Xiaomi Reveals Inexpensive 4K Set Top Box, Two Routers


While Andi is over there schmoozing it up with the OnePlus brass, I’m here at my computer trying to find out about those other announcements that were supposed to be made today. Xiaomi promised three new devices, and while none of them were the highly rumored and much anticipated MiPad tablet, the three devices they did show off are cool enough in their own rights.

The one device that Xiaomi heavily teased had a rounded edge that gave it a similar appearance to Lenovo’s Yoga tablets. What it ended up being instead was “the worlds most inexpensive” 802.11ac router. Costing a scant 129 RMB ($21, €15). It comes in multiple colors, is dual-band and should prove to be a capable router for the price.

The other router comes packed with 256MB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, so that it can pull double duty as a media server. Xiaomi promises that it has a speed booster that makes it faster and its signal stronger than other routers. The technology in question is called “beamforming” it has been used of a (scant) few routers before, but by all reports it is all that Xiaomi is hyping it up to be. It all comes in a nice wooden box and costs 699 RMB ($81, €112).

 

Finally, we have the MiBox enhanced edition. They really should have called this the MiBox 2 though, because it is a major step up from its predecessor. For starters, it now includes 4K video support, rather than topping out at 1080p like the last MiBox. To power that high quality video it has upped its CPU from a 1.5 Ghz dual core processor to a 2 Ghz quad core processor. Its RAM has also been doubled. It keeps the 4GB of built in storage, but it is now expandable to 64GB. And, incase you have one of Xiaomi’s new routers, it supports 802.11ac, rather than just 802.11n. It costs 399 RMB ($64, €46). Oh, it is also lighter and smaller, if those kind of details matter to you.

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So there you have it, three devices: two routers and a set top box.

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17 Comments

  1. xianan88
    April 23, 2014

    XiaoMi Rock..!

  2. Yoann Many
    April 23, 2014

    Dissappointed, obviously. Seems to indicate that we will not see Mi3S before May or June, and Mi4 before next year :/….

    Such a big suspense for those products (quite pulled off though) is shamefull considering the fans’ expectations!

    • Airyl
      April 23, 2014

      You shouldn’t have have expected so much. They never did say they were going to release the Mi3s here, did they?

      • Yoann Many
        April 23, 2014

        Nope you right, but they did tease the Mi3S and the MiPad via tweeter. Meaning they created the expectations

        • April 23, 2014

          They also mentioned the Mi3S on Facebook, I think that was removed though

  3. OnlyMe999
    April 23, 2014

    If this box came with ubuntu pre-installed they could a hell of a lot of them i reckon.

  4. MRU
    April 23, 2014

    Pity that there no specs for the new box on their international site….
    I doubt that it has HDMI 2.0 for true 4k.
    If it had it incl DTS HD pass through I could retire my htpc.

  5. Nahúm Pérez Mesa
    April 23, 2014

    The TV BOX CPU is a Amlogic but… a M802 model? because the GPU in my tablet Onda V975m is the Mlais-450MP8 and in this one is anly a Mali-450MP6…

  6. Hoàng Vững
    April 23, 2014

    Many Xiaomi fans disappointed, cause they waiting for Mi3s, Mipad and MIUI V6.

  7. Big O
    April 23, 2014

    These are actually quite nice. Wonder how they perform.

  8. April 24, 2014

    No Mi3S 🙁

  9. T1
    April 24, 2014

    What is the MiBox used for, I dont understand the concept.

    • Rob
      April 24, 2014

      I guess it is a Android based device running a custom OS that lets you watch Tv channels over the Internet. I have a device like that by a different manufacturer, but only runs on Dual core. You can install normal android apps and theres normally a remote included

  10. Sushmita Mahajan
    June 18, 2014

    Wonder how long this box works!! Fantastic specs and unbelievable price always comes at a steeep cost to the consumer!!! I bought a xiaomi mi3 phone with 2 years contract. It barely lasted 3 WEEKS. I am left in the lurch, as I have to buy a new phone at full cost now from the service provider. Wonder if there is some kind of cartel between XIAOMI, the super sub standard product supplier and the telecoms company M1. $150! Thats how much I paid for a phone that lasted for 3 weeks. Wonder how many of us are willing to pay that price. Add to it the hassle of a non functioning phone.inept service provider, talking for hours to indifferent customer sevice ppl!!
    So the only lesson is BUYER BEWARE.

    • Lucas
      July 19, 2014

      mmm If you bought a $150 Xiaomi mi3, it was probably fake… it’s around $300 actually. I totally disagree with you, it’s absolutley possible to make quality products at low cost. Xiaomi maight well be heading a revolution, i sure hope so. Big companies make millions at the expense of the consummers.

      • Xyl Em
        July 20, 2014

        Hi Lucas,
        Its even worse if fake Xiaomi Mi3 phones are sold through esteemed service providers in Singapore. I bought it from M1 one of the leading service providers in Singapore.
        I bought it on a two year contract.
        I truly hope Xiaomi can make revolutionary products with amazing features and be able to provide it at unbelievable prices. Also it should meet the basic lifetime expectation, eg last for about 2 years.
        If its spoilt in three weeks and the service centre as well as Xiaomi totally wash their hands off and blame the customer, then you will have to think twice before trusting this brand.
        I have burnt my fingers. So I felt obliged to share my bad experience with other consumers.