Xiaomi has today launched two new smart TV boxes in China, called the Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4c. As the names suggest, these fourth-generation TV boxes are the successors to the Mi Box 3s and Mi Box 3c that were launched back in November 2016.
Both the new smart TV boxes have been launched in China. As is the case with Xiaomi’s smart devices, these two launches will also be restricted to the company’s home country. As far as pricing is concerned, the Mi Box 4 will retail at RMB 349 (Rs 3,500 approximately), and the Mi Box 4c will retail at RMB 249 (Rs 2,500 approximately). Both the smart TV boxes will start shipping in China from February 1.
Both the smart TV boxes feature the same square-shaped design, measure 16mm in thickness, and weigh in at 145 grams. Where the Mi Box 4 comes in a white color, the Mi Box 4c comes in matte black color. Under the Mi Box 4’s hood is a 1.5GHz Amlogic 64-bit quad-core SoC paired with Mali-450 GPU. It also comes with 2GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage. The Mi Box 4c comes with a similar processor, but with less memory – 1GB of RAM, and 4GB internal storage.
They also support 4K HDR Ultra HD quality content, h.265 hardware decoding, and support for Dolby + DTS audio output. Both feature the usual bevy of connectivity ports – AV interface port, HDMI, and USB. On the software front, both smart TV boxes run Android Marshmallow wrapped under Xiaomi’s custom UI.
A highlight of the two smart TV boxes is Xiaomi’s PathWall artificial intelligence voice system. This system allows users to search for keywords, open apps, check the weather as well as calendar, among others by speaking into the remote control. The built-in AI technology also monitors user’s viewing habits, and recommends different types of content.