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.
Xiaomi’s Mi Box line has been relatively well received in the US and other regions, starting first with their original Mi Box and followed up by its refreshed version, the Mi Box S. Prior to the release of the 2020 Chromecast with Google TV and Tivo Stream 4K, the Mi Box line was one of the few ways to get an inexpensive device running the official version of Android TV. More recently, Xiaomi released the 1080p Mi TV Stick to less favorable reviews.
Xiaomi has released several variants of their newer Mi Box 4 line, all of which have not been available in the US, but none have been as interesting as this new Mi Box 4S Pro, thanks to the device’s 8K video support through its HDMI 2.1 port. Not much is known about the device’s other specs, but we do know it has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It runs MIUI, Xiaomi’s own fork of Android, but, should it eventually be released outside of China, I’d expect it to run Android TV.
Most surprising is the Mi Box 4S Pro’s inexpensive price of 399 yuan, which is about $60. That price is only 100 yuan, or about $15, more than the similar 4K-only Mi Box 4S. While 8K TVs are just starting to hit the market and we’re likely still far from 8K content being commonly available, it’s interesting to see that supporting the next generation of video resolution on a streaming media player isn’t going to break the bank.