Xiaomi Fire TV Smart TV continues the cookie-cutter trend of having the same internal specs as all other Fire TVs since 2020

After it was revealed that Hisense’s first Fire TV Smart TV had the same specs as every other 4K Fire TV Smart TV from the last two years, I didn’t have much hope for Xiaomi’s first Fire TV Smart TV to be any different. Sure enough, the specs of the Xiaomi F2 Series Fire TV Smart TVs, which were published this morning, are identical to the 2020 Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia. Under the hood is the same MediaTek MTK T31 Cortex-A55 quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, Mali-G52 MP1 GPU running at 504 MHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11ac WiFi 5 as all 4K Fire TV Smart TVs released since 2020, regardless of manufacturer. Read more ›

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Xiaomi releases Mi Box 4S Max in China with 64GB of drool-worthy internal storage

Xiaomi is continuing to iterate on its Mi Box lineup and has recently released the latest version, the Mi Box 4S Max, in China, via 9to5Google and APCTV. While the outside looks the same as past models, the inside has been upgraded with 4GB of RAM and a hefty 64GB of internal storage. It’s powered by an Amlogic S905X3 quad-core CPU at 1.5GHz and Mali-G31 MP2 GPU. While it does not have AV1 codec support, it is capable of playing 8K video. Xiaomi lists the Mi Box 4S Max on its site for 499¥, which is about $75. Before thinking that’s a steal of a price and wanting to import one in, it surely doesn’t have the necessary credentials to watch Netflix, Prime Video, or other western streaming services. Xiaomi has made global versions of its Mi Box devices in the past, but there is no word on whether this variant will be available outside of China.

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Xiaomi releases its first 4K Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs to the UK in 43″, 50″, and 55″ sizes

Xiaomi joins Hisense by crossing Google’s line with the release of its first Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs. The Xiaomi F2 Series Fire TVs are a set of 4K LED LCD TVs in 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes for the UK market. While these TVs have a few premium features, like support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), they are primarily going up against budget TVs and are a welcomed addition to the Fire TV lineup. Read more ›

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Android TV News Roundup: Shield TV update leaks, New budget 4K Google TV streaming sticks, easier BT headphone pairing, and more

Over the past few weeks, there have been a few noteworthy new announcements and devices for Android TV and Google TV. Nvidia’s Android TV 11 update for the shield TV seems imminent. There are several new budget 4K streaming sticks and dongles, all using basically identical specs, about to be released. Google will be making Bluetooth headphone pairing a lot easier for a subset of streamers and headphones. Read on for a quick roundup of notable news regarding Google’s streaming platform. Read more ›

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Xiaomi launches Mi Box 4S Pro with 8K video support in China

Xiaomi has announced the Mi Box 4S Pro as their latest streaming media player. While it’s currently only available in China and, according to Android Authority, they “have no global [release] plans to share at the moment,” the device is significant in that it’s their first one capable of 8K video playback. Read more ›

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Xiaomi updates their Android TV Mi Box with new remote and Google Assistant

In the sadly neglected world of Android TV, the NVIDIA Shield TV remains the only impressive option for a set-top box running Google’s television operating system, but its daunting price is looking more and more antiquated as Amazon and Roku have lowered the 4K HDR media player entry point to below $50. Xiaomi is hoping to appeal to those looking for a more affordable Android TV media player with their slightly refreshed Mi Box S. Read more ›

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What do you want to know about the Xiaomi Mi Box and Roku Express?

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As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, I’ve been thinking of covering streaming media boxes other than the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a little more frequently than I have in the past, so I picked up a Xiaomi Mi Box and a Roku Express. I selected these two devices because I consider them to potentially be the best competitors to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, respectively. The Mi Box seems to have a decent set of specs and features without breaking the bank, which is a category the Fire TV dominates, and the Roku Express is a super cheap media streamer, which is a category the Fire TV Stick dominates. Covering these devices in relation to Fire TV devices is new territory for me, so I’m asking for your help and suggestions on what you’d like to see from me regarding non-Fire TV streaming devices. Read more ›

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Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV expected to officialy be released October 10th

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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. Read more ›

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Xiaomi Mi Box shows up on Walmart shelves for $69 prior to official release

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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!

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Xiaomi to release updated Mi Box in the US as an official 4K Android TV box

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Xiaomi has announced that they’ll be bringing an updated version of their Mi Box settop box to US customers later this year. The updated device will be similar to their current model, but most importantly will now run Android TV, making it the fourth official Android TV settop box to be released. The new Mi Box will feature 4K video support at 60fps through an HDMI 2.0a port. It will also be capable of HDR, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS surround sound. The box will come with a Bluetooth voice remote, while an optional game controller, which appears to be identical to their existing game controller, will be sold separately. Read more ›

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