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Xiaomi Mi TV Android TV Box (not standard Android) £63.25 Gearbest

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This is the best deal yet in the UK for the brand new Xiaomi Android TV Box. This is the cheapest properly supported 4K Android TV box you can buy, a new release in the USA for $69.99 and proving very… Read More
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7m, 4d agoFound 7 months, 4 days ago
This is the best deal yet in the UK for the brand new Xiaomi Android TV Box. This is the cheapest properly supported 4K Android TV box you can buy, a new release in the USA for $69.99 and proving very popular. It is ideal for Kodi as well as most Android TV apps, it is like a slightly cut down version of the Nvidia Shield which many feel is the best box you can currently buy.

EDIT - Lots of people seem to think this is just a standard Android box, it is not, there is a BIG difference between Android and Android TV so here is a bit more info.

Things this box supports/comes with that a £30-£40 "matching spec" Android box from china won't:

1. Uses Android TV, this includes integrated Googlecast functionality so you can send stuff from your phone, voice search and defaults to apps designed for a remote control rather than often using apps designed for phone.

2. As this is a MAJOR release Android box (the first official Android TV device since the Shield) it is VERY likely to get some support and updates.

3. It properly supports Ultra 4K at 60 FPS and with HDR, from services like Netflix and Youtube straight from their official apps. Most Android boxes don't pass the security rights for this so you can only watch ripped content rather than paid options.

4. As well as supporting voice search it comes with a good quality bluetooth remote with a microphone for voice capability. If you use Kodi you can get voice search on this by switching to the Android specific fork called SPMC.

TO BUY AT THE BEST RATE YOU NEED TO DO AS FOLLOWS

If you use Quidco to open the Gearbest site you will get a further 11% cashback on purchases from there, obviously other cashback sites and failed cashback are both possible.

Click through your chosen site (NOT THE GET DEAL LINK HERE), search "Original Xiaomi Mi Android" and add that to your basket at £87.19, it will automatically drop as on a Flash Sale at £71.10. Then use code GBMIBOX to bring it down to £63.15 delivered, if the cashback comes they will give you another roughly £7 back too.

Go quick as I am not convinced the two discounts are meant to overlap and the Flash Sale won't last. Can't wait for mine to arrive for the bedroom.
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7m, 4d agoFound 7 months, 4 days ago
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#1
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?

Edited By: ccwjames on Nov 17, 2016 13:21
#2
Hi mate just just a quick question. What are the frexibilin t95x mini tv boxes with 2gb ram like? Are they ok for £29 from Amazon?
1 Like #3
cheaper on aliexpress
#4
ccwjames
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?

I had this discussion not too long ago. If all is correct, it's simply running an S905 chip, meaning it's exactly the same as the cheaper boxes for around £20 - even S912 3GB boxes go around this price.

The only benefit to this box is the official Android TV software rather than the Android roms that the cheaper boxes come with and isn't worth the extra or premium.
1 Like #5
I think it's a deal for that particular product. I have the Mini M8S TV Box and while it's ok, it's not great. The UI (even with a new launcher) and the remote are fiddly. I've taken a punt on the Mi Box in the hope that a proper Android TV UI will compensate for lower specs. I also want normal people to be able to use it!

Should also point out that this has Chromecast built in which is an added bonus.


Edited By: thegorilla on Nov 17, 2016 13:32
2 Likes #6
This is about getting a fully supported Android TV box rather than any old android box. I have a shield myself and thought I would be ok buying S905 based Mini M8S for another room. Sadly it is cack compared to the Shield, the difference with android TV, a good Bluetooth voice search remote and proper support is massive. This is a closer comparison to an Amazon Fire TV or a Shield than anything else, I believe the specs are a 2gb s905x with 8gb storage, which is fine. You can get similar for less, but it will be poor quality manufacturing and coding of the OS by comparison.
#7
Ive got one of this for 1.5 years now and it is highly recommended consider it uses Official android software. Down thing is that it mostly in Chinese but there are lots of English forums support
#8
This is still brand new model made for the American market. If doesn't help that Xiaomi call them all the same name. All in English
#9
Are customs not going to charge VAT?
3 Likes #10
M0nk3h
ccwjames
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?
I had this discussion not too long ago. If all is correct, it's simply running an S905 chip, meaning it's exactly the same as the cheaper boxes for around £20 - even S912 3GB boxes go around this price.
The only benefit to this box is the official Android TV software rather than the Android roms that the cheaper boxes come with and isn't worth the extra or premium.

