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Published on January 17th, 2017 | by Martha Kent

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Best 4K Android TV Box: Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box

There are many countries where the cable TV operators offer various smartboxes to their customers. Even so, you should know that there are some alternatives on the market that might elevate the experience of watching your TV to whole new levels. Xiaomi Mi 4K Android TV is a small box that costs around $90 and it brings a whole new meaning to multimedia experience.

The Xiaomi Mi 4k Android TV is a small box that runs on Android OS and can largely replace the Chromecast. It allows access to various applications that will stream content on your TV (VLC, Netflix, Plex, Spotify, Youtube, etc.), but also allows you to play compatible Android games. After searching for a gadget like this for a while now, I can honestly say that Xiaomi Mi is the best 4K Android TV Box under $100.

Main features:
Operating system : Android TV (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
4-core Cortex-A53 @ 2 GHz processor
GPU Mali 450 @ 750 Mhz
2 GB of DDR3 RAM
8 GB of internal storage
Bluetooth 4.0
Connectivity – 1 x USB Type-A
– 1 x HDMI 2.0a
– 1 x SPDIF audio output 3.5 mm
Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz / 5GHz
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 5 mm (300 grams)

Inside the box you will find the Xiaomi Mi Android TV, the HDMI cable, the charger and a remote control (without the required 2 x AAA batteries).

Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box

The Xiaomi Mi 4K Android TV is really compact compared to its competitors (Shield TV or even the Nexus Player)! It offers a rounded design, quite pleasing to the eye. On the back you will find the USB port, the HDMI port, an audio output and the power port.

The Xiaomi Mi 4k Android TV perfectly embeds the Android TV experience, running Android Marshmallow 6.0, the stock version (no software overlay). The OS is therefore ready to use and you can set it in under 10 minutes, especially if you have an Android smartphone. The remote control is intuitive and it is equipped with a “scroll wheel” navigation, a button for voice commands, back button and home button. Of course, the on / off button is also present. Simple and easy to use, especially if you decide to use the speech recognition button.

Before buying this you should know that the box has only an actual storage capacity of 6 GB (8GB in total with the OS + apps) and that the storage will serve mainly for applications. If you want to store additional content, you should use the USB port and connect a hard disk, a USB key, etc. With an Android app like File Explorer, you can then read the content of the external media without too much hassle.

If you own a 4K TV and you are concerned with image quality, this gadget is definitely dedicated to you. The OS can play 4K HDR streams, even if Netflix does not seem to recognize the box and only offers Full HD despite a 4K subscription. YouTube playback works great with this small gadget, you will be able to watch videos in real 4K!

Xiaomi Mi 4K Android TV is, of course, compatible with Google Cast. This means that you can send the content directly to your TV using a smartphone via compatible apps like MyCanal or Molotov TV.

4K Gaming

Let’s not forget about another way to use this cool gadget: GAMING! As you can imagine, an android TV box is not exactly the best solution for playing high quality games. This is clearly not the highlight of Xiaomi Mi Android TV. If you want to buy an Android box for gaming, you should look into Nvidia Shield TV. With features including a 4-core Cortex-A53 @ 2 GHz processor with a Mali 450 @ 750 Mhz GPU and 2GB of RAM, Xiaomi Mi allows you to play Android games available on Play Store, but these are not specially designed for a 4K TV. The ergonomics is, moreover, quite strange with the remote control. Fortunately, Xiaomi has a game controller for this Android box and it is priced around $25. Pretty neat, right? You can buy it from Amazon for $92

Tags: gadgets, technology


About the Author

I am the senior editor for SciNotions web magazine. In the past, I have also worked in various projects involving science, music, technology and gadgets.



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