Xiaomi’s Mi Box media streamer is now available in the United States. I mean sure, some Walmart stores actually started putting it on the shelves last week, but today’s the day it was supposed to go on sale… and it has.

You can officially buy the box from Walmart or the Mi.com website starting today. It sells for $69, supports 4K video playback at 60 frames per second, and runs Google’s Android TV software.

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The Mi Box is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with ARM Mali-450 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of eMMC storage.

It supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 and features HDMI 2.0a, S/PDIF, and 3.5mm audio ports as well as a USB 2.0 port.

The box ships with Android TV 6.0 and comes with a Bluetooth remote control, and the remote also has a microphone, allowing you to control the media streamer using voice commands.

With a $69 price tag, the Mi Box is one of the most affordable media streamers capable of handling 4K video. Amazon and Roku offer their own 4K-ready devices, but those sell for around $100 and up. And Google is expected to launch a 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra soon. It will be about the same price as the Mi Box, but it won’t have as many features.

 

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15 replies on “Xiaomi Mi Box launches in the United States for $69 (Android TV box with 4K support)”

  1. Random question. Will this work on a TV that doesn’t have HDCP? We have an older flat panel that predates HDCP so our options with it are limited. Chromecast won’t work. We are using a remix mini with it now, but I would love to give that another task and get something with a remote and a better “TV” interface.

  2. I was excited about this until I realized that it was an “Android TV” box rather than an “Android TV box”.

  3. It is not in Walmart stores starting today. The current reports from Walmart employees is between 10/7 and 10/10 which is a lot sooner than you would get one if you bought it on http://www.mi.com.

    1. you may be right. i ordered from mi.com yesterday and status is still payment received, hasn’t even reached Processed yet.

  4. not seeing it on walmart website yet. i heard it was going to be available in stores on Oct. 7
    i ordered one from mi.com just for funsies. no need for another streamer and will probably have to hide it from the wife. but i gotta encourage xiaomi to keep sending their stuff to the US! Not sideloading Amazon Prime Video, unfortunately, so probably won’t use it much unless a work around is released.

    oh, and when i tried to go back and order another one for my brother, it says “Mi Box Black is out of stock”
    so hopefully mine actually ships.

    1. 4k/60 so yeah it will handle 1080/24p, but what are you using that is on 1080/24p?

  5. Looks great, but no HDMI CEC and no gigabit port are deal killers for me. I will stick with odroid c2 and libreelec as I only play files.

    1. How do you know it doesn’t support CEC?
      Most of the Chinese android boxes do…so I’d expect this one does as well…

      Having to use USB ethernet like the Nexus Player sucks though…

    2. It does support CEC according to Xiaomi and they would know. A good AC wifi and this should take any video you throw at it. We stream raw mpeg2 from our cable provider over AC to our Nexus Player now. 4K-60 is less than 20mbps in h.265 which is the 4K stream standard. Most compressed streams will be less (12mbps) which is what you’ll get for now.

      1. Yeah, sorry I didn’t see where it listed CEC support. They mention CEC in the youtube review.



        My house has dual gigabit ports in all rooms, I have never needed AC. My network share’s hard disk is my bottle neck, about 80MB/s.
        4k video on the odroid c2 actually looks very good and I have had no issues with h265 files with DTS audio. I can’t wait for more ultra hd bluray content to be released.

      2. I never knew the Nexus Player did MPEG2, now I wish I had picked one up earlier this year when I saw one still on a shelf. I just did some emailing with Xiaomi and they’ve stated the Mi Box does not support MPEG2 decoding. At first they gave me a list of supported file types but then after a second email they stated not supported… it’s possible support just doesn’t know but they also don’t list it on the website. Oh well ;/

  6. Specs look on point, but time will tell if they provide updates. Hopefully their partnership with Wal-Mart shows they are ready to go primetime with the American market and fulfill expectations accordingly.

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