+ Wednesday September 18th, 2019


Android TV is gaining momentum and if you haven’t jumped on board yet, then here’s your chance with a deal on the Android TV running Xiaomi Mi Box.

GearBest is running the sale, with the Mi Box discounted from the usual price of $91.05AUD to $74.22 with the use of the code ‘FTMiBox‘.

The Mi Box is an official Android TV device, announced at Google I/O last year. Our newest writer, Neerav, has imported one previously (for a little more than this deal) and has written his thoughts about it here. Overall, it seems like a good device, with support for most Android TV apps..

Android TV includes a Chromecast receiver to allow you to cast from any Chromecast enabled app, and the Mi Box also has the distinction of being able to support 4K streams. Want the full specs? Here you go:

Dimensions Length 101.0mm
 Width 101.0mm
 Thickness 19.5mm
 Weight 176.5g (+/- 1g)
 Color Black
Basic specs Output Resolution: Output Resolution:Up to 4K 60fps
 Processor Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
 GPU Mali-450
 RAM 2GB DDR3
 Flash 8GB eMMC
 System Android TV 6.0
 Security Widevine L1 + PlayReady 3.0
Wireless connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz
 Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0/3.0
 Video VP9 VP9 Profile-2 up to 4K x 2K @ 60fps
 H.265 HEVC H.265 HEVC MP-10 at L5.1, up to 4K x 2K at 60fps
 H.264 AVC H.264 AVC HPat L5.1, up to 4K x 2K at 30fps
 H.264 MVC H.264 MVC, up to 1080P at 60fps
 HDR Supports HDR10/HLG HDR processing (software upgrade required)
Multimedia Audio/Vedio format MP3,WAV,MP4,MKV,AVI,etc
 Picture format JEPG,GIF,PNG,BMP,etc
 Sound DTS2.0+Digital out,Dolby Digital Plus. Up to 7.1 pass through.
Ports HDMI HDMI 2.0a x 1 port (HDCP 2.2)
 USB USB 2.0 x 1 port
 AV None
 Ethernet None
 TF Card None
 Power DC 5V / 2A x 1 port
Other specs Remote Bluetooth 4.0 + IR remote control, powered by 2 AAA batteries
 Included accessories Remote Control Unit, The power adapter, HDMI Cable, User Guide
 Power input 100~240V 50/60Hz input, 5.0V, 2.0A output

It’s a pretty good deal, with shipping included in the price, though you can expedite that if you want. It’s likely you’ll need a power adapter for it once it arrives, but that’s an easy problem to solve.

If you want to check it out, head over to GearBest and check it out.

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Source: GearBest.

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Android support lacking though. Nougat upgrade was promised but not eventuated apart from a beta. Shouldn’t you guys be noting that??

Tom Sekulic
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Latest and the greatest OS doesn’t really matter that much on a *Media Player*. All the apps I want to use on my Mi Box 3 work fine on the current OS, namely Kodi and the plugins.

Neerav Bhatt
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Fyi Kodi works extremely well on the Mi Box 3, I use it as an alternate way to watch ABC, SBS and PBS shows

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Have you even used the mi box?!?!? Obviously not…It supports Kodi 100% and works great. It’s available in the app store for Android tv.

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Thanks for mentioning that Kodi won’t work on it as I was tempted up until that point. Neerav’s review advisers you could install Kodi on it so perhaps that should be updated. I wonder why it doesn’t work?

Neerav Bhatt
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Kodi definitely works on Mi Box. It’s one of the main reasons for buying a Mi Box instead of Chromecast

John Manson
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Can also confirm that Kodi works perfectly on this device and was incredibly easy to install using the voice recognition built into the remote control.

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