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Lenovo Readies Streaming Media Device

Beijing – Lenovo plans August availability of its first streaming-media device that displays smartphone- and tablet-stored content on a TV.

The $49 Lenovo Cast plugs into a TV’s HDMI port via included 1-meter cable to stream on- and off-line pictures, audio, 1080p video, and games from DLNA- or Miracast-enabled smartphones and tablets. With Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Cast streams from a distance up to 20 meters (66 feet) through walls. The distance when sending 1080p video is limited to up to 15 meters over the 5GHz Wi-Fi band and up to 5 meters when sending 1080p video over the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band, the company said.

It features HDMI 1.3 port with HDCP 2.0 copy protection.

The hockey-puck-shaped device comes with a bracket for mounting on the back of a TV and measures 2.76 inches in diameter and 0.59 inches in depth.

People “want to share a variety of content from their smartphones and tablets, such as online videos and games, with friends and family on a larger screen,” said Liu Jun, Lenovo EVP and president of the mobile business group.

The product was unveiled at Lenovo’s first Tech World, where the company talked up its five-year vision for computing and emerging technologies and unveiled new products.