Google, Xiaomi Announces Mi Box S Android TV Streaming Block

A promotional image of the Xiaomi Mi Box S in front of a flat screen television

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. Thanks to Google Assistant, the Mi Box S will also control your supported smart home devices such as the thermostat and lights. The result of which is there are very little differences inside and out between the original Mi Box and the new Mi Box S. The main box looks nearly identical to the original Mi Box made up of a small, black and generally nondescript piece of hardware with only the "Mi" branding visible on the front.


It's Android 8.1 for now (Oreo) although we're informed it will be getting Pie'd (9.0) some time soon. The Mi Box S is priced at $59.99 (Rs 4,450) and will be available for pre-order on wallmart. Otherwise users can expect pretty much the same feature list as the original Mi Box, including the ability to cast content from another device, and support for 4K Ultra HD and HDR. It has an HDMI 2.0 port, a single USB 2.0 port, an audio output port, and a power input port. You can also use the assistant to find a movie/show, ask it to play a song, or even ask it the weather. There's also 8GB of storage built into the Mi Box S along with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The Box comes with a powerful processor that lets you play Android games as well which could be downloaded from the Google Play store. However, Pixel devices weren't the only thing to launch today, as Xiaomi just launched the brand new Xiaomi Mi Box S. It will start to ship on November 6.

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