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Xiaomi Mi Box - 4K Official Android TV box £64.73 @ Ali Express
Xiaomi Mi Box - 4K Official Android TV box £64.73 @ Ali Express

Xiaomi Mi Box - 4K Official Android TV box £64.73 @ Ali Express

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Specs & info:
4K 60fps & HDR
Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
RAM: 2GB - Storage: 8GB + Expandable storage via USB
WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0
Google Cast ™ built in
Dolby Digital Plus and DTS support
Android TV 6.0
Bluetooth Voice Remote included

More: mi.com/en/…ox/

24 Comments

Surely you could buy a 3GB S912 box for this price?

Original Poster

M0nk3h

Surely you could buy a 3GB S912 box for this price?



This an Official Android TV box and use better components than those cheapo android boxes

No idea if this can be bought cheaper, but it is an Android TV box with similar specs AFAIK to the Shield TV.

If i did not have a Shield TV, i would definitely be tempted. Voted Hot

Original Poster

Atheos

No idea if this can be bought cheaper, but it is an Android TV box with … No idea if this can be bought cheaper, but it is an Android TV box with similar specs AFAIK to the Shield TV.If i did not have a Shield TV, i would definitely be tempted. Voted Hot



Exactly, I have the Shield TV for the living room, and this is perfect for bedrooms with smooth Kodi and movie apps.

I managed to find it for £58 earlier
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Official-International-Version-for-XIAOMI-4K-Mi-Box-H-265-Android-6-0-TV-BOX/32763245427.html
It's cheaper through the app, and make sure to add coupons
Edited by: "RSwaffs" 11th Nov 2016

Deeco

This an Official Android TV box and use better components than those … This an Official Android TV box and use better components than those cheapo android boxes



I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even be an Amlogic S905 underneath, meaning it would be the same as the "cheapo android boxes".

Providing it's the same as this xiaomidevice.com/xia…tml, then it will be the same.

Apart from guaranteed updates, the voice remote and running official Android TV software, this is no different to the other boxes and mainly overpriced in comparison.

As I say, you can buy a S912 box for the same price with 3GB RAM and possibly 16GB Storage.
Edited by: "M0nk3h" 11th Nov 2016

M0nk3h

I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even … I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even be an Amlogic S905 underneath, meaning it would be the same as the "cheapo android boxes".Providing it's the same as this http://www.xiaomidevice.com/xiaomi-mi-box-3rd.html, then it will be the same.Apart from guaranteed updates, the voice remote and running official Android TV software, this is no different to the other boxes and mainly overpriced in comparison.As I say, you can buy a S912 box for the same price with 3GB RAM and possibly 16GB Storage.



​processor is a quad core cortex a53 2.0ghz....how that compares I've no idea...

Original Poster

M0nk3h

I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even … I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even be an Amlogic S905 underneath, meaning it would be the same as the "cheapo android boxes".Providing it's the same as this http://www.xiaomidevice.com/xiaomi-mi-box-3rd.html, then it will be the same.Apart from guaranteed updates, the voice remote and running official Android TV software, this is no different to the other boxes and mainly overpriced in comparison.As I say, you can buy a S912 box for the same price with 3GB RAM and possibly 16GB Storage.



Please provide me with an S912 box with same specs...

bintasaurus

​processor is a quad core cortex a53 2.0ghz....how that compares I've no i … ​processor is a quad core cortex a53 2.0ghz....how that compares I've no idea...



...the s905 is a Cortex a53 based CPU.

Deeco

Please provide me with an S912 box with same specs...



The S912 is an octa-core CPU, in comparison to the S905 there's an increase. Both also include ethernet ports.

gearbest.com/tv-…tml (2gb/32gb ROM)
gearbest.com/tv-…tml (2gb/16GB ROM)

Even an s905 (clocked at 2.02ghz) box with 2GB/16GB/1Gb Ethernet configuration:

gearbest.com/tv-…tml

Original Poster

M0nk3h

...the s905 is a Cortex a53 based CPU.The S912 is an octa-core CPU, in … ...the s905 is a Cortex a53 based CPU.The S912 is an octa-core CPU, in comparison to the S905 there's an increase. Both also include ethernet ports.http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_487804.html (2gb/32gb ROM)http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_443592.html (2gb/16GB ROM)Even an s905 (clocked at 2.02ghz) box with 2GB/16GB/1Gb Ethernet configuration:http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_349813.html



Can I ask why would go with an Android box over a Mi Box other than well it's basically the same components?

Deeco

Can I ask why would go with an Android box over a Mi Box other than well … Can I ask why would go with an Android box over a Mi Box other than well it's basically the same components?



