At this year I/O conference, Google announced a handful of hardware partners for Android TV and Chrome Cast, one among them are the Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. The Chinese OEM showcased its new Android TV-powered set-top-box – 4K Mi Box. It’s a new sleek, small box powered by Android TV 6.0 which has the ability to beam 4K videos at 60 FPS delivering seamless video quality. It supports Dolby Digital Plus audio playback as well.
The Mi Box comes with HDMI 2.0a support, a new standard for HDTV that is compatible with YouTube, Netflix, Vudu, and FandangoNow. The new HDMI standard aims at delivery high-quality viewing experience with pictures with high dynamic range. The Mi Box powered by quad-core ARM processor (four Cortex-A53 cores) and Mali 450 GPU paired with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. There’s a USB slot for additional storage if you wanted it, though.
It comes bundled with Bluetooth remote and supports voice control too. So you can search for content, launch apps and do many things using your voice. The peripheral also doubles as a gaming control for Android TV compatible games. Of Course, there’s a separate Mi game controller for playing games directly on your TV via Mi Box.
There isn’t pricing or availability details of the new set-up-box, however, they will be shipping to the US thus marking Xiaomi’s biggest entry into the US.