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Google I/O 2016: Xiaomi Mi Box, Android-powered 4k set-top-box, coming soon to US, other markets

The Mi Box is a sleek device with an award winning design which comes with a rich library of content with thousands of movies, shows and games from Google Play, YouTube and other apps.

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Google I/O 2016: Details regarding the availability of Mi Box in the US and other market will be released soon, said a Xiaomi release.

Xiaomi, which has been itching to enter the US market, may finally get a foot in the door with the Mi Box, its new 4K set-top box powered by Android TV.

Along with the availability of the Mi Box in the US, Google VP Clay Bavor announced at the annual Google I/O conference keynote that Xiaomi will be one of Google’s first Android partners to commit to making Daydream-ready devices in collaboration with Google. Daydream is Google’s platform for high performance mobile VR, built on top of Android N.

The Mi Box is a sleek device with an award winning design which comes with a rich library of content with thousands of movies, shows and games from Google Play, YouTube and other apps. Xiaomi has sold over 10 million smart TVs and set-top boxes in China since 2013.

Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global said: “This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US. I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room.”

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Details regarding the availability of Mi Box in the US and other market will be released soon, said a Xiaomi release.

In the box

Mi Box supports 4K UHD video content playback at 60 frames per second, for the sharpest image quality and smoothest video playback. In addition, Mi Box supports the latest HDR10 standard (to be enabled from Android N onwards) and the updated HDMI 2.0a specification. With supported content being made available by leading content providers such as YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and FandangoNOW, high dynamic range (HDR) TV technology promises improvements in color and contrast, delivering a significant leap in picture quality.

Equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali 450 GPU, as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC flash, Mi Box provides powerful performance for a smooth streaming and gaming experience. Users can also add as much additional storage as they need to Mi Box via USB.

Mi Box also delivers Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Surround Sound, creating a cinema-like experience right within the living room.

Mi Box comes with a Bluetooth remote control that supports voice search and commands. The Bluetooth remote can also be used as a controller for the huge catalog of games that work on Android TV. PLus a Mi Game Controller, which supports Mi Box and any Android device, will be available separately.