Original Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box — innovationa Apple TV with voice control
The Chinese company Xiaomi continues to conquer the Western market. And this time the Asian masters decided to surprise the entire world is not a smartphone or tablet, and an innovative TV set-top box. To the already famous line of the company called Mi-Box has added a brand new gadget, released in cooperation with Google (which means pre-installed on this Android TV instead of the original shell) and aimed at Western consumers.
This TV console has a system of Android TV without any problems to connect to YouTube, Google Play Movies, Netflix, iVi and other services. In addition, you can install apps, play games and listen to music on the smartphone, but only play all on the big screen. So what else can please this TV console a potential buyer?
The main technical characteristics Xiaomi Mi Box:
- CPU: Quad Core (4 core), Amlogic S905, ARM Cortex-A53 (64-Bit) 2.0 GHz;
- Graphics accelerator: Mali-450, 700 MHz;
- memory: 2GB (DDR3);
- Built-in memory: 8 GB (eMMC);
- Connectors: AV, DC Power Port, HDMI, SPDIF, USB2.0;
- Support memory card: no (can connect USB stick or hard drive);
- Wireless interfaces: Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz/5GHz (a/b/g/n/ac ), Bluetooth 4.0;
- Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Marshmallow);
- Video formats: H. 265 HEVC MP L5 10.1, up to 4K x 2K at 60fps, H. 264 AVC L5 HPat.1, up to 4K x 2K @ 30fps, H. 264 MVC up to 1080P @ 60fps VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K x 2K @ 60fps, HDR10/HDR HLG;
- audio Formats: DTS (Digital Theater System) Dolby Digital Plus;
- Optional: Bluetooth remote with voice search, connect the wireless mouse and keyboard;
- Power supply: input 100-240V, 50-60Hz, output 5.2 V, 2.1 A;
- Dimensions: 101 x 101 x 20 mm;
- Weight: 176 grams;
- Color: black.
With a prefix in the box you will find: power supply, HDMI cable, remote control (in some games you can use like a joystick), the user manual and warranty card.
appearance and ergonomics.
At the first examination a compact and easy-TV-console resembles the original artifact from the distant future. Her black (though rather dark graphite) body is made of high quality plastic and is designed in austere style. Thanks to a semi-matte coating, fingerprints on the surface of the device is almost imperceptible. But the dust from the console will still have to periodically wipe.
Rounded and tapering in the front of the box top is decorated with a modest logo. The front panel is complemented by discreet activity indicator.
the Back of the manufacturer has supplied a total of four connectors:
- to connect the power;
- USB 2.0 to connect external drives and other auxiliary devices;
- HDMI version 2.0 for connecting to a TV or monitor;
- 3.5 mm combo mini-jack that allows you to connect wired headphones or a full stereo system.
Gadget developers decided to abandon the traditional legs and replaced them with rubberized rounded pedestal. It securely holds the console on any surface even at the time of the accession of cables and accessories.
Due to the unusual appearance, vaguely reminiscent of smooth sea-stone, the Mi TV Box I even received several prestigious awards among designers. In General, the new product from Xiaomi is a stylish product claims no build quality or reliability of the materials used.
Deserve a special mention and the remote control. With its creation, the employees of the Chinese company clearly sought inspiration among the products «Apple» brand. And it did them only for the benefit of – control over the console is very convenient. And this despite the fact that, in addition to the logo, the panel decorates a few buttons.
From the screen, the makers of the product decided to give up, replacing it discreet (respectively, and not annoying in the dark) the indicator activity. And it is quite an informed and reasonable step. After all, why the device, which in most cases will be hidden behind an LCD TV or to hide in an alcove deep shelves, useless display is barely visible on it for hours and stuff?
Is much easier to make the show all the visual features on the screen itself «plasma» that the developers gladly did.
OS and interface.
Releasing a fresh Xiaomi Mi TV Box, in collaboration with Google, the Chinese developers have decided in terms of the software to trust their foreign partners. Because the gadget in the first place, designed not for Asian consumers, and Western market. That is why the device and replaced my old firmware on the more common in America, Europe and Russia Android TV. There is support for HDR (high dynamic range) and Google Cast (video playback and movies on your TV from your smartphone directly).
It should be noted that the new device from Xiaomi to manage much better than its predecessors. And it's not only more comfortable shell, made on the basis of Android OS version six, but also in ergonomics radically redesigned remote control with a simplified perception of the voice commands that have been detected in several >
Any service at each of the proposed manufacturer of control methods is available in fractions of a second. The screen displays everything intuitive. So in terms of the exploitation of its smart STBs to the TV experts of the company Xiaomi have become much closer to users from around the world.
For the hardware part of the device corresponds to 4-core Cortex-A53 processor, working in 4-bit mode at a frequency of two gigahertz. For processing graphics uses the GPU, the Mali-450. Together with two gigabytes of RAM, a fast modem and Wi-Fi-module, so the base is quite sufficient to play video in 4K, and also for the installation of most interest to users of set-top box applications. In addition, the product from Xiaomi has eight gigabytes of internal memory, of which to use to suit your needs the owner of the gadget will be able more than five. To increase the data warehouse succeeds, connecting to device, external hard drive.
As for games, it is not so simple. The device easily copes with the most demanding arcade game, which is enough to occupy the kids. But games with serious graphics start from scratch, so as a full-fledged entertainment platform to use Xiaomi Mi TV Box, like most other set top boxes, unlikely to succeed. Just putting the graphics settings closer to the minimum, and is connected to the device a few wireless Bluetooth joystick, gamers will be able to relax and have fun.
- the Original design and modest size;
- Connect additional devices via Bluetooth;
- Built-in remote control and microphone to execute voice commands;
- the Support of the majority of the services popular in Russia and in the West;
- Innovative control panel with a small number of buttons.
- a Small number of ports to connect additional devices;
- Short cables to connect to TV and power supply.
Summing up: Technically Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box is unlikely to create a revolution among the set-top box that supports 4K. But for all the owners of conventional LCD TVs are not yet familiar with the SmartTV technology, this console is the solution to almost all pressing problems. Want to enjoy all the pleasures of «smart» TVs, not overpaying and getting all sorts of charms? Then it's a creation from Xiaomi like created especially for you!