The Google I/O conference this year saw the announcement of the Mi Box, the first 4K capable Android TV set top box to be available in the U.S. The announcement comes as Android TV is getting a makeover, with a bevy of new apps.
The Mi Box is certainly not the company’s first foray into making set-top boxes, as it has sold over 10 million smart TVs and set-top boxes in China since 2013.
Inside, the Mi Box is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali 450 GPU backed by 2GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC flash. This enables it to display 4K UHD content at 60 FPS. The set-top-box also supports the latest HDR10 standard and the updated HDMI 2.0a specification.
Mi Box ships with the official YouTube app, with more apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Pandora, Vudu and more available on Google Play. It also comes with a Bluetooth remote control that supports voice search and commands.
With the Mi Game Controller, which is sold separately, users can also play games on the Mi Box.
Sadly, there is no information regarding price and availability of the Mi Box, but it is certain that this set-top box will be available to the U.S. market first.