Kodi (previously known as XBMC) and 4K playback are only two of the elements that help this Android TV box stand apart in a sea of seemingly similar devices.
Smart TVs are often a lot more expensive than their regular counterparts, and they are nowhere near Android TV Boxes in terms of flexibility. Besides, it’s far more convenient to get a TV and change the TV box every now and then, supposing that the hardware becomes morally obsolete, than to spend thousands upon thousands to change smart TVs periodically. Fortunately, the Beelink i One packs plenty of great features to make sure it stays with you for a long time.
The manufacturer points out in the promotional images that the i One (model number i826, for the technical freaks out there) comes with XBMC, a media player that has changed its name to Kodi in August 2014. Assuming that the TV box really comes with a XBMC, it will surely get updated to the latest version (and name) soon after.
More important than the name of the software, however, is definitely the functionality of Kodi. With this open-source media player, you no longer need the decoders you would usually install on a Windows machine, as it’s capable of playing all the popular audio and video formats. Besides XBMC, the TV box also packs Eshare, Airplay, DLNA, all of which are useful technologies in this day and age.
As far as the technical specs are concerned, the i One comes with an Amlogic Cortex-A9 S812 quad-core CPU clocked at 2.0Ghz, which is paired with a Mali MP-450 octa-core GPU running at 600Mhz. While these may not be exactly the latest CPU and GPU out there, they are more than capable to offer a seamless experience. In terms of memory, the Android TV box includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be furthermore expanded via flash cards or USB drives and hard disks.
If you want to stay connected, the i One media player comes with 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz 5.0GHz dual band WiFi MIMO (which can connect to multiple devices at once without interferences), Bluetooth 4.0 and 100Mbit Ethernet. It should be noted that besides HDMI Out, this Android media player (unlike many other similar products) also packs an HDMI In port, enabling you to connect other devices
Beelink i One is currently $106.99 on GearBest, but you can get it for $99 by applying coupon code BI826GB during checkout. The product can be ordered either with an EU or an US plug, depending on where you live.