Both are Android based boxes and run Android.

have you ever looks at the solder joints on a cheap Android box? I'm surprised they make the trip from China in tact.

Original Poster

M0nk3h

Both are Android based boxes and run Android.



Ones designed for touch the other for TV. Despite the so called 'similar specs', quality control is a different story.
Also, they can both run Android apps, but one of them has apps optimized for handheld remotes and the other doesn't.

Edited by: "Deeco" 11th Nov 2016

Android tv is a million times nicer to use than bog standard android on a tv box, not even comparable, the one reason I love my Nexus player!

Yeah, Android tv is a slightly different beast than the 'phone style' android found on most cheap Android boxes, not sure it's worth the premium though, even though I'm usually a xiaomi fan..

Don't forget that this will also be supported by Google/xiaomi with software updates whereas these Chinese boxes, with similar specs, are nowhere near as well supported. I'd also be wary of signing into apps on these Chinese boxes, you've no idea what viruses lurk on them.i don't trust any of them with my Google account!

Deeco

Ones designed for touch the other for TV. Despite the so called 'similar … Ones designed for touch the other for TV. Despite the so called 'similar specs', quality control is a different story.Also, they can both run Android apps, but one of them has apps optimized for handheld remotes and the other doesn't.



Both use optimised launchers for remote controls - the launcher on my Beelink is fine with a remote. They are the same specs, not too sure why this is such a doubt. Both run Android apps, Android will handle the way the input works.

As Nutt says, Android TV maybe far superior but it's not really worth the extra price when they both do the same thing.

JAMAL

Android tv is a million times nicer to use than bog standard android on a … Android tv is a million times nicer to use than bog standard android on a tv box, not even comparable, the one reason I love my Nexus player!




For a box that does the same thing isn't really worth the extra.

redduck

Don't forget that this will also be supported by Google/xiaomi with … Don't forget that this will also be supported by Google/xiaomi with software updates whereas these Chinese boxes, with similar specs, are nowhere near as well supported. I'd also be wary of signing into apps on these Chinese boxes, you've no idea what viruses lurk on them.i don't trust any of them with my Google account!



Before they drop support which is probably true within 18months or so. And there isn't any Malware, Beelink and the above are well regarded. If in doubt, which you have no reason to be, just have a fresh account?

Android boxes are good for kodi but a poor experience otherwise, the integration of things like youtube and Spotify for example on android tv are great with new videos or albums coming up on the launcher etc..

Does this have a ethernet port? Description saying it does but pictures saying it doesn't.
Iv always hard wired my boxes rather than wireless, will it make a difference?

No ethernet, which is unfortunately why it's not a consideration here.

£50-£60 elsewhere..

M0nk3h

I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even … I wouldn't exactly say "better" components - looking at it, it may even be an Amlogic S905 underneath, meaning it would be the same as the "cheapo android boxes".Providing it's the same as this http://www.xiaomidevice.com/xiaomi-mi-box-3rd.html, then it will be the same.Apart from guaranteed updates, the voice remote and running official Android TV software, this is no different to the other boxes and mainly overpriced in comparison.As I say, you can buy a S912 box for the same price with 3GB RAM and possibly 16GB Storage.



Bit late to this, and looks like I haven't missed the deal. But I thought I'd add this to the discussion:

Assuming it's the same 4K box as this: mi.com/en/…ox/ the big selling point for me over a cheap S9xx box isn't necessarily the build quality or Android version, but the fact that it has full Google Cast support. So I get the benefit of cast support (which my existing S9xx box doesn't have) that you'd have to pay £25ish for in a Google Chromecast 2, or (and I can't confirm 4K casting is a thing with this box) £65ish for the 4K Google Chromecast Ultra.

My only issue when ordering from China is whether you actually get what you think you've ordered... for example, this version of the Mi Box is 4k and looks identical to the newer box running Androif TV 6.0, but is Android 4.4, has a lower spec, and doesn't support Google Cast:
http://www.xiaomidevice.com/xiaomi-mi-box-4k-tv-box-s802-quad-core-2gb-android-4-4-bluetooth-4-0.html

As far as I can tell, Xaomi aren't selling the new box on their website yet?

spammy

No ethernet, which is unfortunately why it's not a consideration here.


The USB 2.0 at the back supports USB to Ethernet adapters, but then you're robbed of the USB 2.0 port, which may be another reason to exclude it.

That's actually really useful to know, thanks. I'm not sure usb2 would suffice, and adds to the cost, but a decent solution.
Edited by: "spammy" 14th Nov 2016
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