As a part of its ongoing, first-ever Technology Conference christened Lenovo Tech World, Lenovo announced a new media streaming device of its own, named Lenovo Cat. The device costs $49 and works with Android devices across all ranges.
The Lenovo Cast is a small hockey puck-like device, which though is a degraded version of ChromeCast in terms of native apps support, will still be able to make a decent enough mark in the market, considering Lenovo huge and loyal customer base.
But that being said, Lenovo Cast is an advanced offering compared to ChromeCast largely because of faster connection and streaming speeds (Google will offer news on a newer ChromeCast today at I/O). Lenovo Cast supports both 2.4 and 5GHz Wifi networks, with a range of approximately 20 meters and playback support for up to 1080p resolution.
Lenovo Cast connects to your TV via a Micro HDMI cable, while power is delivered to this puck-like device via small MicroUSB port.
What also makes Lenovo Cast more functional than Google’s $35 offering, is the fact that it supports DLNA and Miracast in addition to the Google Cast standard, thus making it a more versatile device due to mult-format support.
Lenovo Cast will start shipping in August this year and will retail at $49 worldwide.