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Dune HD Next-gen 4Kp60 Media Players Available Soon



Taiwan-based Dune HD has announced the sale of a family of next-generation media players with 4Kp60 HDR support, unique hybrid Linux + Android software, and various new features.

The new line of Dune HD models includes support for 4Kp60, HDR, BT.2020 and HDMI 2.0a, allowing playback of all the latest flavors of top-quality video content. According to the company, its 'famous' Linux-based software runs alongside the Android OS, combining all the benefits of its classic media centers with Android Smart TV boxes, in a single device. This also means that various Dune HD applications and plugins, plus millions of Android apps, are available simultaneously.

Furthermore, consumers can now take advantage of Android applications, such as Skype, KODI, various games, and TV services, while video can now be played directly on websites using the Chrome web browser. A new super-smooth GUI (up to 60fps), supported by a new powerful multi-core CPU and GPU, ensure greater power and improved overall performance.



Other enhancements include built-in Bluetooth for wireless connection of headsets, speakers, game controllers etc., while some models also include hardware improvements over earlier lines, such as USB 3.0 host port, HDMI input, DVB-S/S2 tuner, 2 GB RAM and 16GB of flash memory. Upgrades to Dune HD software also comprise automatic movie recognition in the file browser, and direct links from the Movies catalog to online video services available via Android apps to support features, such as 'Play on Netflix'.

The new models are broken into three product lines: Neo, entry-level, Sky, which are combined with satellite receivers, and Pro, which include high-end audio and video quality. The top-of-the-line Dune HD Pro 4K is priced at $799.99 and should be available in January or February of this year.
 
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I have the Dune HD version and generally liked it. I never did finish ripping all of my BD/HD DVD movies because it just became too expensive to have that many RAID arrays setup to store all the disks. Now with 8TB HDD's on the market, it might make sense to make a run at ripping my entire library again, but I can't imagine trying to store all UHD discs on HDD to use the Dune player.
 

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