Xiaomi Unveils New and Improved Mi Box S Android TV Box

Xiaomi’s new Mi Box S is an Android TV box and runs a Google-made Android TV OS instead of a modified rip-off of Android for smartphones seen in most smart TV boxes.

It features a number of improvements over the predecessor, featuring some new-age features such as 4K 60 fps output, and a new, more modern remote.

Read on for more details.

Built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant, & Much More

Mi Box S looks just like the China-exclusive Mi Box 4 but comes in black instead of white. The box runs Android 8.1, the original Android TV version, with no proprietary skin on top. Xiaomi opted to use Android TV, and not a custom version of the OS.


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The remote has also been changed. The power button is now at the top, with a Google Assistant microphone trigger right below it. Interestingly, the remote has dedicated buttons for Netflix, Live TV, and a new app drawer button.

Mi Box S Android TV Box Channels

Another good thing is that it supports 4K video output and playback at 60 FPS. There’s also built-in Chromecast, so you won’t need a separate module, that can help you cast your smartphone or computer’s screen on to your TV.


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It gets full Google Assistant support, so you can simply ask your TV box to find movies for you, or other stuff online. It can also control other smart home devices like air-conditioning and lighting.

Internal Specs & Price

The specs are mostly unchanged. Mi Box S has a Cortex-A53 quad-core CPU, 2 GB RAM, paired with 8 GB internal storage. There’s a single USB 2.0 port to play your music or link other devices. The TV box also has an HDMI 2.0 port, audio output/input ports, and another power socket.

Mi Box S Android TV Box


For supported Android games, you can even plug in a controller to play those games on your TV. All in all, it is a good piece of tech to have in your home and is a good upgrade over most, tv boxes that come with some local subscriptions, like PTCL’s Smart TV or Nayatel’s TV box bundle.

If you already own an older Mi Box, then you won’t notice any major changes if you decide to upgrade to a Mi Box S, they both work fine.

It is cheaper than the original though, priced at just $59.99 (~Rs. 7,400). Shipping will start on November 6, at the end of this year.

  • Advantage: Best Hardware
    Disadvantage: Blutooth Remote, not Infrared (koi s*xy scene a jaye to bethay raho , sync kartay raho, itnay mein Papa Jee, Mama ya Sis bhi a sakti hai)

    I have ver. 4 of mi. box

      • 8600 PKR ka liya tha taqreeban 1 saal ho gaya ho ga….
        Telemart waloo se liya tha, official mi (xiaomi) store 9500 pkr k lag bhag day raha tha pakistan mein…. 100% original tha,,, same model aliexpress per tha… google search kar lo ab rate kam ho gaya hai remote bluetooth supported hai, sagate ki 2tb external hard easily chalti hai… aksar log bluetooth supported device letay hain, lekin mujhay bluetooth remote ki bajaye infrared achay lagtay hain… Kodi install kar lo to maza aye ga,,,, yeh multi media player hai vlc ki tarah, vlc bhi theek kaam karta hai, mein ne 1080p x265 aur 4k movies , 1080p per dekhnay k liye liya tha, x265 moviez k small size ki wajah se, ab mujhay x265 movies bilkul pasand nahi, x264 passand hain… yeh x264, x265, 4k ko chala leta hai 1080p per decode ker k…

        • mra PTCL Smart TV activit hai, per mne PTCL Smart Box nhi lya abhi tak…
          Ager mn ye Xiaomi Box S le lon to PTCL Smart TV is per chal jae ga??
          waiting for your replies

