Inphic SPOT i5 Android Media Player Costs only $25 (Promo)

If the trend continues, they’ll soon just giveaway TV boxes. After writing about Beelink X2 TV box selling for $31.99 shipped yesterday, I learned that Inphic is organizing a promotion for the launch of their cute Inphic SPOT i5 media player based on Amlogic S805 processor. While the regular price is $26 plus shipping, they’ll offer the first 100 samples for just $13 plus shipping starting at midnight on October 27 (GMT-8), which amounts to $24.22 to my location, and about $25.15 to the US.

Inphic i5 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S805 quad core ARM Cortex A5 @ 1.5GHz with Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.b up to 1080p60 with CEC support
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek)
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Misc – IR receiver, power button and LED
  • Power Supply – 5V/1.5A
  • Dimensions – 118x118x43 mm (TBC)
  • Weight – 158 grams (TBC)

The TV box runs Android 4.4.2, and ships with an IR remote control, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, a USB OTG adapter cable, a user’s manual, and an “original card” with a serial number.

If you like the form factor, but would prefer a box supporting 4K, the company also provides Inphic P8 with Allwinner H3 processor and 512MB RAM, with a listed price of 249 RMB ($39) on the company website, but it can actually be purchased on Taobao for 99 RMB ($15.6). That link sells it under “Inphic i5” model name, and the box runs Yun OS so they must have different versions for overseas and Chinese markets.

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39 Replies to “Inphic SPOT i5 Android Media Player Costs only $25 (Promo)”

  1. @Al
    You need to wait for midnight (GMT-8). In less than 2 hours, the price should drop to $13.
    But if shipping is $22 to your location, I guess that kills the deal.

  2. Yes, it’s cute. Looks a bit like the love child of a bowling ball and a frisbee. I guess if a manufacturer is desperate to clear their AMlogic S805 inventory ahead of the impending S905 onslaught, such product and pricing strategies are necessary. At these prices and with Christmas nearing, these products can be regarded as “stocking fillers”.

  3. Which of the low end SoC is best supported? AmLogic S905? Going by past experience, I’ll definitely stay away from Allwinner…

  4. I think I’m getting one, just for the sake of finally owning a random TV box to play with.
    Is there a teardown article or video of this box or a similar box?

  5. I’m in for one. Always a sucker for new cheap boxes that probably won’t work right and have some serious flaw that makes it unusable…

    But oh that lure of a cheap box that plays back everything and works flawlessly keeps me coming back. 🙂

  6. RK3128 based boxes are the cheapest I know of. Here’s a random one for about $13.50
    http://detail.1688.com/offer/522216438990.html?spm=0.0.0.0.kXkqpe
    512MB RAM, 8GB flash, RTK8188 2.4Ghz wifi, Ethernet, a couple of USB, HDMI, component out, IR, TFCard

    There are many other RK3128 on http://www.1688.com. Spend around $20 and you get the power supply, remote, cables, nice box, better wifi, 1GB DDR3, etc.

    Complete source for RK3128 Android 5.1 Lollipop is available for download at http://www.t-firefly.com. I am running this Android on a Fireprime and it is pretty good. Better than any of the Allwinner stuff. It has a few bugs but nothing serious. Rockchip has even begun mainlining the Linux kernel using their own employees.

  7. @Javi
    That’s be great. I assume it’s a little too early for a full review, but I could probably run some preliminary tests like running benchmarks, or possibly check Kodi support status.

  8. @Jon Smirl

    I asked last week to one of the managers from Rockchip and he said they are not supporting any Linux.

    Allwinner people said they just released linux for A20, all others are made by third party.

  9. My links are awaiting moderation…

    Rockchip is submitting their Linux kernel to mainline. Android and Ubuntu both run on the Linux kernel. They have already submitted support for RK3288. Support for RK3066 is almost in. RK3128 is the quad core version of the RK3066 so as soon as RK3066 is in, it will be easy to add RK3128.

    So Linux is a more general term and Rockchip is certainly using it since Android uses it. Android is Linux for a phone. Ubuntu is Linux for a desktop. There are builds of Ubuntu for the RK3128/RK3288 at the t-firefly website.

  10. @Javi

    I don’t think Firefly made those Ubuntu ports. Making them is a whole lot of work, more that I think Firefly has the capacity to do. I suspect they came from Rockchip, but I don’t know for sure.

  11. @INPHIC
    Would have loved to order a promotion sample, but shipping to the netherlands was not supported 🙁

    Please contact me if you can send me an item at the promotion price (assuming shipping cost is reasonable)

  12. @INPHIC

    Please check Aliexpress order 70254919946224. Tracking shows that the parcel is being returned to you by China Post due to unknown reasons, after two weeks of no tracking information. You can check it by yourself to be sure that it is true: http://www.17track.net/en/result/post.shtml?nums=RI714499571CN
    In order to reduce waiting time, could you please send me again the product, but this time using Post NL? I guess you have enough stock, so it is not a trouble for you to not wait until China Post returns you the first parcel. Otherwise, it would take very very long to receive the product.

    Any answer here or on Aliexpress would be appreciated. Thanks!

  13. @INPHIC

    Having some issues here with a Spanish streaming platform (Yomvi). App crashes when playing any video content. Gave it a go to the DRM Info app and it reports Google Widevine DRM L3 and since that doesn’t look enough it may require Widevine L1 or Microsoft Playready DRM. Is there any chance you may enable that in a new firmware?

  14. stickman :
    @INPHIC
    Having some issues here with a Spanish streaming platform (Yomvi). App crashes when playing any video content. Gave it a go to the DRM Info app and it reports Google Widevine DRM L3 and since that doesn’t look enough it may require Widevine L1 or Microsoft Playready DRM. Is there any chance you may enable that in a new firmware?

    Working… hope we can fix the problem with Yomvi

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