Prior to Google I/O 2016, Xiaomi had teased that it will unveil a new product at the upcoming developers conference, and it certainly did. It introduced us to the Mi Box, the company’s first Android TV device, one that’s capable of streaming content in 4K. It has a very simple design and powerful internals that make the Xiaomi Mi Box a very compelling option for those who are in the market for an Android TV box.
The Mi Box is essentially a black square that’s more or less the same length and width as the Apple TV, but with softly rounded corners.
Underneath the box it has a powerful package that enables it to stream content in 4K, and can even support content in HDR. It also comes with a voice remote making it much easier to give voice commands to Android TV.
Mi Box ships with the voice remote, and Xiaomi is offering an optional game controller that will enable users to play the plethora of games available on Google Play. The controller also works with Android-powered mobile devices.
There’s nothing groundbreaking about this device, it’s similar to other Android TV boxes, but as is the case with Xiaomi products it’s likely to be quite cheaper than the competition.
This will be Xiaomi’s first big product release in the United States but it hasn’t confirmed the precise release date as yet and hasn’t confirmed how much the Mi Box is going to cost.