It’s now official: the Xiaomi began selling the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Box, an Android TV set-top box, in the United States. The box shows off an impressive SoC, an HDMI 2.0a (armed with HDR and 4K capabilities) video output, bluetooth remote, voice search, and a cheap price tag ($69). The right blend of hardware and affordable pricing will greatly enhance Xiaomi’s box to those who want to make full use of the Android TV platform.
Xiaomi Mi Box Specs
The Xiaomi is packed with the latest SoC consisting of 4x ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz with 5x ARM clusters. It comes with pre-installed 2GB DD3 RAM, 8GB flash, Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.0, a single USB port, and an HDMI 2.0a output. The China-based manufacturer threw in a bluetooth remote containing a mic and voice search. Furthermore, Xiaomi is also selling its Mi Game Controller for those who prefer playing Android games on their smart TV.
With the set-top box running Android TV 6.0, it’s capable of supporting known streaming sites like Pandora, VUDU, Hulu, Google, and Netflix including TV channels via third party apps. In addition, the box also functions as a Google Cast receiver, allowing it to function with cast-supporting apps.
The added functionality is also notable with Google announcing their market competitive Chromecast Ultra, which also comes with 4K support. This gives the Xiaomi Mi Box a bit of an edge as it almost has the same capabilities as Chromecast with the additional Android TV functionality.
The Mi Box has the latest software and hardware offering support for the latest standards and codecs, including that of the VP9 Profile 2, HDR10, and H.265. Owners with specified subscriptions and TVs gain further access to any audio and video format there is with the Xiaomi Mi Box, including the HDR metadata or 1080p video paired with Dolby Digital Plus or Digital Surround 2.0 audio.