Xiaomi Mi Box S comes to the US with 4K, Android TV, Google Assistant, and low price
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. We’re talking a measly $59.99 for an Android TV-powered streaming media player with 4K Ultra HD output, built-in Chromecast support, and yes, even Google Assistant functionality.
Keep in mind that the Chromecast Ultra still costs $69 with far fewer bells and whistles, although Amazon’s brand-new Fire TV Stick 4K could prove a very stiff competitor at an even lower $49.99.
The actual 4K-enabled box is almost incredibly tiny and lightweight, at 147 grams (compared to the gargantuan 425-gram Apple TV 4K), nonetheless packing a powerful quad-core CPU and 3+2-core GPU.
Because certain compromises were needed to hit such a killer price point, the Xiaomi Mi Box S only comes with 8GB internal storage space. Running Android 8.1 out the box, this lets you access a “world of content”, including Netflix, VUDU, Spotify, YouTube, and SlingTV.
Mirroring “almost any device”, from phones to tablets to laptops, is obviously made easy with SmartCast technology, while the accompanying remote features a Netflix button, a quick live TV shortcut, as well as a Google Assistant button for online voice search and voice control of connected smart home devices.