Nokia launches Android streaming box for Rs 3,499 but Mi TV Stick seems better

Nokia Media Streamer runs Android 9 Pie and supports Google Play Store. You also get Dolby Audio on the streaming box.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia has launched a new streaming device called the Nokia Media Streamer.
  • Nokia Media Streamer has 8GB of storage and supports Android apps.
  • It offers Dolby Audio feature on sound but lacks HDR for the price of Rs 3,499.

Nokia has launched a new media streaming box in India. It is calling the box Nokia Media Streamer, which is not a very catchy name in front of devices such as Mi TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV Stick but, for the right reasons. It is not a stick, it is a square box with rounded edges that is accompanied by remote control. It is more like the Mi Box 4K but less compact.

The Nokia Media Streamer costs Rs 3,499 and will ship starting August 28. For this price, you also get the Mi Box 4K (Review) and the MarQ Turbostream but there is a cheaper alternative. The Mi TV Stick at Rs 2,799, which is way too less than what the Nokia’s streaming device costs. Amazon Fire TV Stick costs Rs 3,999, on the other hand.

Nokia is partnering Flipkart for the sale of the Nokia Media Streamer, as it did previously with the Nokia Smart TV. This collaboration means the device will only be available on Flipkart, at least initially.

Much like other streaming devices, Nokia Media Streamer is based on Android 9 Pie. The software allows you to install any compatible app on the 8GB of storage on the device. Nokia’s streaming device also supports Chromecast and Google Assistant but there is not a hotkey on the remote control to summon it. What you do get on the remote control are the hotkeys for Netflix and, weirdly, for ZEE5, among other buttons. Remote controls from other platforms have YouTube and Amazon Prime Video hotkeys prominently.

An octa-core processor powers the Nokia Media Streamer in tandem with 1GB of RAM, which is also what you get on other devices from the same category. The Nokia Media Streamer also supports Dolby Audio, which is a good feature to have for that type of content. But I hope Nokia could have at least given HDR support for videos on the streaming device. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and even Disney+ Hotstar have HDR content aplenty and it only makes sense to have that feature on your streaming device, especially for the price of Rs 3,499.

I have used both smart televisions and streaming sticks over the past few years, only to find the latter more reasonable. A streaming device can turn a totally dumb TV into a smart one, the one that can run all popular apps and offers quality content from the streaming services. But the change in the TV market brought by the likes of Realme, Xiaomi, TCL, Kodak, even a Rs 13k television runs Android now. So the use of these streaming devices gets narrowed down to the televisions that are moderately old.

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