Safaricom Ematic Box; Thoughts?

Hey guys, I haven’t seen anyone talk about or recommend the Ematic Box by safaricom… Is it that bad? :laughing: :laughing:

Safaricom has listed it on their fibre home website, so its safe to say its their product. No sim support though. I have seen this box on Amazon but I think it’s a South African Brand.

Anyways, here’re the specs:
AndroidTV 8.1 (Kwa Ematic website they claim there’s Android 9 via OTA)
Wifi 5 (ac) (wanadai AC ni optional at some places :unamused:)
Bluetooth (their web-editor must have been in hurry, kuna 2.0, 4.0. 4.2, I don’t know which bluetooth version this thing supports. its safe to say 4.2)
Chromecast support
HDMI 2.0b with CEC (control tv through the box)
HDR 10 and HLG for terrestrial tv
Supports widevine, and has VP9 and HEVC decoders (kwani nobody still supports AV1?)
2gb/8gig memory+storage

For Ksh6,879 on Masoko

Anyone considering Mi Box S can also get this one

Kanakaa ivi… Anyone using it?

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Is anyone else finding the masoko.com website slow when browsing through of late?

People are hesitant to indulge in unknown brands, and if it’s a bad experience you don’t want to be the one reporting that. Safaricom hasn’t helped things by selling it and not making noise about it. Also, it’s out of stock, or never was in stock.

Masoko as it is, selling Safaricom products is unnecessary in my opinion. They should have redirected it back to shop.Safaricom…

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The first instance when I knew masoko was not going to make it was when I tried ordering something about a year+ back and when it came to delivery, they insisted I use G4S and charged per kilo!

Nikajua hapa hakuna biashara. Tena at the same time Jumia was offering free delivery for the same item

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Guys/reviewers (@martingicheru) the Ematic Box is up for preorder. They say delivery is in 3 days.

Here we are. @AbuyasLife has a unit. Any specific questions you need addressed?

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1.Can it do 4K streaming?
2.Does it have an Ethernet port or SIM slot?

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Compare it to Mi Box S. How it competes.

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how does it handle the following mkv file types/codecs
-4K 10bit x265
-1080p x265 and x264

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4K streaming, yes.
Ethernet socket, yes.

I’ve both. Will do so in a review that I’ll publish over the next week.

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This I’ll have to test and get back to you.

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Looks like @AbuyasLife’s review is out. Sadly techweez didn’t baptize it as the Big Box 3.

All in all it doesn’t look bad, it’s a viable option to the mi box. It’s also back in stock on masoko where it had been out of stock for a while.

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Google decided I’m very interested in the Ematic box and surfaced a video review by techish kenya in my youtube feed.


Sijui if it’s sacrilege to link to other local tech blogs content.
A good comparison to the Mi Box S, you get the same software experience but the ematic has an ethernet port, more usb and audio ports, comes with a longer hdmi cable, and is cheaper.
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Not a problem, actually quite recommended to bring the conversation. However for youtube videos, just place the link so we can watch it as embedded.

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sounds like a better box than the Mi Box S,i hope it will be getting better software support and getting more affordable.