We first heard rumors of ASUS’ Google TV-powered CUBE last year, back when it was still called the QUBE and leaked in documents filed to the FCC. Then ASUS went and made everything official at CES this year, offering an inevitably delayed ship date of mid-March. That came and went, but now, thanks to Newegg, we have some concrete details on when the units will actually start rolling out the door – next week.
The online retailer is currently offering the ASUS CUBE for pre-order, with a $10 gift card to sweeten the pot.
The CUBE comes with a remote control featuring a built-in trackpad for easy control, and a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse (there’s also a microphone and motion sensors and a kitchen sink). It also has HDMI-in and HDMI-out, an IR Blaster port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and a 10/100 Ethernet port. No Gigabit here, not that it’s really needed.
Inside is the newest version of Google TV, which is still based on Android’s 3.2 Honeycomb installation. Surprisingly, that adds up to a potential 10W power usage, which is getting close to a full-blown Mac Mini.
The box measures just after five inches on a side and weighs a little over a pound.
For an unknown time, ASUS is promising free 50GB storage lockers on its cloud service.
The pre-order sale is good until the 23rd, with shipments heading out the following day. If you want in on the action, expect to pony up $140.