ZTE FunBox
Type Micro-Console Developer ZTE and The9 Co. LTD
Release Date 2014.-Apr-10 Region(s) China, Worldwide (via Chinese distributor)
Initial Price ¥ 698 ($159 USD Intl) Games Released   200+ currently supported (Android based)
     by Marriott_Guy
ZTE and The9 Company entered the growing market of micro-consoles with their release of the FunBox on April 10, 2014.  Following in the footsteps of the OUYA and GameStick, the FunBox is designed to provide an alternative to traditional gaming consoles by utilizing Android's popular open-sourced operating system (4.3 Jelly Bean in this case).  The system was initially released in China, with international distribution following shortly thereafter.

Like similar entries in this field, the FunBox has an extremely small footprint.  The black cube-shaped housing is non-obtrusive with an entirely functional design.  A single power button resides on the top of the unit, while the aft section contains the various ports - HDMI 1.4a, Ethernet port, 3.55mm headphone jack, USB 2.0 and a micro USB port.  The hardware is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC, sports 2GB DDR3L RAM with 8GB of internal Flash Storage.  Wireless connectivity is supported (Wi-Fi 802.11 a\b\g\n) in addition to the standard 100Mbit Ethernet connection.  Bluetooth 4.0 wireless input devices are supported (limited at this point).
A proprietary gamepad is included with the system.  This wireless Bluetooth 4.0 controller is designed with the same control layout as the standard DualShock 3 controller used with the PlayStation 3.  The FunBox currently supports up to four wireless controllers to be used simultaneously.  A nice touch is the included Media Remote, allowing access to very basic functions of the FunBox (volume, Home, etc.).  Curiously, this remote does not include a power on/off button for the actual console.  That said, this addition is welcomed and not something that is provided by the competition.  As of this writing, control by smart phone or tablet is not supported.

Main GUI

Settings Menu
The FunBox utilizes a customized version of the Android 4.3 operating system.  Updates to the system can be manually conducted or set to be performed automatically behind the scenes with virtually no interruption while interacting with the system.  The default language is Chinese, but this can be changed to English using the Apex Launcher.  FunBox natively supports apps from NVIDIA TegraZone as well as the Google Play Store (via root).  Quick access to popular TV and online streaming content is readily available for those in China, but international users will have to be content with accessing like features through their own initiative (root).

ZTE and The9 seems to have hit a homerun with this initial release of the FunBox, experiencing minimal glitches through the first few months that the system has been available.  The price point may be slightly higher than the competition, but so is the upside with the advanced technical specs and performance. 
     Officially licensed releases
ZTE FunBox (model #FGB-T4-A8)
Special thanks to Games In Asia for the above pictures.
     Non-licensed hardware releases
No clones of this system have been released.
     For the hardware enthusiasts out there - all the detail you\we love.
Processor Type  Processor Speed  Other Processor Information RAM \ Video RAM
NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.8 GHz 72-core GeForce GPU
(included via SoC)
Screen Resolution Color Palette Polygons \ Sprites Audio
720p \ 1080p 32-bit Unknown 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
(Dolby Digital and Linear PCM)
Media Format Media Capacity Games Released Other Supported Formats
Digital (Streamed) Varied 200+ Open platform with support for the TegraZone, multiple Audio/Video Codec support
Internal Storage External \ Removable Storage Game Controllers Other Game \ Peripheral Devices
8GB eMMC microSD card supported via USB Card Reader Gamepad featuring two analog sticks, D-pad, eight action buttons, Start/Select/Home buttons, micro USB port (?) Includes a media remote control, supports commons USB \ Bluetooth devices (keyboard\mouse\drives)
Controller Ports Network Ports Other Ports Audio \ Video
Bluetooth 4.0 (1-4 controllers) 100Mbit Ethernet Socket,
Wi-Fi (2.4 \ 5.0GHz)
USB 2.0 port, micro USB port,
3.5mm Headphone Jack
HDMI 1.4a
Power Supply - External Other Outputs  Other Details \ Notes
Input: AC 110\220V, 60\50Hz
Output: 12V, 1.5A
None Customized Android 4.3 OS
Not available.

     Peripherals, Promotions, Commercials, Brochures, Etc.
ZTE FunBox - Unboxing and Game Play Videos

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