The struggle to watch content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar and countless other OTT services is real if you own a non-smart TV. Sure, there are solutions like Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast but they are not as cheap as what Xiaomi just announced. The Mi Box 4K aims to bring all the smarts to your defunct Smart TV or non-Smart TV, in addition, to playing back 4K HDR content.
The Mi Box 4K runs on stock Android TV, which means there’s no PatchWall to use but it does give access to the latest video, music and games, thanks to Play Store support.
In terms of other features, the Mi Box 4K supports Dolby Audio, DTS 2.0, Chromecast and Data Saver that allows users to stream more content at a lower resolution, making it extremely useful who stream content via mobile hotspots or have a metered broadband connection.
When it comes to connectivity, there’s one HDMI 2.0 port to connect to the TV, USB 2.0 to play content from a connected pen drive or HDD, 3.5m audio out and Bluetooth 4.2 to connect to audio accessories or a gamepad.
Codec-wise, the Mi Box 4K is capable to play the prevalent ones like MOV, AVI, MP4, MKV, FLAC, MP3, TIF, JPG and more.
The Mi Box 4K goes on sale from May 10 on Mi.com, Flipkart and Mi physical stores for Rs. 3,499. In case you cannot buy from online stores, you can check out Mi Local that sources products from a Mi store in your vicinity.