The smart TV streaming content box Mi Box was refreshed this week with the Mi Box S. This device comes from Xiaomi and delivers the newest in new Android TV software - Android TV 8.1.
The remote also features a new dedicated Netflix button and a live TV button right next to that.
It's Android 8.1 for now (Oreo) although we're informed it will be getting Pie'd (9.0) some time soon. It supports video playback up to 4K 60FPS, with HDR and Dolby/DTS Audio to boot. It's a Chromecast-enabled device, too, so direct streaming from your phone or PC is also a feature. The Xiaomi Mi Box S is priced at $59.99 and is only available to buy through Walmart. The Mi Box S can also be used as a gaming console, by downloading games from Google Play Store.
The actual 4K-enabled box is nearly 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. Allowing users to make use of the digital assistant to control various aspects of the viewing experience, as well other compatible smart devices around the home, in addition to receiving feedback to questions asked. As of now, there is no information on the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Box S what so ever. On the other hand the Mi Box S doesn't have Amazon Prime Video, which is available on all of its competitors as well as the Nvidia Shield. The device will start to ship from November 2018.
The Xiaomi Mi Box S is an upgraded model to the Xiaomi Mi Box, which was initially launched in 2016.