          • mein aap ko clear batata hon, is per 1 hdmi port hai (led tv/led monitor ko mi android box se contact karnay k liye), 1 usb 2.0 port hai (iss mein aap usb flash/external hard drive ya koi aur device laga saktay ho), bluetooth wireless supported keyboard/mouse/headset use ker saktay ho, iss ka original remote bluetooth supported hai yani issay sync karna parrta hai remote se baaz auqaat, ab copy/universal remote bhi aliexpress per a gaya hai 200-300 pkr ka parray ga approx. jo k IR (infrared) aur rf (radio frequency) supported hai yani more reliable hai…yeh 4k videos, hevc (x265) videos, vp9/vp8 youtube wali videos bhi chala leta hai, 4k videos ko 1080p/720p per decode karay ga , agar aap ka tv 1080p/720p hai… yeh youtube bhi chala leta hai, netflix bhi chala leta hai, (netflix kabhi check nahi kia, aur youtube k liye bahtar hai k wireless keyboard ho), ……………………………………. baqi jo aap ka sawal hai ptcl smart tv ka to mere khayal mein woh nahi chalay ga, kyon k wo aur cheez hai , mere khayal mein uss ka port nahi hoga mi android box mein, aur ptcl smart tv waisy hi bakwas tareen hai, check nahi kiya per pakistan mein 99% log isay pasand nahi kartay, baqi iss per cable bhi nahi lagay gi, cable k liye alag se box lena ho ga 2000-3000 aye ga kharcha uss per wo bhi cable waloo se lena ziada bahtar rahay ga, jub aap ki cable digital ho,,, abhi 90-95% cable pakistan mein digital nahi huwi…. mere khayal mein agar aap mi android box aap iss liye lo k iss per 4k video chalana ho aur aap ka tv 1080p/720p ho ya phir aap iss liye lo k aap k pas led monitor ho aur aap iss per mi box laga ker movies dekhna ho external hard disk se ya usb se, ya aap iss liye lo k aap k pass movies ka data bahut ziada ho aur aap k pas external hard disk barri ho ya led tv support na karta ho tub theek hai warna nahi,,,, mix box ka description mein tha k unlimited expansion meri 2tb support karti hai hard umeed hai k 8tb se bhi barri hard support karay gi… mere nazdeek sony ka 4k led tv ziada bahtar hai aur direct lagana bhi ziada bahtar rahay ga, sony ka apna media player bhi bahut acha hota hai, aur mi android box per aap kodi ya vlc bhi install ker saktay ho, lekin kodi best media player hai, android boxes ya android led tvs k liye…

            • PTCL Android app bhi nhi chle gi is per? mra PTCL smart TV active hai, mobile pe to PTCL Smart TV app thek chalti hai wse…

              agr apke pass 6mb ya above PTCL DSL hai to free mn active krwa skte hen PTCL smart TV app

              • iss per play store se app to install ho jatay hain per limited apps (shayed jo device ko support kartay hon),
                vlc,mx player,es explorer ko to check kia hai, per agar yeh app show hota ho ga to zaror work karay ga…. mein try karo ga, agar show hota hai k nahi… aur waisy i think k es explorer se bhi shayed install ho jata ho ga… mein ptcl use nahi karta, yeh bakwas hai mere city mein.. baqi netflix bhi ho jata hai, ya to aap shopkeeper/online seller se contact ker lo, ab iss ka new ver.4 aya hai pakistan mein 11000-12000 hai i think,mein sony bravia ko recommend karo ga,udhar se hi app install kar saktay ho android supported aagar ho…

                  • haan netflix chal jata hai mi ver 3 per bhi…. mein ne kabhi netflix use nahi kia mein external hartd drive use karta hon 2 tb,,,,, aap google mein search karo reviews,,,, youtube k link a jaye gay, wo check kar lo…

  • Don’t waste your money on this, get Nvidia Shield instead. 2nd choice can be Fire TV (not dongle ).

    • dono hi bakwas hain, waste of money… iss se bhi bahtar hai k sony 55x8000e led tv lay lo… jo bahut kam hi log afford ker saktay hain, … mere bhi budget se abhi bahir hai..

    • bakwas iss liye bola tha k nvida sheild bahut mahnga hai….
      mi box bhi acha hai,,,,, but i prefer 4k led tv

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