Official Android TV is not worth the extra Premium? This can run official apps like Netflix in 4K/Youtube 4K which other cheap android boxs could only ever dream off. Other boxs may be capable of playing 4K but apart from pushing something else onto the device etc etc how exactly are they going to get a 4K source to play with no Netflix 4K or similar? Off course with a VPN it becomes even more useful with a plethora of American TV 4K apps which are certified to run on the OS.

Onto a big pain point regarding this box although. It has been getting terrible slated reviews for buggy firmware and DTS/Dolby passthrough issues,AC3 issues on plex so far Xiaomi have not reacted quickly to any of the well documented issues and Xiaomi being themselves are more than likely to ruin what could have been a great product but not bug fixing.

Personally I'll stick with my Shield :) As a device used everyday, personally I see no issue in paying the premium for it. (Only cost me £85 on Prime Day)



Edited By: cecilmcroberts on Nov 17, 2016 21:04
#11
cecilmcroberts
M0nk3h
ccwjames
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?
I had this discussion not too long ago. If all is correct, it's simply running an S905 chip, meaning it's exactly the same as the cheaper boxes for around £20 - even S912 3GB boxes go around this price.
The only benefit to this box is the official Android TV software rather than the Android roms that the cheaper boxes come with and isn't worth the extra or premium.
Official Android TV is not worth the extra Premium? This can run official apps like Netflix in 4K/Youtube 4K which other cheap android boxs could only ever dream off. Other boxs may be capable of playing 4K but apart from pushing something else onto the device etc etc how exactly are they going to get a 4K source to play with no Netflix 4K or similar? Off course with a VPN it becomes even more useful with a plethora of American TV 4K apps which are certified to run on the OS.
Onto a big pain point regarding this box although. It has been getting terrible slated reviews for buggy firmware and DTS/Dolby passthrough issues,AC3 issues on plex so far Xiaomi have not reacted quickly to any of the well documented issues and Xiaomi being themselves are more than likely to ruin what could have been a great product but not bug fixing.
Personally I'll stick with my Shield :) As a device used everyday, personally I see no issue in paying the premium for it. (Only cost me £85 on Prime Day)

AC3 issues on plex. I'm sorry but that is a deal breaker for me.......I'm out.
#12
cecilmcroberts
M0nk3h
ccwjames
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?
I had this discussion not too long ago. If all is correct, it's simply running an S905 chip, meaning it's exactly the same as the cheaper boxes for around £20 - even S912 3GB boxes go around this price.
The only benefit to this box is the official Android TV software rather than the Android roms that the cheaper boxes come with and isn't worth the extra or premium.
Official Android TV is not worth the extra Premium? This can run official apps like Netflix in 4K/Youtube 4K which other cheap android boxs could only ever dream off. Other boxs may be capable of playing 4K but apart from pushing something else onto the device etc etc how exactly are they going to get a 4K source to play with no Netflix 4K or similar? Off course with a VPN it becomes even more useful with a plethora of American TV 4K apps which are certified to run on the OS.
Onto a big pain point regarding this box although. It has been getting terrible slated reviews for buggy firmware and DTS/Dolby passthrough issues,AC3 issues on plex so far Xiaomi have not reacted quickly to any of the well documented issues and Xiaomi being themselves are more than likely to ruin what could have been a great product but not bug fixing.
Personally I'll stick with my Shield :) As a device used everyday, personally I see no issue in paying the premium for it. (Only cost me £85 on Prime Day)

