Xiaomi recently announced their latest Mi Box running on Android TV OS 6.0 at the Google I/O this year. Now the smart set-top box touting Android genetics has cleared FCC certifications thereby indicating at an imminent launch in US.
The Mi Box, which is one of the most popular Android TV boxes in China was initially launched with MIUI under the hood in the company’s homeland. Google however tied up with the Chinese firm and Sundar Pichai showcased their own Android TV OS using Xiaomi’s hardware at this year I/O conference. The F.C.C clearance of the Mi Box however doesn’t come as a surprise. In fact, the Lei Jun led company has been eyeing the US market for some time now and has even started selling some of its accessories in the country via their official website.
For those unaware, the Xiaomi Mi Box is a 4K Android TV OS 6.0 powered set top box with support for HDR video and a Bluetooth remote with voice command. The Mi Box is in fact the recipient of the Reddot and Good Design Award. The US version of the Mi Box comes with a Google Cast feature that lets you cast photos, videos, screenshots from your smartphone, laptop and computer to the TV. That aside, Mi Box also recommends videos based on your YouTube and Google Play preferences, thereby providing you a complete viewing experience. In terms of specs the smart set-top box is powered by a quad core Cortex-A53 CPU coupled with Mali 450 GPU and 2GB RAM. Apart from that it comes with 8GB of internal memory and allows for further memory expansion via an external hard drive/flash drive.
The exact launch date of the Xiaomi Mi Box isn’t known as of yet, but it is expected to go on sale in US by the middle of next month. As for pricing, Xiaomi is expected to mark it below $99 (Rs 6,500 approx). The original Mi Box powered by MIUI retails for around $75 via third party retailers in China. That said, the Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV OS is reported to go on sale internationally soon after the US launch.