After leaks and rumors galore, Xiaomi finally unveiled its new Mi TV Stick powered by Android TV. This comes alongside a plethora of other device announcements, including the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic, and the Mi Curved Gaming Monitor.
While the star of the show may be that gorgeous new monitor, the Mi TV Stick has been the subject of more than a few rumors, including a video unboxing the new streaming stick. The most compelling aspect of the Mi TV Stick is that it’s powered by Android TV, marking the latest option to hit the market.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Specs
- Processor: Quad-core Cortex A53
- GPU: ARM Mali-450
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 8GB
- Connectivity: HDMI, MicroUSB, Bluetooth 4.2
- Video Playback: 1920×1080 FHD@60fps
- Audio: Dolby Atmos and DTS
- Software: Android TV
This isn’t Xiaomi’s first foray into a streaming device, as the Mi Box S has been around for a few years now, but leaves much to be desired. We may come to find out that the TV Stick will leave users feeling the same way after you realize that it’s only equipped to handle 1080p video. Xiaomi claims “The device’s substantial output capacity takes the streaming experience of streaming to the next level”, but it’s tough to feel that way with 1080p video in 2020.
As for the overall design, the Mi TV Stick is sleek and slim and can fit in your pocket if you need to grab it on your way out the door. But this design is perfect so you don’t have something big and bulky plugged into the back or side of your television. In fact, the remote itself is larger than the streaming stick in both length and width.
Speaking of the remote, Xiaomi opted for a Matte Black finish, with all of the buttons you would expect. In addition to the standard control buttons, there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button, along with shortcuts for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Priced at just €39.99, this is designed to be a budget-friendly way to get Android TV on the big screen. But there are a few things to make note of. First, Xiaomi has not confirmed whether the Mi TV Stick will come to the US at this time. Secondly, there were expectations of a 4K variant also coming, but those have not been confirmed and Xiaomi has not released this as of yet. For your 4K Android TV streaming needs, you’ll want to go with the NVIDIA Shield TV (2020). Hopefully, Xiaomi switches it up and brings the 4K model soon, but if you want to get the 1080p version, you can order it from Gearbest now