It was supposed to be a Fire TV Stick style TV Stick, and instead Xiaomi decided to challenge Apple's Apple TV 4K, releasing the Mi TV 4K, with a form factor similar to the current Android TV model proposed by the Chinese house.
It will be available starting from 11 May at a price, according to a hypothetical 1 to 1 conversion, for just 42 euros. Obviously, it is a TV box with Android TV on board, which will allow you to transform any TV set you have in your home into a smart one. The novelty compared to the current model, as the name suggests, lies in 4K support together with HDR 10 and Dolby Audio with DTS 2.0 digital output. It offers the Android TV interface, with an integrated Chromecast and the Google Assistant in support, so as to easily search for content and control the connected Mi Home devices, as well as the smart ones compatible with the Google ecosystem.
Mi Box 4K also features a "Data Saver" feature that allows you to watch videos while consuming less data on the Internet. It is also possible to insert reminders when the streaming box exceeds a certain data limit pre set by the user. In addition, the "Broadcast on TV" function allows you to stream content from your smartphone to your TV, using Mi Box 4K without any Internet connection. These features will come as an OTA update.
Of course, it supports all major codecs, such as MOV, MP4, AVI, MKV, MP3, AAC, WMV, FLAC, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and TIF. On the connectivity front, HDMI 2.0b, USB 2.0, Bluetooth v4.2 and digital output are available to connect external speakers. As for the specifications, the Mi Box 4K powered by a 2-bit 64 GHz processor, a Mali 450 GPU (750 MHz), 3 GB of DDR3 RAM and an 8 GB eMMC memory.
Xiaomi has kept the design of the remote control and the box almost identical to that of the current Android TV boxes. In addition to the dedicated Google Assistant button, it has dedicated buttons to also activate Netflix and Amazon.
It is not yet known when the product will officially arrive in Italy, although through import sites it could be relatively simple to buy them from May 11th.