[REVIEW] Xiaomi MiBox (3rd Gen) 4K Android TV Box. Unlimited Entertainment On Your Hand
Xiaomi doesn’t only sell Android smartphones; they also sell others gadgets like Powerbank, Health Band, SmartTV Box (Android based) and much more. They even have CE (Consumer Electronic) like SmartTV(Android based), Air Purifier, Smart Water Purifier and much more.
I’ve just gotten myself a MiBox and it’s the third generation that has uplifted it hardware.
The MiBox (3rd Gen) powered with ARM Cortex A9 Quad-core 2.0 GHz CPU mated with 1GB of RAM and 4GB onboard storage that can be expandable via microSD card. The most important hardware for an Android box is the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) that handle the media playback codec files. MiBox (3rd Gen) uses Mali 450, MP6 + 2 core 600MHz GPU and does support up-to 4K resolutions (3,840 x 2,160)
Do take note, this MiBox not official available locally here in Malaysia. It’s only available in China due to its local contents and licensing. So the power adapter is different and you would need an adapter to change it to local 3-pins plug.
The design of this TV Box is very compact roundish square and comes with a hand ergonomic remote control. A HDMI cable and power adaptor comes along with the MiBox.
The back of the MiBox has a full-sized HDMI port, microUSB port, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio stereo jack, full-sized USB port and the power inlet.
Excellent WiFi Signal Receiver, Complete Connectivity & HDMI-CEC Enabled
I’ve used a few Android Box-es before and most of it has a very poor signal receiver. MiBox probably has the most excellent 802.11ac WiFi chip and the signal strength is comparable with any smartphone. This is very important as it allows me to place my MiBox even in my bedroom that apart a floor with the router and yet it still able to connect to the internet and stream movies seamlessly.
It has a full-sized USB where you can connect HDD, flash drive to playback your favourite movies or song and as well others peripherals like keyboard and mouse. The microUSB works with OTG thus you can have a secondary USB port.
MiBox also has Wireless Display that supported most of the Wireless Display Technology such as Miracast, Airplay, DLNA, SMB and WiDi.
MiBox is HDMI-CEC enabled, it can be connected with multiple HDMI-CEC enabled devices and control with single remote control for example TV, Home Theatre and MiBox.
UI and Languages
MiBox has its own UI for the MiBox although its run on Android OS. As mentioned earlier the MiBox are not meant to resell out of China thus it only show Chinese languages. But there is a way to change the language to English without any complicated (where some call it “Jailbreak”) and I’ll show HOW-TO on my next update.
Because it uses Android OS, there are a lot applications can be installed on it and the entertainments are unlimited. There are a few app like Popcorn Time, VST, MyIPTV, CloudTV, Kodi/XMBC and etc that can play full HD movies and watch live channels from different countries like Hong Kong, US, Taiwan, Singapore and etc.
The MiBox is selling for RMB 299 that convert to ringgit Malaysia is about RM190.