Dhabhai said,” Our Smart box is set to change the way people watch television in India. TVs, irrespective of whether it’s a colour TV or LCDs and LEDs, are compatible with the device and using Smart Box can be converted into a smart television.”

With the Smart Box, users can access content like videos, games and websites using WiFi and broadband connection. It has 4 USB ports, hard drives as well as connect to Internet using 3G dongle. The device connects to the internet using LAN, WiFi as well as 3G. It also acts as a router using which other devices like tablet PCs and laptops can be connected to Internet.

Akai India will sell the devices through ecommerce stores, its website as well large format stores and distribution channels. It will also launch television commercials and digital campaigns for the device. There are similar devices available in the Indian market. In June this year, Amkette had launched its ‘EvoTV’ priced at Rs 9,995.

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