Akai Smart Box - Surf Internet from TV

Akai has launched its Smart box that allows you to surf the internet on your TV. But that's not all; Smart box has a lot to offer. Let's find out more about Smart box through this article.

Smart phones have become a part of our daily life. Whether it comes to surfing internet, watching videos, listening music and chatting with friends, smart phones play an important role to fulfill our daily needs. If phones have become so smart, why the TVs should lag behind? With the introduction of internet surfing on the TVs, a new world of smart TVs has been created.

Akai Smart box

Japanese consumer Electronics Company AKAI has launched a device to enable internet surfing on the television. This device is named as the "Smart box" and is priced at Rs.6590 in India.

The Smart box is compatible with all television models like CRT, LCD and LED. It is an Android based device and uses Android version 2.3 (Ginger bread). It allows the user to surf internet, watch videos, play games, check e-mails, listen to music, login to Facebook and various other social networking websites and use Android apps from the Android market. For easy navigation, Smart box is provided with a wireless mouse that makes it easy to use. The device can be connected to the internet using LAN, Wi-Fi as well as 3G. It can also be used as a router through which other devices can be connected to use the internet like laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Marketing strategy

Akai has planned to launch 1 lakh units of Smart box in the market in India. The company believes to generate a revenue of Rs.250 crore by the end of this fiscal year. Smart box is supposed to contribute 20% in this revenue. Akai India's last year revenue was Rs.175 crore.

Affordable alternative for a Smart TV

If you buy a smart TV, you may have to spend a lot of money to buy it. However, with the Smart box, you have an option to convert your existing television set into a smart TV. The best part of it is that you have to spend only Rs.6590 for this conversion. So, it is an affordable alternative to Smart TVs.

What you can do with the Smart box?

  • You can use it to watch videos and listen music on the internet as well as your own music and video files through external storage.
  • You can check e-mails, login to Facebook and other social networking websites.
  • It uses Wi-Fi to connect to the internet and can be used as a router by other devices to connect to the internet.
  • It has 4 USB ports which can be used to connect mouse, keyboard, webcam and an external hard drive.
  • Through external hard drive, you can watch your personal pictures, videos and other files.
  • When connected to a Wi-Fi, Smart box can be used to play music, videos and pictures from a mobile through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) function.
  • It has 4GB inbuilt memory which can be expanded to 32 GB. You can record your own videos through webcam and store them.

Features of Smart box

  • Browse internet and download files.
  • Operating system : Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
  • 1.25 GHz CPU processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet port.
  • Wireless mouse.
  • 4 X USB 2.0 port and HDMI port for full HD video playback.
  • 4 GB internal memory can be expanded up to 32 GB ( through SD/MMC card slot).
  • DLNA function supported.
  • Can be used as a router through Wi-Fi.
  • Supports YouTube videos.

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