Vatsal Impex, the official distributor of Xiaomi products in Nepal has launched the Mi Box. It is an Android TV Set top box with which you can stream video or TV services from the internet. Basically, Mi Box is an android device which you can plug into your TV and have most of the features of Android phone there. As an Android TV, it also comes with the Google Play Store but there are only handful of apps supported by the Android TV OS.
Mi Box comes pre-installed with a lot of streaming apps for TV and Radio, like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, RedBull TV, HBO Now, VLC player, YouTube and much more but some of these apps might have Geo Restrictions. You can install the NetTV app and enjoy Nepali TV shows. The best part about this device is that it can stream 4K content at 60fps. You can also directly connect a USB drive into the Mi Box and play audio/video or sideload Android Apks. With Google Cast available we can directly cast the contents of our phone or tablet into the TV screen. Mi Box supports both Dolby Digital Plus and DTS multichannel HD audio encoding for smoother, dynamic, immersive and more realistic stereo surround sound.
We shouldn’t undertake it just as a normal set top box. With Android powering it, you can have multiple uses of it, like play Android games, use social media apps, play movies, and other stuff plus everything on a big screen looks pretty cool!
For controlling the TV you are provided with a Bluetooth remote which is powered by AAA battery so no need to worry about charging anything. The remote is pretty straight forward with power button, back, home, Circular navigation pad and a Google Voice control button. If you need to search for any content you can just press the voice button and speak, easy as that!
Powering the Mi Box is an Amlogic Quadcore 64 bit processor clocked at 2.0Ghz and is coupled with 2GB of RAM. Regular Android apps will run easily with the given configuration but if you want to play heavy games on it, you’ll be either restricted by the lag or lack of Mi controller OR the limited storage of 8GB. With only 8GB on board, you are confined with few basic apps only. Mi Box is running Android TV 6.0 and the aesthetics of the device is quite small measuring 101 x 101 x 19.5mm and weighs 177grams. The matte finish of the device blends it nice with any living room.
It might sound uncanny to stream TV via the internet as most of our internet connection is pretty slow. But for those even with the high bandwidth are restricted by the limited data package. For now, it seems like a luxury for those who have an unlimited high-speed connection. And the Mi Box itself doesn’t come cheap, it is priced at Rs.11,999.