Xiaomi has introduced a new generation of its set-top box “Mi Box”. This comprises two variants: The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and the Xiaomi Mi Box 4C. The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 comes in white and has an unnamed Amlogic Quad Core processor based on four 1.5GHz Cortex A53 cores and a Mali 450 GPU with 5 cores. The operating system used is Android with its own interface. An integrated artificial intelligence captures the user’s viewing habits and uses the information to suggest suitable content, taking into account evaluations of the content.
The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 supports the playback of 4k HDR content, although Xiaomi does not indicate on its website which HDR standards are supported. Connection to the home network is via b/g/n-WLAN and Bluetooth 4.1 EDR. Only available in black, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4c does not support Bluetooth and comes with only 1GB instead of 2GB RAM. The internal memory of the Mi Box 4 is 8GB for both versions. Available connectors include HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 and 3.5mm jack with hybrid audio and composite video output.
Due to the spartan equipment, both the Mi Box 4 and the Mi Box 4c are reasonably priced. In China the Mi Box 4 costs about 44€, the Mi Box 4c only about 32€. Nevertheless, however, importing them is unlikely to pay off. Not only the equipment is uninteresting for most people, but also the operating system, which is only available in Chinese, is an obstacle.