Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Xiaomi Mi Box S gatecrashes the Made By Google party

Mi Box S Google Android TV comes to new 4K HDR Xiaomi Mi Box S for $60
Cecil Davis | 12 October, 2018, 01:49

Ports around back include HDMI 2.0a, audio out, USB 2.0, and one power port. Power for the remote is provided by 2x AAA batteries (included in the box.) The box also includes an HDMI cable (which is unheard of, and cool of Xiaomi to provide), as well as a power adapter, the remote, and the Mi Box S itself.

However, unlike its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Box S will ship with the latest version of Android TV (based on Android 8.1 Oreo) and have Google Assistant functionality built right in, with a dedicated button at the top of its remote.

Mi Box S is available for pre-order starting today for $ 60 and will be sent to customers on October 19. It will start shipping from November 4 in the US.

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.

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I will talk more about this display in my full review as I didn't get a chance to take the phone to direct sunlight. Instead, Nokia has opted for a more traditional 18:9, 6-inch panel complete with reduced bezels above and below.

It's Android TV, so you pretty much know what to expect, and it ships with Android TV 8.1 Oreo so you're getting the new interface all the latest features like Google Assistant integration and that incredibly convenient Play Next feature. The Box comes with a powerful processor that lets you play Android games as well which could be downloaded from the Google Play store.

This is the second such partnership between Google and Xiaomi, with the launch of the first US Mi Box in 2016.

Regarding connectivity, the device supports dual-band Wi-Fi (both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) with Bluetooth 4.2. There is a Bluetooth voice remote and as mentioned it also supports Google assistant. The device also supports a wide range of video formats (VP9,H.265,H.264,MPEG1/2/4,VC-1,Real8/9/10). However, Pixel devices weren't the only thing to launch today, as Xiaomi just launched the brand new Xiaomi Mi Box S.