Xiaomi has just officially launched the new Xiaomi Mi Box S a model identical to the Xiaomi Mi Box 4 that we saw in detail a few months ago and that has minimal changes compared to the popular Xiaomi Mi Box International. As we saw this model is basically different from the previous model in its box design that now has a better thermal dissipation system and in the remote control that has a new distribution of buttons with shortcuts for Netflix and Live channels.
SoC, RAM and storage
The new Xiaomi Mi Box S features an Amlogic processor from the S905 family, perhaps the same S905X-H SoC from its predecessor, a Quad Core with 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores capable of reaching 1.5GHz and a Mali-450mp5 GPU. On the board we have 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 8 GB of eMMc storage memory that can be expanded from using a USB drive. A configuration with a fast SoC and enough RAM to move any multimedia file without problems and above all to execute the most popular streaming services.
The Xiaomi Mi Box S includes at connectivity level has new a/b/g/n/ac Wifi adapter that also integrates Bluetooth 4.2 as a novelty. The included connectors are the same as in the previous version, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI 2.0a 4K@60fps video output with HDR support and audio jack with integrated SPDIF output. As is logical we have all the DRM certificates needed for the most popular streaming services, we will have Netflix 4K available and also Amazon Prime Video 4K although we will have to load the APK manually, also has integrated Chromecast and DD and DTS audio certificates.
The operating system of series is Android TV 8.1 Oreo and as we say it has a remote control by Bluetooth with new shortcut keys for Netflix and Live channels. We hope that this model comes with important fixes in the Android Oreo system, or that it receives the rumored version of Android P that Google is willing to implement.
Price and availability
- Xiaomi Mi Box S can be purchased from October 19 in the US on Amazon.com and Wallmart.com for $69.99 including free shipping.
- Xiaomi Mi Box S can be purchased too at Gearbest.com for $89.99 (€79.62) shipping cost included.