Beelink have released the Beelink i One, powered by the quadcore Amlogic S812 and running Android 4.4.2. It is also one of the few Android devices that offers HDMI In, bringing with it the possibility of recording TV or gameplay footage directly from the device.
This is the same chipset that powered the Rikomagic MK12, so it should offer excellent media player performance and make a respectable gaming device too. To get a rough feel for how this chipset performs, read our Rikomagic MK12 review.
More interestingly however, is the inclusion of HDMI In and the ability to record. Few Android devices have offered this ability, such as the Zidoo X9, whose HDMI recording feature I use for my device demos. I’m not sure if HDCP-protected content is supported at this stage.
Beelink i One (i826) Technical Specs
- Operating System: Android 4.4.2
- Chipset: Amlogic S812
- CPU: Quad core ARM Cortex-A9r4, 2.0GHz
- GPU: ARM Mali-450MP6
- Memory: 2GB DDR3
- Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity: 10/100M Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Audio/Video Output: HDMI 1.4, SP-DIF
- Audio/Video Input: HDMI In (up to 1080p)
- Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x micro USB OTG
- Power Supply: DC 5V/2.5A
- Other: IR Sensor, Power button
- Dimensions: 11.9 x 11.9 x 2.3 cm
- Weight: 208g
It looks like the Beelink i One comes with a comprehensive set of inclusions. Inside the box, you get the media player, HDMI cable, USB OTG cable, power adapter, and a remote control. At this stage, it seems that the included remote is IR only, with basic directional mouse control.
Looking over the marketing materials, there seems to be some interesting things mentioned. It appears that Picture-In-Picture will be supported which could be a great feature for those who want to keep an eye on multiple things at once. I’m not sure if this only applies to the HDMI In or if it can be used to watch multiple video files/apps/etc.
It also talks about the “AZW custom UI” which seems to allude to a custom UI of sorts. I hunted around but wasn’t able to find any screenshots aside from those of the stock Android launcher over at the GeekBuying product page.