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.
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.