Mi box android tv

Xiaomi has been selling smart TVs in India since 2018 and it should be credited for propelling the demvà for affordable smart TVs as well as creating a mid-segment between sub-standard & good televisions. After launching its first batch of smart TVs running an AOSP-based interface, Xiaongươi transitioned to the Android TV interface in response khổng lồ the pauthành phố of supported apps on the previous software platsize. More than two years after the first launch, Xiaomày is the leading smart TV br& in India in terms of sales. But now, Xiaongươi has a different notion và that’s to lớn convert every TV into lớn a smart TV, especially keeping in mind the older ones. In line with this, Xiaongươi had launched the Mi Box 4K, an Android TV set-top box that can connect to lớn any TV or desktop monitor via HDXiaoMI & convert that it into a screen running Android TV.

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How is Mi Box 4K useful?

Using the Mi Box 4K, you can literally convert any TV, screen, or desktop monitor inkhổng lồ a smart TV. If you’re adventurous enough, you can even convert a much older CRT TV or monitor inkhổng lồ a smart TV using the Mi Box along with the right adapters. The bottom line is, this device can give any standard screen the superpowers of a smart, internet-connected Android TV. This modular approach works in Xiaomi’s favor since TVs, unlượt thích smartphones, have much longer lifecycles, and users prefer to lớn keep their TVs easily for five sầu years, maybe even seven or more, instead of upgrading them every time some new technology is introduced.


While a sản phẩm of this sort is new to the Indian market (not counting the Amazon Fire TV Sticks), the concept isn’t new & dates bachồng to lớn at least the Nexus Player. Xiaomi’s Mi Box isn’t new either. It was first launched in Trung Quốc & the U.S. bachồng in 2016 with Android TV 6.0 and updated in 2018 as the Mi Box S with a new attire but the same hardware inside và Android TV 8.0 running on it. The Mi Box 4K appears to lớn a rebranded version of the Mi Box S running Android TV Pie natively.

Despite being a two-year-old apparatus, the Mi Box 4K for ₹3,499 brings the same hardware specs as the lakiểm tra Mi TVs và the only thing you need to supplement it with is a display of your choice. It runs on an Amxúc tích chip with a quad-core CPU complemented by 2GB of RAM & an 8GB of internal storage. It comes with a Xiaongươi Mi TV Công nghệ Bluetooth remote with an in-line microphone for communication with Google Assistant và quick launch keys for OTT apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.


What makes Xiaomi’s Mi Box 4K worth your money?

I have been using the Mi Box for more than a week & here are the reasons that make it worth every penny you spend on it.

Disclosure: Xiaomày India loaned us the Mi Box 4K for this short reviews. However, they did not have sầu any inputs on this article.

4K on any display – almost!

The Mi Box 4K supports video clip playbaông chồng at up to lớn 4K resolution and 60fps along with tư vấn for HEVC Clip compression format. Technically, while the playbaông xã resolution is limited by the display you’re using along with the Xiaomi TV Box, you can not only play 4K videos using a USB storage but also in the YouTube tiện ích for Android TV irrespective of the display’s resolution. I’m using a Full HD TV here và as you can see below, YouTube can play 4K videos. It’s good lớn see that the Mi Box 4K is not the bottleneông xã in this scenario.


Using the DRMInfo app, we can confirm that the TV box supports Widevine L1 license, giving it the ability to play premium nội dung at high resolution. Therefore, the Mi Box 4K is capable of playing 4K videos on OTT apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, or Sony LIV as long as you have sầu an Ultra HD TV và the necessary, subscription plan.



Clean interface: no Patchwall, nor any bloatware

Xiaomi’s Mi TV lineup that runs on the company’s own content discovery interface – Patchwall. This is a content-focused interface filled with recommendations allowing easy discovery of new or relevant content for users who require guidance. While Patchwall is appreciated by many users, it may have sầu unwanted recommendations or act as an extra layer of software for users who already know what they wish to lớn watch. And, that’s where the Mi Box 4K excels! The device comes just with a stoông chồng Android TV interface for easily jumping inkhổng lồ whatever content users want to watch.


Not just that, the Mi Box also comes without any unwanted OTT apps like Zee5 or VOOT preinstalled, giving you the full liberty to customize your TV experience as per your liking.

Ability to lớn Plug-n-Play

The Mi Box 4K essentially comes with the same hardware (sans the screen) as some of the lademo options in the Mi TV lineup. But the apparent advantage here is of portability. There can be many applications that this portability facilitates: you can carry the media player lớn a friend’s house for a movie marahạn hẹp or a house các buổi tiệc nhỏ, or just take it along with you on a vacation so you’re not limited lớn the crappy SD-only satellite television – or even worse, paid in-room entertainment – in the khách sạn, nor would you need lớn sign your subscriptions again onto lớn an unknown thiết đặt. The playability allows you to lớn even hook the Mi Box khổng lồ a projector over HDXiaoMi MI, or even card VGA using a converter. This versatility makes the Mi Box 4K an extremely practical and worthwhile sản phẩm.


