ZTE The9, a joint venture co-founded by telecom equipment and smartphone maker ZTE and online game company The9, planned to release this month Fun Box, a TV and game smart box which embeds several online games developed by The9, according to a microblog posted by Zhu Jun, CEO of the game developer.

[Update]: The joint venture released Fun Box March 19 and announced that the 499 yuan (roughly US$80) smart box will be open for pre-order on JD from April 10 together with a Bluetooth gamepad which is priced at 199 yuan. Moreover, ZTE The9 has partnered up with game and content providers to form an alliance, including Sohu, Shanda, Youzu, LineKong, Chukong Technology, Funshion, among others.

Powered by game engine based on Android system, the product will feature quad-core 1.9GHz Nvidia Tegra processor, 72 unit Nvidia Geforce GPU and supports 4K hi-definition videos. Zhu also disclosed that the smart box will have a Bluetooth gamepad with gravity and vibration sensors.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.