Less than 24 hours ago, Xiaomi wow-ed the world with its newest smartphone line-up, the Xiaomi Note and the Xiaomi Note Pro. And for a good added measure, a set of trendy headphones too.
But that was not all that Xiaomi showed off on stage – there was a tiny set-top box unveiled and even though it didn’t gain as much attention as the new smartphones, it still is something worth mentioning.
If you’re wondering why, it’s because the Mi Box mini (roughly the size of your usual smartphone charger) is more than just a set-top box; it doubles up as a charger and smart plug too.
What it does, besides plug into your wall socket, is connect to your TV via HDMI and stream content including TV shows and music. The Mi Box Mini comes out of the box running Android 4.4.2 KitKat and supports 1080p output to TVs – prepare yourselves for full HD streams – and Dolby DTS audio.
Despite its smaller size, the device also sports a quad-core CPU (meaning it will be able to handle multiple tasks without any issues), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB of RAM, as well as 4GB of storage.
Xiaomi claims the device sets itself apart from its other premium set-top boxes as it is made for casual media consumers instead of those who want to play games or use apps that use the latter.
The Mi Box mini will go on sale in China first on January 20, costing just CNY199 (about S$42). There’s an array of colours to choose from too – have a pick of red, purple, orange, blue, green, or yellow.