Although primarily known for its smartphones, Xiaomi makes a wide array of stuff, ranging from TVs to umbrellas. However, a trait common among all of the company’s products is that they offer incredible value for money. The newly-launched Mi Box S, unsurprisingly, is no exception.
Successor to the original Mi Box, Xiaomi’s latest streaming media player runs Android TV (based on 8.1 Oreo) and is priced at an affordable $59 (approximately Rs 4,300). It’s quite likely to be updated to Android Pie as well.
Talking about hardware, Xiaomi Mi Box S is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, paired with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. These innards give it the capability to play 4K HDR videos at up to 60fps, which is quite impressive, given the set top box’s affordable price. Not just that, there’s support for Dolby DTS audio as well. All standard connectivity options are aboard, including Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI 2.0, audio out, and USB Type-A.
The Mi Box S comes with a nifty remote controller that has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which means you don’t have to fumble around with complicated menus to find your favorite show/movie. What’s more, there’s even a Netflix button, so you can binge-watch to your heart’s desire.
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That’s all well and good, but what about availability? Xiaomi Mi Box S is currently up for pre-order on Walmart, with shipping set to commence from November 1. However, there’s no word as to when (or if) the streaming media player will be launched in India.