Android TV still lags behind Apple's set-top box, but now Xiaomi has a new Android offering: the Mi Box.
(CCM) — Ahead of Google I/O, former Google exec and Xiaomi's Global Vice President Hugo Barra announced that his company would be partnering with Google on a new project. Barra tweeted this announcement with a "sneak peek" design sketch of the upcoming device. At the event, Xiaomi unveiled the new Mi Box. This set-top box has been designed to launch in the U.S. and features Xiaomi's award-winning set-top box design. The new Mi Box is powered by Android TV 6.0, can support 4K at 60fps, and packs a quad-core ARM Processor, a Mali 450 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via USB. The Mi Box comes with Google Cast support built in, and its remote supports Bluetooth and voice recognition technology. Xiaomi will also offer a Mi Game Controller for Android games on the Mi Box and other compatible Android devices. Pricing has yet to be determined for the U.S.-bound set-top box.
This is not Xiaomi's first set-top box, but the new Mi Box is the first to run Android TV. Xiaomi's previous TV offerings, which were only available overseas, ran the company's in-house MIUI. In China, Xiaomi offers three versions of the set-top box: the Mi Box mini, Mi Box standard, and Mi Box enhanced. These devices are priced at 199 yuan ($30), 299 yuan ($46), and 399 yuan ($61), respectively. It is unclear if Xiaomi's new set-top box will have similar pricing when it launches in the U.S., though the company is expected to reveal more details on the device soon.
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