Xiaomi launched its fourth-generation of the Mi Box, the Mi Box 4 and the Mi Box 4C in China. Both the devices will go up for registrations starting February 1. The Mi Box 4 has been priced at CNY 349 (Approximately Rs 3,500) and the Mi Box 4C at CNY 249 (Approximately Rs 2,500). These smart TV boxes are the successors to the Mi Box 3C and the Mi Box 3S launched in 2016. The most interesting thing in these smart TV boxes is that these come with the PatchWall UI an Artificial Interface based UI.
The Xiaomi Mi Box is a device which looks like a TV set-top box and runs Google’s Android. It helps turn a normal television into a smart TV. With the help of Xiaomi’s own PatchWall UI on top of Android, the Mi Box allows users to browse content through voice commands and monitor user viewing habits, and after some time starts to recommend related content to them. Both the new smart boxes support 4K HDR viewing along with Dolby Audio and DTS HD audio.
Mi Box 4 and the Mi Box 4C are both powered by the quad-core Amlogic S905L Cortex A53 processor along with Mali 45 GPU coupled with 8GB of internal storage. These allow the users to view 4K HDR content at 60 frames per second.
As for the connectivity options, the Mi Box 4 and the Mi Box 4C come with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, one HDMI 2.0 port, one 3.5mm composite output and one USB 3.0 port.
As for the differences, the Mi Box 4 comes with 2GB of RAM whereas the Mi Box 4C comes with 1GB of RAM. The Mi Box 4 also features Bluetooth 4.1 LE support, whereas the other one uses infrared.
The availability status of these boxes in India is not yet known.