While CES brought a stack of announcements for Android TV-powered televisions, streaming boxes have been in conspicuously short supply. The CCC Air Stick 4K is breaking up that monotony, cramming in support for 4K HDR10 as well as aptX and aptX HD—apparently a first for Android TV-powered boxes. It has a relatively minimal 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, though this is double what the Nexus Player provides. Unfortunately, it is Japan only, though you could import it if you feel the urge.

The Air Stick 4K is a decently compelling device—Android TV devices available stateside are all set-top boxes, the stick form factor has been reserved for Chromecast thus far. In addition to aptX support, the included power adapter has an Ethernet adapter, much like the Chromecast Ultra. Oddly, the power adapter also has a USB port you can use to charge the remote. This seems somewhat over-engineered, it seems easier to use user-replaceable batteries. Though it ships with Nougat 7.1.2, the release notes indicate plans to upgrade the streamer to Oreo. The release notes also mention that DRM for Netflix and the Golf Channel app will be added in a firmware update shortly.

The CCC Air Stick 4K is now available for ¥10,584 (tax included) ($95.25 USD) in Tsutaya stores, as well as from Rakuten and Yahoo! Shopping.

Specs

OS Android TV 7.1.2 Nougat
Chipset Amlogic S912J 64bit Quad-Core 1.5GHz
Memory 2GB
Storage 16GB
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
Ethernet Adapter included on AC Adapter block
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Audio aptX / aptX HD
TV Connection HDMI 2.0 with CEC Support
TV Output 720p/1080p/2160p 60fps (4K), HDR-10
Power Micro USB 5.0v (+/- 4%)
Dimensions (W) 70.0mm × (H) 30.0mm × (D) 11.0 mm
Weight 30g