Google I/O started on Wednesday May 18th 2016 and the surprises keep getting better and better.
Now comes word that Xiaomi is entering the Streaming race with their own award-winning set-top box (Goode, 2016, May 18) called the Mi Box.
The Android TV 6.0 Mi Box is powered by a quad-core ARM processor, Mali 450 GPU and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It’s capable of streaming 4K video at 60 FPS and has great sound with Dolby Digital Plus audio playback.
You’ll be able to connect HDMI 2.0a and the Bluetooth remote suggests gaming, as the Mi Box is also a Gaming console for Android TV-compatible games.
In case you find the remote tiring, there is support for Google Voice control, allowing contextual search of content and launching of apps (Heater, 2016, May 19). The platform also remembers what you searched for before and can make recommendations based on that past search history.
No info on price or availability, but if it comes in at US$50 or lower (Deer, 2015, September 18), it may be a huge contender against the Amazon Fire TV (Deer, 2015, January 3) and the Roku Streaming Stick (Deer, 2014, March 5), especially for Jamaicans looking to cut the cord.
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- Goode, L (2016, May 18). Xiaomi’s 4K Mi Box is Google’s newest Android TV device. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/18/11704964/new-google-chromecast-Android-TV-partners-Xiaomi-Sony-Toshiba-4K
- Heater, B. (2016, May 19). Xiaomi shows off a 4K Android TV set-top box at I/O. Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/18/xiaomi-mibox/