Walmart is one of those retail stores that have been selling various tech products and accessories under its own brand. If you are not ware, it’s called “Onn.” The latter could make a name for itself. So the Onn-branded products have made a tough competition to products from more well-known brands like Apple, Google, Roku, and so on. Under this brand, we can find cables, accessories, and even Android tablets. However, the company is going to launch a new product. It turns out Walmart will launch its own Android TV streaming stick. But if this sounds quite normal, the price it is going to come at has made a huge stir.
Walmart’s biggest advantage was the low price policy it has been following to since the day it opened doors to its customers. And in this sense, the upcoming Android TV streaming stick is going to become another budget product in its niche. Recently, Walmart created a product listing for the “onn. FHD Streaming Stick” (via Android TV Guide). Though there is no buying option yet, the stick has a retail price of $24.88. So if the product retains this price before the official launch, it will become one of the cheapest Android TV streaming boxes to date.
As a reference, the Chromecast with Google TV and TiVo Stream 4K are both priced at $50. Of course, you can get your hands on them for even $40 when using various coupons and find deals, but they are still almost twice more than the Walmart Android TV streaming stick. Another rival, the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is currently available for $40 in the US. But these are Android TV sticks. As for outside of the Android ecosystem, the Roku Express costs $25. In this sense, Walmart will be offering an Android TV stick for a price of non-Android TV stick.
Walmart Android TV Streaming Stick Specs
Though we can’t get much information from the product listing, some details are provided. Say, the Walmart Android TV streaming stick will support a maximum resolution of 1080p, Dolby Audio, 1GB RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and a microUSB port for power. There is a Google Assistant button on the remote as well as a microphone for voice commands. We can also see dedicated buttons for YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max.
However, we still can’t insist that the Walmart Android TV streaming stick will work with Amazon Prime Video. As you know, it is blocked on many Android TV device. Morever, Netflix also blocks content playback on TV devices that the company hasn’t certified. But the button on the remote indicates this stick has been certified.