Just lượt thích the lademo Mi TV lineup, the Mi Box 4K supports an SDR khổng lồ HDR option. As the name suggests, this option can be toggled lớn upscale standard dynamic range (SDR) nội dung to high dynamic range (HDR) nội dung. Typically, this feature works with any TV that supports any of the HDR formats such as HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Digital, HLG, or Technicolor’s Advanced HDR. Native sầu HDR tư vấn on the TV is a must-have sầu or the feature might not show any noticeable results even while being turned on.

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With the SDR to HDR option turned on, the dynamic range is widened throughout the UI; in simpler terms, the bright parts of the display become brighter & the light parts become lighter. Parts of the interface where this change is reflected include the Android TV launcher, the Play Store, và all the apps. It must be noted, however, that this HDR effect appears static, meaning the contrast doesn’t change with each new frame & remains the same everywhere.

3.5mm tai nghe jaông xã và a USB port

For direct audio output khổng lồ a headphone or an old stereo system, the Mi Box 4K comes with a headphone jachồng. Interestingly, the same port also serves as an optical audio port. The tai nghe jaông chồng allows you khổng lồ listen to lớn the audio in private without disturbing someone else’s peace. It’s worth mentioning that you can also connect a Công nghệ Bluetooth headset to the Mi Box for wireless audio but that might involve sầu latency of about 2 seconds since there’s Hi-Fi support here. We did try these out with the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, & there is noticeable audio latency.


In addition lớn the tai nghe jaông chồng, the USB port can come in handy if you want to watch some pre-downloaded content, listen to music, or look at some pictures from a hard disk or a USB thumb drive sầu. In addition, you can also sideload apps onto the Mi TV that may not be optimized for Android TV or not available on the Android TV’s Play Store.

Dolby Audio và DTS 2.0 with digital out

The Mi Box 4K comes with DTS 2.0 + Digital Out, providing a high-fidelity transmission và brilliant surround sound experience using a home page theater system with a 5.1 channel thiết lập (or fewer speakers). The enhanced audio signal can be sent over either the 3.5mm audio connector or an optical audio cable.

In another scenario if you use multiple input sources with your TV and your home theater system is plugged into lớn the TV instead of the Mi Box, you can still make the best out of the surround sound experience. This means the audio signal sent lớn the TV is directly passed through khổng lồ the home theater system without any processing or compression.


At the same time, the Mi Box 4K also comes with Dolby Audio tư vấn which enhances the surround sound experience. Netflix, for instance, supports up lớn 5.1 channel tư vấn via Dolby Audio.

Dolby Audio and DTS are compression standards from rival companies & having support for both of them ensures the best of both worlds for the users.

Data Saver và Dual-band Wi-Fi

As its name suggests, the Mi Box 4K can play videos at a maximum resolution of 4K. When you’re streaming content in 4K resolution – or even Full HD – it requires a fast và reliable connection. To ensure that, this Android TV Box comes with dual-bvà Wi-Fi allowing you to stream content without any stoppages. My Wi-Fi router connected to a 100Mbps fiber line is in the next room from the room where the TV is and in this room, I get a download tốc độ of about 15Mbps on the 2.4GHz compared khổng lồ the 75Mbps tải về speed which I get on the 5GHz connection. So, the faster 5GHz connection provides for a viewing experience không tính phí of buffering or lag in terms of achieving the best resolution.


For countries lượt thích India where Wi-Fi penetration is still fairly low, people might often use mobile hotspots as their source of Wi-Fi connections. Keeping this in mind, Xiaomày India introduced the Data Saver feature on the Mi TV lineup in India. The feature, as the name says, prevents excessive consumption of mobile data. Xiaomi claims that only about one-third of the data is consumed as compared khổng lồ when using a Wi-Fi connection. This is accomplished by pausing any background activity and optimizing the resolution of the streamed content. Keep in mind that users of the Mi Box are the ones who have shied away from making the switch khổng lồ a smart TV, possibly due to a budget constraint — so this feature gets greater utility in this context.


The Mi TV 4K supports CEC over HDMI (HDXiaoMi MI Consumer Electronics Control), which means that you can control it using the TV’s remote or conversely control the TV with the remote you get with the Mi Box 4K. From the Android TV’s device preferences, you can also choose what all can be controlled by the other remote. You can choose lớn switch on the Mi Box & your TV, play/pause, or navigate through the interface using the same remote.

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Mi TV 4K: Salvage your old TV

TVs – unlượt thích other forms of consumer tech – last much longer and are replaced much less often. Many people even use their existing TVs until it dies, và this makes the Mi TV 4K – or any other device of this form a very practical choice. There’s essentially no harm in giving your TV a makeover by spending just ₹3,499 especially when you’re in no mood lớn spover a bigger amount on a new TV (& also giảm giá with all the other hassles of buying a TV). There are definitely many Android TV boxes available in the market – you will find options like the NVIDIA Shield TV in the U.S. but that cost more than the Mi TV. If you’re in India, you are limited by cheap options from unknown brands, or opting for the Amazon Fire TV sticks which have a different user experience.

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