Imagination leaves much to be desired in many brands or Chinese assemblers who insist on repeating the same product over and over again with slight aesthetic or hardware changes. The Smart Box Flowfon F1 is another of these media players without any added value based on the Allwinner H6 SoC that reaches Chinese stores and barely distinguishes itself from the competition. Few details to highlight a basic box that includes Android 9.0 OS and will go through stores without pain or glory.
This Smart TV Box with Android can perfectly serve us for use with KODI and IPTV in 4K, but only to play streaming Netflix or Amazon Prime in the lowest quality. If we want to watch Streaming of payment in quality HD and 4K you can see our list of TV-Box certified by Netflix. As for power you can see the results of the SoC that this Box assembles in our review of the Allwinner H6 processor included in this TV-Box, with this SoC we can run games with medium load including PUBG. We can not expect great things from this box of unknown brand at the level of firmwares support.
SoC, RAM and storage
The Flowfon F1 Smart Box includes the Allwinner H6 SoC, a Quad Core with ARM Cortex-A53 processors up to 1.8Ghz and an ARM Mali-T720mp2 GPU capable of processing video up to 4K resolutions at 60fps and 6K at 30fps thanks to Your Allwinner Phoenix 3.0 VE engine. It also has 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 32 GB of storage memory that can be expanded thanks to the SD card reader that we find on the side of the quadrangular black plastic box.
This box at the level of wireless connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n with internal antenna on board and Bluetooth 4.1. As connectors it includes a 10/100 network interface, SPDIF digital audio output, a USB 3.0 port, another USB 2.0, an IR sensor extension jack, an HDMI 2.0 video output and an AV analog output.
Among the included accessories we find a basic IR remote control, cables and power supply.
Price and availability
- The Flowfon F1 Smart Box can be purchased at Gearbest.com for $ 40.80 free shipping.
This device works OK, does a good job with video playback. My issue is the lack of settings available. The fonts are very small to read from any distance over 2-3 feet and there is no setting available to increase. The mouse cursor is very small too, hard to find on the screen sometimes. Again, no setting for larger cursor. Only settings available are in the sidebar. Main Android settings are missing. HDMI-CEC is missing too. I hope there is a firmware update to correct these issues. In the meantime I’m trying to find a copy of the stock firmware… Read more »
Yes, first a firmware to unbrick… share the link.
Then you can try with root change the DPI.
I’ve contacted Gearbest a number of times. Keep getting told that when the firmware upgrade is available it will be pushed to the box…trouble is there is no OTA support only update method is by file. Sent them many pics showing the Flowfon screens vs other boxes I have. Was told small fonts and so many other missing settings, don’t affect operation. I disagree, when I have to get up to walk over to the TV to read most things on the screen, that seriously affects operation. I read that any attempt to root does brick the box. So having… Read more »
Just buy a box with a previous review and ask before buy.
If you can’t use the tv-box just open a dispute in paypal and explain the situation.
@Billh as you mentioned above “Keep getting told that when the firmware upgrade is available it will be pushed to the box…trouble is there is no OTA support only update method is by file.”
Could you please provide the link of the Update file you talked about, even if it is not OTA, the update file would be really helpful