The new version of Xiaomi’s Android TV box is now unveiled officially by the company. The Chinese manufacturer would launch Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4C in China by next month Feb 1. However, the new box is still running the Android 6.0 but equipped with the new chipset for better performance.
The new chipset is Amlogic S905L which is much better than the older version; the new box also contains Hybrid Log Gamma HDR and HDMI 2.0b support. But Xiaomi has listed HDMI 2.0a support in specifications which is lacking HLG HDR.
But that is not an issue, you will be able to watch 4K video decoding with up to 60fps for HEVC/h.265 files including HDR 10 support. The box also features DTS and Dolby digital plus which ensures high-quality audio through HDMI port or optical output.
Xiaomi also embeds its AI-enhanced movie suggestion engine, in China using this service you can stream Movies and TV shows. The remote control is redesigned with mic key about the click wheel, which you can use for voice commands.
Xiaomi Mi Box 4 has 2GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, the storage is, of course, expandable using USB 2.0 port, and still, the 3.0 is unavailable in this version. However, Mi Box 4C model is cheaper than the normal version and lacks in specifications with 1GB RAM and absence of Dolby and Bluetooth functionalities.
According to Xiaomi the Mi Box 4 has gaming capabilities, However, the specifications don’t sound like a gaming pro. The chipset is Cortex-A53 with 2.0GHz speed and Mali-450 GPU with 750MHz, 3+2 core.
Xiaomi is pushing both models Mi Box 4 and 4C for sale on February 1 in China. The Mi box 4 is only available in white color and costs CNY 350 which equates to $55 whereas 4C model is only available in black color which costs CNY 250 roughly $40.
Xiaomi might launch an international version of this box at some point, but until then you can only search for specifications and read product reviews or watch videos.