Nokia used to have a wide variety of consumer products throughout its long history, and some of those products were quite popular and used in daily life, like car tires, TVs, and later on phones. With the sales of the Devices and services department, the Nokia brand was kind of doomed, even though the Nokia name was still being present on feature phones. HMD Global licensing deal brought some life back to the Nokia brand, and Nokia itself did a great boost by announcing WiFi beacons. This started looking like there is a plan of creating the whole Nokia ecosystem of home products, and the deal with Flipkart made that dream come true. Now, after a long time, we have Nokia phones, WiFi beacons, TVs available in the consumer market, but the dream is pretty much limited to some specific markets. Well, it was like that until Austrian company StreamView announced that they will be bringing Nokia branded TVs and TV boxes outside of India.
Nokia Streambox 8000 is the first out of two Nokia branded products that the Austrian company StreamView is bringing to the European market. The other one is Nokia smart TVs, but Nokia Streambox 8000 has just landed, so let’s deal with that product. The main goal of this TV box is to make your old LCD TV usable again, and a bit smarter by bringing Android TV to your everyday life. Or you can use it with your large PC monitor to spice it up a bit when you are not on your PC.
This box isn’t good just because it runs Android 10, and has some premium services. It is also good because it brings good hardware like dual-band MIMO WiFi antenna, Bluetooth 4.2, and numerous connection interfaces (Ethernet LAN, HDMI, USB-A 3.0, 3.5 mm AV, Optical Audio, and USB-C). The box also supports Dolby Audio, which is standard today, and it also has Chromecast Built-in for easier wireless screen sharing from smartphones and other devices. Since the box is coming with 8GB of internal memory, it is good that you can connect an external disc to it and expand its memory. The box is also compatible with a BT keyboard or a game controller, which makes it great for some fun hours.
Here are the basic specs of the Nokia android TV setup:
Name: Nokia Stream Box 8000
Dimensions: 112x112x24 mm
Mass: 250 g
Processor: Amlogic S905X3, Quad-Core Cortex-A55; ARM Mali-G31 MP2
RAM: DDR3 2 GB
Memory: eMMC: 8 GB
Ports: HDMI, USB-A 3.0, Digital audio, 3.5 mm AV, USB-C, Ethernet LAN, DC IN
Connectivity: WiFi 2.4 GHz. 5 GHz, BT 4.2
Display resolution: up to 4K Ultra HD
OS: Android 10
The box came to my doors in 5 days over a currier, this time UPS. You get a tracking code so you can follow the item along the way and check when it will be delivered. The box looks premium since it is made of harder cardboard. The outer design slightly resembles the boxes of other Nokia products, like Nokia Mobile’s smartphones and audio accessories. On the front, you see the TV box and a backlit remote, which is a great feature to have. The rest of the box has basic specs printed, streaming services listed, and some use case scenarios for the box explained at the back. The box opens up like the box of Nokia 8.3, by raising the top cover off, and you get a TV box wrapped in a plastic bag. Below the product, you’ll find a quick guide and a warranty. When you take the product cradle out, you see a rather long remote, 2 AAA batteries, 120 cm long HDMI cable, and a Nokia branded PA1210 EU 12W wall charger.
The design of a Streaming Box 8000 is quite simple. It is literally a box, actually a flat cube that measures approximately 11x11x2 cm. On top of the box is a shiny Nokia logo imprinted in the polycarbonate plastic with a matt finish, while the side surfaces are also shiny. At the back are situated all the connectors, well most of them since USB-A is placed on the right side. The central part of the bottom side is a bit elevated, and there you can find a rubber stand so the box won’t slide of shiny surfaces, and there are some basic info about the device and a reset button.
The remote controller is pretty long, but it has all the needed buttons, just like a proper TV remote. The best thing about this remote is that the keys are backlit, which will come in handy at night.
The Nokia TV box is a bit larger than Mi Box S, which is more pleasant to the eye because of its curved body lines, but Nokia TV Box offers way more connectivity interfaces, and a latest Android 10 OS.
Do check the unboxing video of Nokia Streaming Box 8000
We’ll be testing the box in the coming days, so if you have any questions, fire away. If you are from India, do check the review of a Nokia TV Box that Flipkart is selling exclusively in India.
Off we go!
Big thanks to StreamView for letting us test this product and making a dream come true 😉 Check more details about the box at their pages.