Daydream, Google’s latest Virtual Reality program has been one of the highlights of the Google I/O. Xiaomi will be the first partner to make Daydream ready devices along with Google. The Mi Box is also in the works and will be launched in US soon, making it one of the first device from the Chinese maker to make it to the US markets.
Xiaomi Mi Box is a 4K set top box based on Android, this box will also offer a curated set of content along with the plethora of Android apps. Mi Box has been one of the strongest selling entertainment product from Xiaomi and the company has sold over 10 million smart TV’s and set-top boxes in China since its debut in 2013. The Mi Box supports 4K UHD at 60 frames per second along with the HDR10 standard, which will be supported beginning from the Android N. Since Xiaomi has already partnered with content providers including Netflix and Vudu it is very likely that one doesn’t need to worry about the content.
The Mi Box is powered by a quad core ARM A53 CPU and on the graphics end it has Mali 450 GPU along with a 2GB of RAM. On the storage front the Mi Box offers 8GB of eMMC flash however, the USB ports will allow you to latch in memory devices for extra storage capacity.
The Xiaomi Mi Box aims at being an entertainment hub with access to a slew of cast enabled apps for Android and iOS. Additionally, the Mi Box also comes with a Bluetooth remote that supports voice search and commands and this feature will be promptly integrated into the Mi Box. For instance, you can fire up queries like “Leanardo Dicaprio’s Oscar Movie” and it will play Revenant. The Mi Game Controller is similar to the Xbox controller and can be used to play the Android games installed on the Mi Box. The Mi Game controller however will retail as a separate accessory but the Mi Box will still allow you to pair a non-Xiaomi gaming pad.