The new 4K capable Chromecast Ultra, expected to be announced on October 4th at Google’s upcoming ress event, will allegedly cost $69, according to a report by Android Police. If accurate, that’s a pretty hefty price for a device that doesn’t include a remote or a TV interface. That’s especially high considering we’ve just learned the Xiaomi Mi Box, the newest 4K capable Android TV box, will also cost $69 and can do so much more, including function as a Google Cast/Chromecast receiver. The Chromecast Ultra, which still may not be the device’s final name, will reportedly also have HDR support. Android Police is also reporting that Google Home, Google’s upcoming competitor to the Amazon Echo, will cost $129.
Xiaomi’s 4K capable Android TV Mi Box has made its way to Walmart store shelves ahead of its scheduled release date. The most surprising thing is the previously unknown price. At just $69, it’s now the least expensive 4K streaming box running an official version of Android TV. The Mi Box was announced at Google I/O earlier this year as the 4th member of the Android TV family of devices, but really it’s the only one you should be considering other than the NVIDIA Shield TV, since the Forge TV and Nexus Player are dead in the water. The Mi Box features a quad-core 2Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. One of its biggest advantages over the Fire TV 2, other than the lower price and HDR support, is its ability to play 4K UHD UltraViolet content through a VUDU app. Huge thanks to Trent for the heads up and for providing the above images!