Xiaomi’s Mi Box Gains a Following in Taiwan

14 Dec

Xiaomi announced it has sold more than 15,000 units of its Mix Box TV streaming device in Taiwan since launching the device on November 10. The Mi Box uses the Android TV system, a big-screen operating system that Google launched.

The Mi Box is an ultra HD streaming player. It is designed to push 4K video at 60 frames per second. When FPS is higher, motion appears smoother. Experts say an encoding session of roughly 60 FPS is optimal for viewers.

Further, the Mix Box the unit will offer Google Voice Search and interface with numerous subscription services, including Netflix, HBO, Showtime and Vudu.

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the sales show that the Mi Box is currently the top-selling set-top box in Taiwan.

Michael Crider, a reviewer on the Android Police website, praised the Mi Box in an October review. “It makes a compelling offer of just enough extra features on top of something like Chromecast or Roku to justify the extra cost, while still being the cheapest ATV device available at retail,” he wrote.  With full access to Android TV apps plus the requisite Cast streaming capability, decent (if bland) specs, and a voice-control remote, the Mi Box hits a lot of positive notes.”

Priced at NT$1999, the global version of the Mi Box permits consumers to download entertainment apps from Google Play, to customize lists of television programs and to run TV games.

According to Xiaomi, the Mi Box also has Google Cast technology. Google Cast technology permits consumers to broadcast their favorite entertainment and apps from their handsets, tablets or notebook computers directly to their televisions.