The O!Play HD2 isn’t the only media-centric device that ASUS have quietly snuck into their CeBIT 2010 line-up; there’s another, somewhat more interesting set-top box on show too. The ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 is supposedly a “High Definition Media Center”, based around an 800MHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM chipset with 512MB of RAM and a 2.5-inch HDD bay. It can hook up to your network for streaming content, and output 1080p Full HD.
Connectivity includes wired ethernet and WiFi b/g/n, though we’re not entirely sure what video/audio outputs there are to go along with that; we’re guessing HDMI will be among them, since it’s present on ASUS’ more basic O!Play range. Supported media formats include H.264, WMV, MPEG1-4, HDV, VC-1, DivX, XviD, AVI, VOB, MOV, MKV, RMVB video and JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG and TIFF / TIF stills.
It’s also possible to surf the internet directly from the EM0501, though there’s no indication of whether ASUS will be supplying a remote keyboard to make that a little more straightforward. Instead there’s talk – but no photos – of an IR-based “multimedia remote control” which will presumably handle basic navigation. No word on pricing or availability.