GizChina readers from the US have been waiting for the giant from the East to officially start selling its items in the country. While we’ve seen an accessory shop set up in the past, this is the first time Xiaomi have given a product (besides accessories) of their own a real launch in the US: they’ve launched the much-awaited Mi Box in the country.
Hugo Barra seemed elated. He posted:
The Mi Box will sell for $69 across various channels, including Walmart. Here’s what it comes with:
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- Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz and Mali 450 750MHz GPU
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 8GB eMMC, expandable via USB
- Up to 4K Ultra HD 60fps output
- Powered by Android TV 6.0
- Bluetooth voice remote with Google voice search
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz / 5GHz
- Google Cast ready
- DTS 2.0+ Digital Out, Dolby Digital Plus
- Dimensions: 101mm x 101mm x 19.5mm, 176.5g
It’s way smaller than it seems to look in the pictures!
Those in the US can purchase the Mi Box right now via mi.com. If you prefer Walmart, you’ll have to wait a few days, until the calendar reads October 7th.
Barra went on to add “…Watch movies and TV shows on Netflix, HBO, Showtime (it’s available just in time for Fall TV premieres), download and play games from Google Play, watch live TV channels like ESPN, CNN, and Disney, and stream content from your favorite apps in vivid and true-to-life 4K”, basically telling that Xiaomi have partnered with some content providers as well. So if you haven’t watched season two of Narcos yet, you could do so right on your TV with the Mi Box.
Any GizChina readers from the US planning to get one?
Better buy one of the newer tv boxes with the Amlogic s912 soc
I’ve been waiting for this box for too long.
I ended up buying a Nvidia Shield TV.
I’m a little disappointed by Android TV, I miss the freedom of installing a third party launcher and mostly I miss the full Android experience.
Coming from a Raspberry PI, these restrictions bother me even more.
I’ve owned older Amlogic boxes in the past and they work pretty good.
For $69 this one is a best buy and I totally recommend it. The Shield is a powerhouse, but if you’re not an avid gamer then I wouldn’t justify the extra $130
capable of hardware encoding HEVC Main10?
What about us over in Europe any chance of a official release
Ordered yesterday but it still hasn’t processed. Don’t need it but want to encourage Xiaomi to bring it all to the us.