Nebula Capsule II gets better image, more streaming apps
Anker announced the release of the Nebula Capsule II, its next generation pocket cinema running Android TV.
The new soda-can sized projector will come with Google Assistant, HD picture quality and improved audio.
“Nebula Capsule was a hit with consumers who want to enjoy their favorite video apps on the go –
beyond a mobile screen experience,” said Anker Innovations CEO, Steven Yang. “Capsule II increases the number of options now powered by Android TV. Now, Capsule II owners can access an advanced entertainment experience, anytime, anywhere.”
Having Android TV means that the Capsule II will carry a full suite of streaming apps.
Anker said in a statement that on Google Play, YouTube, Hulu and other apps will appear automatically on the Capsule II’s home screen.
That marks a significant upgrade compared to the initial Nebula Capsule, and even the more expensive Nebula Mars II, which I reviewed over the summer.
Nebula Capsule II specs
The new Nebula Capsule II will maintain its sleek, black cylindrical body. It measures in at 5.9 inches high and can be easily transported in the included carrying sleeve.
Capsule II has also gone through an internal upgrade and can project a 720p image at 200 ANSI lumens.
Anker said that the Capsule II has enough power for 3-hours of video playtime or 30 hours of Bluetooth speaker on a single charge. It can charge to full power in 2.5 hours via USB-C.
Here are some other details made public today.
- Resolution: 1280×720
- Brightness: 200 ANSI lumens
- Operating System: Android TV 9.0
- Apps include Google Play, YouTube, and Hulu
- Speaker: 8W speakers with dual passive radiators
- More comprehensive connectivity: Supports USB Type C,
- HDMI, USB, AUX-Out, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast
- 1-second auto-focus
- Supports the Google Assistant
Google Assistant adds voice control to Capsule II
With Google Assistant built in to the Capsule II, you’ll be able to say “OK Google,” or press the mic button on your remote to quickly find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game, or dim the lights.
These are features that are now starting to come to other premium Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield.
Google Assistant can respond to like: “Oscar-winning movies from 2012” and give you a list of movies to watch. You can also ask questions like “Who played Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?”
Available on Kickstarter
Launching October 26, Nebula Capsule II will be available for early adopters on Kickstarter, with plans to
ship early-2019. More information can be found on our Kickstarter campaign page. Super Early Bird
supporters can order Capsule II for $349. Additional supporter tiers include:
- Early Bird: $369
- Kickstarter Exclusive $399
Anker also announced its smart speakers, Model Zero and Model Zero+, will go on sale in November.
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