Google, Xiaomi announce Mi Box S Android TV streaming box

Doris Richards
October 12, 2018

Taking forward its lean portfolio of products in the United States market, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has unveiled its latest Mi Box S 4K Ultra HD streaming media player in the North American country.

The Mi Box S is a set-top streaming box that features Google Assistant, is powered by a quad-core processor and runs Android TV 8.1.

The remote is learning some new tricks and looks to emulate some of Roku's nifty controls, including a live TV button and a Netflix button for quickly jumping into your favorite video streaming apps.

There's a new remote control with this smart TV box.

It's Android 8.1 for now (Oreo) although we're informed it will be getting Pie'd (9.0) some time soon.

Audio in this box works with DOLBY DTS, and it's able to play MP3, APE, and Flac audio files. You can also use the assistant to find a movie/show, ask it to play a song, or even ask it the weather.

Where it does differ, however, is in its smarts, as unlike the original model the new Mi Box S does come loaded with the Google Assistant built-in. Along with the formal introduction, Xiaomi and Google confirmed the Mi Box S is coming to the U.S., and is actually available to pre-order starting today ahead of its scheduled October 19 launch date.

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. Preorders are already up for an October release, and it'll only cost you $59.99. 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 Xiaomi Mi Box S is an upgraded model to the Xiaomi Mi Box, which was initially launched in 2016.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article