Xiaomi Mi Box, the latest streaming box that runs official Android TV, is expected to be officially released on October 10th. The device began unexpectedly appearing on Walmart shelves last week ahead of its official release date, which has not been announced yet. An AFTVnews reader has informed me that Walmart’s checkout registers have been updated to not allow the device to be purchased until October 10th, so it seems that may be the official release date.
At just $69, the Mi Box is primed to give the Fire TV a run for its money, especially if Amazon decides not to release a Fire TV 3 this year. Google is holding a press event tomorrow where they’re expected to talk a lot about hardware. Hopefully they at least acknowledge Android TV’s existence during the event, because it has been mostly neglected this year. I’ll be covering all the TV related news, including new Chromecast news, coming out of tomorrow’s event, so stay tuned. At the request of many of you, I plan to cover Android TV more thoroughly in the future, starting with the Mi Box which I plan to buy, so let me know in the comments what you’d like to see from me in regards to Android TV and the Mi Box.
Looks the the Mi Box just became available on Xiaomi’s website and the Oct. 10 date may be the release for 3rd-party retailers.