After first appearing on the shelves of some Walmarts just yesterday, Xiaomi’s yet-to-be-announced Mi Box has already popped up on YouTube. A guy by the name of George Garrett found the Mi Box at his local Walmart in Ohio and after picking it up brought it home to record his unboxing experience…
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In the detailed video, George shows that the Mi Box comes with a voice remote, power adapter, and HDMI cable in the box as well as several free offers for Sling TV, VUDU Movies & TV, CBS All Access, and a 3-month free trial for Pandora’s premium services.
The video also reveals how the hardware compares to the previous budget Android TV device, Google’s Nexus Player. The Mi Box has a similar plastic construction while being a bit smaller in size and also being slightly taller off the table. Also revealed in this video is the presence of a full-size USB port which should allow for expandable storage. There’s also an auxiliary port for plugging in a 3.5mm audio device.
The remote also gets an appearance in this video, showing buttons for navigation and voice search, but also for power and volume, something we’ve yet to see on a standalone Android TV box. Once plugged into a TV and turned on, the Mi Box boots up like any other Android TV device and comes with the usual interface.
Xiaomi also has the device set up to recommend several apps for various streaming services such as Sling TV, VUDU, HBO NOW, Red Bull TV, CBS Sports, WATCH ESPN, and more. Out of the box, though, the Mi Box only includes Google’s suite of Android TV apps and the Live Channels app. Interestingly the Mi Box comes with Android 6.0.1 out of the box rather than Android Nougat.
As mentioned, Xiaomi has yet to officially release this product, but we’re expecting to see perhaps see it mentioned at Google’s October 4th event.
Here’s the video: