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

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

Unveiled alongside Google's subtly refreshed Chromecast, the Xiaomi Mi Box S goes after the likes of the Apple TV 4K with a substantially lower price tag. Powered by Android 8.1 Oreo-based Android TV, and coupled with a voice-enabled remote control, the new Xiaomi Mi Box S comes with inbuilt Chromecast support and Google Assistant.

The design of the box is not the only new thing. It runs Android 8.1 out of the box.

Other than that, the Xiaomi Mi Box S supports 4K footage at 60fps, and most other major formats including H.265, H.264, VP9, Dolby, DTS, Mp4, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF, and many more.

Concerning I/O, the Xiaomi Mi Box S has a full-sized HDMI port, USB-A port, and an AV port. The original Mi Box launched in 2016 for $69, but this upgraded version will only cost you $60. 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? Allowing users to make use of the digital assistant to control various aspects of the viewing experience, as well other compatible smart devices around the home, in addition to receiving feedback to questions asked. However, Pixel devices weren't the only thing to launch today, as Xiaomi just launched the brand new Xiaomi Mi Box S. Just like the Mi Box, you can also connect a supported gamepad and play games on the big screen. The current estimated shipping date is November 3.

Because certain compromises were needed to hit such a killer price point, the Xiaomi Mi Box S only comes with 8GB internal storage space. Inside, the Mi Box S is nearly identical to the original Mi Box thanks to a core combination of 2GB RAM, 8GB storage, and an Amlogic S905X quad-core SoC.