As you can probably tell I’m quite excited about the Xiaomi TV launch, but what I’m not excited about is the likely long wait I will have to endure to get one of these super cheap Android set-top boxes!
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun unveiled his company’s new device today, the $60 Xiaomi TV which has been quickly compared to the Apple TV, although it actually has a whole lot more to offer than Apple’s home entertainment device (especially for Chinese consumers).
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It’s not just Chinese gadget fans getting excited though as international buyers are looking to the Xiaomi TV as the perfect go to hub for all their wireless devices which support Apple’s Airplay, DLNA and Android 4.2 Miracast.
Unfortunately there is a big BUT with the Xiaomi TV and that’s the availability!
The first batch of Xiaomi TV set-top boxes will go on sale at a special low price of just $48 (299 Yuan) but will only be offered to Xiaomi forum members who have obtained a certain number of points.
The rest of us will be lucky to get our hands on the Mi TV when it goes on general sale mid December at the higher price of 399 Yuan ($60) and if Xiaomi’s previous launches are anything to go buy, in very limited numbers….
I would just ignore Xiaomi, they are only trying to make a name and the way they do that is by producing limited stock but making an device that is a little better then the competition.
I mean just look at the Xiaomi Mi2, yeah great CPU that snapdragon 4, but its highly overated, its not like its so much faster then the other A9 quadcores, its just alittle better, not like going from dualcore to quadcore.
Right now I have even already preordered an Huawei Honor 2 because its better alternative then a phone like Xiaomi which is hard to get.
If its supporting English im in for the pre-order in mid-december.
International shipping should be possible for 100 dollars if you buy ”smart”.
From what I’ve heard it won’t be supporting English (at least for now), and there won’t be a google play store installed, it will be locked to Xiaomi content only similar to how the Apple Tv is locked to it’s contact.
This box is still worth it for the price alone, you can use IOS and Android devices with it, and stream your movies, even from laptops! It doesn’t matter to me if it doesn’t come in English, because the movies we stream will be in English, so this is def a must buy, at least for me.