I thought, "Wow...plays the right formats, has a good resolution, and is cheap!" So I checked it out at the drop-shipper's website, Ownta.com:
Hottest Free Shipping MP5 recommendation: Teclast T51 PMP Audiophile Quality MP5 Player - 8GB
Gemei HD8800 Full HD PMP Player with HDMI TV-out and OTG Function - 8GB
The HD8800 is that it offers true 1080 HD (1920×1080 screen resolution) in a PMP format, has up to a 50mbps video stream and the 8GB version. It has HDMI output and can play audio (MP3 and iTunes) and video (AVI, DVDA, MKV, MP4, MPG, Realtime, MOV, Flash and WMA).
Gemei HD8800 MP5 Player Specification:
Model HD8800(8G) Memory 8G Storage Media Flash Battery 2000 milliamperes lithium batteries Life Plug headphones 5 hours movie playback, 10 hours music playback Expansion Card Maximum support 32G TF card Transmission Interface USB 2.0 interface Display System Screen Size 4.3 inch Screen Features 800 × 480 resolution, high-definition screen LTPS Supported Languages Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English Synchronized lyrics display To support synchronous lyrics display function Photo View Support JPG, BMP, PNG and other image formats to view and support the Rotary / Slide Show Text-reading Support the text-reading capabilities in support of TTS voices in Chinese and English reading, support change font, font color, background color, the Bookmarks feature, support while listening to music, watching pictures look e-books and other functions Video system Support video formats Support for RMVB, RM, FLV (H.263, H.264), AVI, DAT, VOB, MKV (H.264), WMV, TS, TP, MP4, PMP and so on for more than 30 formats, network all the video files of the next -play Video playback 480P to 1080P Full HD support for any video encoding format Video Output HDMI 480P to 1080P Full HD output and normal AV Output Other video parameters Decoder chip: Chinachip CC09 Audio system Support audio formats mp3 , wma , ape , flac , wav Audio Unique 3D virtual sound field, a variety of EQ sound modes Recording MP3, WAV audio format Functional FM Support FM function of the frequency range 76-108MHZ Speaker Pairs of left and right channel speaker outposting Additional features Camera Non Digital companion function Supports Additional features Support for song search; support for dual-threaded operation; support firmware upgrade function; video break added broadcast are free to change the background themes to customize your desktop, change the font color, picture browsing / rotation, radio stations a list of unique features such as timing off set Other parameters Headset Description 3.5mm stereo headphone output Specifications 111.7×75.2×14.3mm Accessories USB cable, headphones, manual, warranty card
Gemei HD8800 MP5 Player Package Contains :
- 1 x Gemei HD8800 MP5 Player
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x TV-out cable
- 1 x HDMI cable
- 1 x remote control
- 1 x charger
- 1 x Earphones
- 1 x case
- 1 x Instruction manual
It looked good, and cheap, so I bought one. Or so I thought.
After Ownta confirmed my Paypal payment, they said the unit would ship within 2 business days. At the end of the 2nd day, I'd not gotten any word about a tracking number, so I inquired about the status and got this reply:
Hello, Dear Craig, Gemei factory has been upgrade the HD8800 chipset and firmware, this caused the delay of the shipment, the estimated shipping date is 25th, Oct, we are so sorry for any inconvnience, you will receive the player as soon as possible. Kindly regards.
OK, I thought...that's fine. I can wait a few more days. Then I rechecked Ownta's product description page and noticed that the price had been changed from $122.39 to "[Contact us for a price]". Hmmm.
Then, today, I got this email from Ownta:
Dear Customer:Our manufacturer gemei has been received your orders, and all of them are in schedule to ship out in the soonest time. We are upgrading HD8800 firmware and fix some bugs to ensure the good quality of products, so, the latest shipment will expect to arrange on 30th, Oct. We will also try to ship them out as soon as possible.For all our Gemei HD8800 customers can receive a free strap gift together with the player, and also, you will get a free reseller membership on ownta.com once we shipped out it. So, you will get reseller prices for all your future orders.We are so sorry about the unexpected delay, and rely on your understanding. Ownta.com will always dedicate to provide the best products and best service, if you have any problems, please feel free contact us at any time.Thank you so much & Kindly regards,Arlene, LCustomer Service Department,http://www.ownta.com
Now I'm starting to wonder if this is a scam. Will they keep delaying to try and get me beyond Paypal's 45-day dispute window? I can guarantee you that if it hasn't been shipped by day 44, the payment will be canceled.
We'll see, though...I'm kinda excited to see what crazy bit of kit the Chinese have cooked up now.
Update (10/6/09): Got an email this morning that it had shipped. Will post impressions in a separate entry once it arrives.