Xiaomi Mi Box S bringing Android TV to United States buyers for $60

Google Android TV comes to new 4K HDR Xiaomi Mi Box S for $60

At a Google event on Tuesday, Xiaomi announced that it would soon begin selling Mi Box S in the United States.

The Xiaomi Mi Box S has been listed on the Chinese company's website for a while now, but it wasn't until the Made By Google event that we got U.S. release confirmation for the streaming box. Interestingly, the remote control accompanying the Mi Box S is where most of the obvious design changes can be found. Walmart's shipping estimate has already slipped from October 16 to November 3.

The major highlight of the Xiaomi Mi Box S is the fact that it can stream 4K HDR content on streaming services like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. The Mi Box S also comes with a new remote.

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The set-top box runs Android TV 8.1, so it has the new channel-based launcher that came in Oreo. Along with the formal introduction, Xiaomi and Google confirmed the Mi Box S is coming to the U.S., and is actually available to pre-order starting today ahead of its scheduled October 19 launch date. The device does support video playback from external storage devices like hard discs and pen-drives. Inside, the Mi Box S is nearly identical to the original Mi Box thanks to a core combination of 2GB RAM, 8GB storage, and an Amlogic S905X quad-core SoC. Just like the Mi Box, you can also connect a supported gamepad and play games on the big screen.

Regarding connectivity, the device supports dual-band Wi-Fi (both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) with Bluetooth 4.2. This streaming gadget joins the slim Xiaomi US portfolio that previously consists of the Mi Power Bank Pro 10000mAh; a few Mi Headphones; the Mi Bluetooth Speaker; a home security camera, action camera, and Mi Sphere Camera, as well as certain lifestyle products.

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