Google’s Android TV Streaming dongle, Sabrina, surfaces yet again

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 24 Aug 2020

Google’s Android streaming dongle, codenamed Sabrina has popped up in an FCC filing.

The devices that have popped up on the streaming service are an “Interactive Media Streaming Device” and a “Wireless Device”.

This could be referring to the streaming dongle and the accompanying remote control.

Google’s Android TV Streaming dongle, Sabrina, surfaces yet again
Google’s Android TV Streaming dongle, Sabrina, surfaces yet again

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Google’s next-gen streaming dongle, Sabrina has been leaked a few times before highlighting the design, UI and remote control. Today, however, the device has popped up in an FCC listing which means we could hear something official about the streaming dongle soon. Spotted by 9to5Google, the two devices in the FCC listing are called an “Interactive Media Streaming Device” and a “Wireless Device” with the model numbers GZRNL and G9N9N respectively. The “Interactive Media Streaming Device” is speculated to be the successor to Google’s Chromecast Ultra codenamed Sabrina while the “Wireless Device” is speculated to be the remote control. 

According to 9to5Google, “All the interesting parts of these FCC listings, such as pictures revealing what these two devices are, are locked behind the FCC’s temporary confidentiality until late January. Both of these devices are notably “Made in Thailand” as Google seeks to diversify its supply chain.” Since the images and other information about the devices are confidential until January, does this mean we will see Sabrina launch late this year or early next year?

While there is no new information about Sabrina, we did see information about the design and specifications make an appearance online in June. Back then it was leaked that Sabrina is expected to have the Amlogic S905X2 12nm quad-core CPU with 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.8GHz. The CPU is accompanied by the ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. It also sports 2GB RAM. The device is capable of 4K 10-bit, H.265 content along with support for 4K at 60Hz over HDMI 2.1. It is also expected to support HDR formats including HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and more. You can learn more about the specifications and the design of the upcoming Google Android TV device here

Android TV based streaming devices in India

Speaking of India, there are a bunch of Android TV based streaming devices available. We recently saw Nokia launch its 1080p Android TV based streaming stick and you learn about the price, specs and availability here. We also have the Mi TV Stick which has a 1080p output and you can learn more about that here. In the 4K space, we have the Mi Box 4K officially available in India. The device supports HDR 10 as well and has a compact form factor. You can check out our review of the Mi Box 4K here. While the NVIDIA Shield TV devices are not officially available in India, one can get their hands on them if you know where to look.  

Apart from Android we also have the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4K for those looking for other streaming devices to make their TVs smart.

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.


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