Google, Xiaomi Announces Mi Box S Android TV Streaming Block

Alfred Osborne
October 12, 2018

The Xiaomi Mi Box S has been listed on the Chinese company's website for a while now, but it wasn't until the Made By Google event that we got USA release confirmation for the streaming box.

The set-top box runs Android TV 8.1, so it has the new channel-based launcher that came in Oreo.

The design of the box is not the only new thing.

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Where it does differ, however, is in its smarts, as unlike the original model the new Mi Box S does come loaded with the Google Assistant built-in. Interestingly, the remote control accompanying the Mi Box S is where most of the obvious design changes can be found. Now Netflix joins a collection of other streaming content and etc apps in the Xiaomi Mi Box S. Other apps in the mix include Vudu, YouTube, HBONOW, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music, ESPN, Sling Television, Spotify, ShowTime, and STARZ. You can also use the assistant to find a movie/show, ask it to play a song, or even ask it the weather. The Xiaomi Mi Box S is priced at $59.99 and is only available to buy through Walmart. It is powered by a Cortex-A53 quad-core chipset with a Mali-450 GPU and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Box S streams in 4K and is built on Android TV. It looks like it has volume control as well, plus a dedicated Google Assistant button and all of your typical Android TV navigation keys.

The Mi Box S has the same internals as the Mi Box. But the Android TV box market is now a sparse landscape with very few options available for consumers to choose from. This is the first time we have seen the Mi TV Box S go official considering it is not listed on Xiaomi's official China website.

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