New Xiaomi Mi Box Features Google Assistant, Android Oreo & Low Price

A promotional image of the Xiaomi Mi Box S in front of a flat screen television

Today Google aims to close the price gap a bit by building Android TV into a new device.

It's Android TV, so you pretty much know what to expect, and it ships with Android TV 8.1 Oreo so you're getting the new interface all the latest features like Google Assistant integration and that incredibly convenient Play Next feature.

Android TV is taking another stab at the living room.

The design of the box is not the only new thing.

The Mi Box S delivers 4K and HDR video (HDR10, not Dolby Vision) from compatible services.

As far as hardware, the Mi Box S has an unspecified Cortex A53-based processor, a Mali 450 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 memory, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz), and Bluetooth 4.2.

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This is the second such partnership from Google and Xiaomi, with the first Mi Box in the USA launching in 2016.

The Mi Box S can be pre-ordered from Walmart for $59.99. You can also use the assistant to find a movie/show, ask it to play a song, or even ask it the weather. It looks like it has volume control as well, plus a dedicated Google Assistant button and all of your typical Android TV navigation keys.

This version of the Mi Box includes a larger body - 3.75 x 3.75 x 0.66 inches, quite similar to the Mi Box 5c - but here we get twice the RAM. But the Android TV box market is now a sparse landscape with very few options available for consumers to choose from.

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The Xiaomi Mi Box S is an upgraded model to the Xiaomi Mi Box, which was initially launched in 2016. In fact, it is now $10 lower than what the original Mi Box launched for, and in spite of the additional features.

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