Xiaomi’s Mi Box: overview of media player with Android TV, torrents and online movies

In November, Xiaomi has released the first major firmware update for the Mi Box’s media player that runs Android TV. What are the pros and cons has this model and what is new?

One of the main updates for the American market – is a new app for Amazon Prime Video. For Ukraine will be interested in other updates, in particular to support video via the USB input, new menu design and volume changes, and improved speed and interface.

Interesting

The remote control of Xiaomi’s Mi Box works via Bluetooth, it is convenient and allows you to control devices without line of sight and at a distance. It has pre-programmed buttons for Netflix and Live channels. To reconfigure these buttons is impossible.

Xiaomi Mi Box S: обзор медиаплеера с Android-TV, торрентами и онлайн-фильмами

Xiaomi Mi Box S: обзор медиаплеера с Android-TV, торрентами и онлайн-фильмами

Xiaomi’s Mi Box has a button programmed for Netflix and Live channels

The device has 2 GB of RAM, enough for smooth and fast operation interface and main programs. Built-in memory is 8 GB, of which 3 is the system. To expand the internal memory allows you external drive which can connect via USB. The entrance has a version 2.0, which is not enough for movies in 4K.

Xiaomi Mi Box S can be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, login to RJ45 cable is not provided. The question of the connection cable solves the USB hub with a mains input, which can be purchased separately.

Xiaomi Mi Box S: обзор медиаплеера с Android-TV, торрентами и онлайн-фильмами

Xiaomi Mi Box S: обзор медиаплеера с Android-TV, торрентами и онлайн-фильмами

The Xiaomi Mi Box S can easily run streamingby service

The device allows you to download apps from Google Play Market or manually from other sources. This is done by a simple resolution in the settings via the file editor and cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive. At Mi-Box’s can easily run streamingby service with movies or signature.

Technical characteristics Xiaomi Mi Box S

 

  • Processor4-core Cortex-A53 (64bit)
  • Operating systemAndroid 8.1
  • MemoryPrompt: 2 GB
    Built-in: 8GB
  • Wi-Fi SupportIs

Advantages

Among the advantages of the model are worth mentioning:

  • Reasonable price;
  • Support for 4K video;
  • Compact size;
  • Minimalistic design;
  • A reliable connection to Wi-Fi;
  • Bluetooth remote;
  • USB output for external ROM or connection to the hub;
  • Voice control with support of the Ukrainian language.

Disadvantages

What would I have reacted to the shortcomings of the media player:

  • Slow and awkward virtual keyboard (suggest to try voice search);
  • The lack of support for SD cards;
  • Only one USB input 2.0 (I was waiting for 3.0);
  • Internet connection over wi-fi only (no input for a network cable)

So, we have a quick and inexpensive media player that works equally well as a YouTube and torrent or streamingmovie services.

Price in Ukraine

In Ukraine Xiaomi’s Mi Box is 1400 – 2300 hryvnia, depending on the retailer.

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