Google, Xiaomi announce Mi Box S Android TV streaming box

Google, Xiaomi announce Mi Box S Android TV streaming box

The Xiaomi Mi Box S costs $60 and will be available October 19, with preorders starting today.

This box looks a lot like what we saw earlier this year with the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and 4c, but here we've got a new remote and the newest version of Android TV, and most importantly for us, it'll be released internationally - available to the United States of America in the process. The device will start to ship from November 2018. Announced two years ago, the TV box now has a successor (if you want to call it that) called the Mi Box S. Is it worth buying?

The major highlight of the Xiaomi Mi Box S is the fact that it can stream 4K HDR content on streaming services like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. Because apparently Netflix is now so very universally used, it makes sense to include a physical button for Netflix alone. Along with the formal introduction, Xiaomi and Google confirmed the Mi Box S is coming to the United States, and is actually available to pre-order starting today ahead of its scheduled October 19 launch date.

The set-top box runs Android TV 8.1, so it has the new channel-based launcher that came in Oreo. The Box comes with a powerful processor that lets you play Android games as well which could be downloaded from the Google Play store.

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Regarding connectivity, the device supports dual-band Wi-Fi (both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) with Bluetooth 4.2.

The Mi Box S supports 4K output and playback (4K at 60fps). It has Google Assistant built in, allowing voice commands with the included Bluetooth remote. The device also supports a wide range of video formats (VP9,H.265,H.264,MPEG1/2/4,VC-1,Real8/9/10).

Impact: Under normal circumstances the Mi Box S would barley be representative of a next-generation device and would probably be largely ignored by the market.

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