Mi Box 4K: Everything You Need To Know

Xiaomi released its Android TV powered streaming device called Mi Box 4K in India on May 8, 2020. The company also has the Mi 10 5G smartphone and Mi True Wireless Earbuds 2 at the same online launch event. The Mi Box 4K is an Android 9 powered streaming box that is connected to your existing television, both conventional and intelligent, via an HDMI cable. Xiaomi says it designed the Mi Box 4K to turn any regular TV into a smart one, just like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. This Xiaomi streaming box is a viable option for people looking to upgrade to a smart TV without having to buy a new one.

Mi Box 4K features

The Mi Box 4K is powered by a Cortex-A53 64-bit quad-core Amlogic processor paired with 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a Mali-450 GPU under the hood. Xiaomi has slimmed down its PatchWall user interface and opted for the standard Android TV interface. It runs on Android TV 9.0 and offers over 5,000 games and apps as well as access to the Google Play Store. The list of pre-installed streaming apps includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + Hotstar and YouTube.

This streaming box offers up to 4K streaming on the supported platforms, along with the HDR10 format for better color contrast and saturation. The company says that the Mi Box 4K can dynamically adapt to all types of TV screens, HD, FHD and UHD, to bring the best experience to its viewers in all resolutions. The device is also capable of 4K content at 60 frames per second on extremely popular platforms such as. to stream Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video. In addition, the HDR10 format is supported for the content available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. However, the Mi Box 4K does not support Dolby Vision, it offers Dolby Audio and DTS 2.0+ for audio output.

Mi Box 4K connectivity

In terms of connectivity, there is an HDMI 2.0b port that connects the Mi Box 4K to the TV, a USB 2.0 port that allows the device to be used as a local media player and a 3.5mm Audio output. The device supports a variety of audio and video formats, and Chromecast Ultra is integrated to stream content with a resolution of up to 4K. The users can also connect wireless headphones via bluetooth 4.2. Installing the Mi Box 4K requires a simple three step process:

  1. Connect the streaming device to your TV using an HDMI cable.
  2. Connect the Mi Box to the internet via WiFi.
  3. Go ahead and start streaming.

It comes with a remote control with a minimalist design that looks very similar to that of the Mi TV. It has a power button, a dedicated button that calls up the Google Assistant, two hotkeys for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, along with the volume controls.

Xiaomi’s streaming box also supports Google’s Data Saver technology, which is beneficial for people who use their mobile data via hotspot to watch content on TV. This feature is said to provide up to three times more content streaming and also allows users to set up the television via a mobile hotspot. It also displays data alerts to help users better monitor how much data they have consumed while watching TV.

Mi Box 4K price and availability

Xiaomi has launched the Mi Box 4K at an official MSRP of Rs 4,999, but at the moment it’s available for Rs 3,499. On the other hand is its direct competitor Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is available in India for 5,999 rupees and you can purchase the 1080p version for Rs 3,999 . The Mi Box will be available on May 13, 2020 from 12 p.m. on Mi.com, Mi Home Stores, Mi Studio Stores and Flipkart. Xiaomi has teamed up with HoiChoi, Docubay, Epic and Shemaroo to bring some exciting deals to buyers. The streaming device will soon reach the offline stores of Xiaomi’s partners.

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