I got my Shield for about a ton, should have bought another on Prime day as it has just gone up and up since. This is going in the bedroom for me so hopefully the surround sound output issues won't be a problem. It hasn't been out very long so hopefully they are just making sure the new firmware is a good un :-)
#13
sibeer
cecilmcroberts
M0nk3h
ccwjames
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?
I had this discussion not too long ago. If all is correct, it's simply running an S905 chip, meaning it's exactly the same as the cheaper boxes for around £20 - even S912 3GB boxes go around this price.
The only benefit to this box is the official Android TV software rather than the Android roms that the cheaper boxes come with and isn't worth the extra or premium.
Official Android TV is not worth the extra Premium? This can run official apps like Netflix in 4K/Youtube 4K which other cheap android boxs could only ever dream off. Other boxs may be capable of playing 4K but apart from pushing something else onto the device etc etc how exactly are they going to get a 4K source to play with no Netflix 4K or similar? Off course with a VPN it becomes even more useful with a plethora of American TV 4K apps which are certified to run on the OS.
Onto a big pain point regarding this box although. It has been getting terrible slated reviews for buggy firmware and DTS/Dolby passthrough issues,AC3 issues on plex so far Xiaomi have not reacted quickly to any of the well documented issues and Xiaomi being themselves are more than likely to ruin what could have been a great product but not bug fixing.
Personally I'll stick with my Shield :) As a device used everyday, personally I see no issue in paying the premium for it. (Only cost me £85 on Prime Day)
I got my Shield for about a ton, should have bought another on Prime day as it has just gone up and up since. This is going in the bedroom for me so hopefully the surround sound output issues won't be a problem. It hasn't been out very long so hopefully they are just making sure the new firmware is a good un :-)

Yeah think it was £100 but then I jumped through those other hoops of the Audible Trial £10 credit, the gift card credit (bought and applied to own account to buy the shield lol) and think there was another £5 from something else at the time maybe! Personally at this price point I'd stick to buying an AFTV2 which at least you know will be supported. Don't get me wrong I think the Mi Box really does has it's place but I'd wait and see still the lack of firmware update is a bit worrying and Xiaomi always not had a good history with firmware releases. If it was between this and some random generic clone box running some skinned version of Android on patchy firmware, with pre-installed apps/addons from dear knows what source, possible spyware and that has zero support (S912 Chipsets running on Android 6.0 comes to mind!) no contest.
#14
VincentGO
Ive got one of this for 1.5 years now and it is highly recommended consider it uses Official android software. Down thing is that it mostly in Chinese but there are lots of English forums support


i don't think you'd had this box fit the last 1.5 years as it's only been out a few months.
#15
roadie
Are customs not going to charge VAT?

Yes, you need to factor in custom duty when you buy this device or any device over the prescribed limit which I think is around £15 ( you need to check). Its even more important to do so if your going to use DHL or similar carrier as they will charge you an additional fee if you have pay duty.

Whilst I'm not an expert on such boxes, I'm not convinced that this would be any better than other devices already on the market and ccwjames I agree with you too.

Finally, if you do decide to purchase this device, immediately on receipt, check to see if its a genuine Xiaomi product via their website. Just a heads up.
#16
bought this a few weeks back... awesome box, got spmc on it and it flies compared to my rasp pi's.

4K runs fine too...

only drawback is no ethernet port! you can use a usb ethernet adapter but also no USB3...

Edited By: adyer on Nov 27, 2016 20:39
#17
https://www.thesolutionshop.co.uk/product/mi-box/

i bought it from the above site, seems to be a lower price than i paid! but slightly more than gearbest (The site has already imported them from the US so no customs to be paid)
1 Like #18
ccwjames
as someone who has brought and sold kodi boxes,I dont rate the box. The boxes i brought that have been revamped as bee boxes, run true 4k via a 2.0 or 2.2 hdmi lead and cost me under £45 delivered . Your post has only 8gb on board flash space, mine has 16gb.a53 chip? but is it s805? s812? s905?
*Bought
#19
adyer
bought this a few weeks back... awesome box, got spmc on it and it flies compared to my rasp pi's.
4K runs fine too...
only drawback is no ethernet port! you can use a usb ethernet adapter but also no USB3...
Without the dongle (and more price) i reckon it would struggle with 4k.
#20
adyer
https://www.thesolutionshop.co.uk/product/mi-box/

i bought it from the above site, seems to be a lower price than i paid! but slightly more than gearbest (The site has already imported them from the US so no customs to be paid)


ive been playing 4k's fine through wifi... only 1 slightly struggled but that also had DTS-HD audio...

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