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Mi Box S vs. Mi Box TV: How Xiaomi’s 4K media players are similar and different

Xiaomi is expanding its Mi Ecosystem catalog by officially selling the Mi Box S, a renewed edition of the Xiaomi Mi Box TV set-top box, one of the models with the best value for money on the market.

At the beginning of 2018, Xiaomi presented two new models of its set-top-box in China, the Mi Box 4 and 4c two renewals with new design and additional functions such as artificial intelligence or improved sound. However, the international version will be the one that has arrived today, the Xiaomi Mi Box S. What changes are there in the new multimedia player 4K of Xiaomi?

Xiaomi PFJ4086EU – TV Box with remote control by voice on the remote control, black color

On Amazon for € 64.90

Mi Box S vs. Mi Box TV: Comparison of technical specifications

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 100 x 100 x 16 mm
145 g
101 x 101 x 19.5 mm
176.5 g
OUTPUT RESOLUTION Up to 4K 60fps Up to 4K 60fps
PROCESSOR AND RAM Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
GPU Mali 450 750MHz
Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
GPU Mali 450 750MHz
OS Android TV 8.0 Android TV 6.0
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4GHz / 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4GHz / 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.0
CONNECTIONS HDMI 2.0a, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio output HDMI 2.0a, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio output
VIDEO VP9 4K60fps
H.265 HEVC MP-10, H.264 AVC
H.264 MVC 1080p60fps
VP9 4K60fps
H.265 HEVC MP-10, H.264 AVC
H.264 MVC 1080p60fps
SOUND Supported formats: MP3, FLAC, APE, ACC, OGG
DTS 2.0+ Digital Out
Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound
Compatible with 7.1 and 5.1 audio systems
DTS 2.0+ Digital Out, Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1
ACCESSORIES Remote control with voice control
HDMI cable included
Remote control with voice control
HDMI cable included
PRICE 64.90 euros 69.99 euros

New device and control design

Cover 2

The first difference jumps at the sight: the rounded forms of the device give way to a more compact and squared model, although it conserves the rounded corners and its sober and minimalist aspect. Despite this new and more forceful aspect, the Xiaomi Mi Box S is slightly smaller and lighter.

Another difference we see in the remote controls. It remains light, simple and stylized, but shortcuts have been added to Netflix and Google Assistant. Two modifications that aim to streamline the user experience. On the one hand, faster access to one of the most popular streaming services. On the other, facilitating voice control from the command to more services, channels and apps.

Virtually no hardware and connectivity changes


Beyond the remote control and the housing, the hardware of the Mi Box S is identical to its predecessor : in both models we have the same Quad-core processor Cortex-A53 at 2 GHz, Mali 450 GPU at 750MHz, 2 GB in DDR3 RAM and the internal storage of 8 GB. Likewise, the HDMI 2.0 and USB 2.0 ports and the 3.5 mm jack port are preserved. In terms of wireless connectivity, the dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 802.11a / b / g / n / ac dual band remains the same.

The only variations we see in the Bluetooth and improvements in the audio output. Thus, the Mi Box S has been upgraded from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2, with lower power consumption and a slightly higher data transfer rate.

As for sound, the new Mi Box S improves support for DTS-HD and Dolby Audio Plus of up to 7.1 channels. Video resolution is also maintained, reaching a maximum of 4K at 60 frames per second.

The promise of updated software

Both models integrate Android TV, a clean software with preinstalled applications such as Google Play, Youtube, Play Movies, Play Music and Play Games; and others like Netflix and Redbull TV. Both the Xiaomi Mi Box TV and the Mi Box S have Google Cast, which allows you to cast programs, movies, series, music and videos from your mobile phone or tablet to your TV.

The Xiaomi Mi Box TV is a device with a few years in the market (it was presented in the Google I / O 2016), despite this, the software support of the device has continued until Android Oreo. However, you will not receive a new version of the Google operating system.


Fortunately, the same will not happen with the Xiaomi Mi Box S, which comes standard with Android 8.1 Oreo and will at least reach Android Pie, allowing its users to enjoy new additional functions.

What does change is the price: the Mi Box S is cheaper

The new Mi Box S is already on sale officially in Spain at a price of 64.99 euros, ten euros less than the exit price of the Xiaomi Mi Box TV. In this way, approximately that pattern of rebate of 10 dollars that Xiaomi made in the United States is preserved. Xiaomi is updated to offer more for less money.

Although the differences between one model and another are small, the promise of updated software decant the balance to the Mi Box S, the new multimedia player 4K of Xiaomi.

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