Android TV has seen a bit of resurgence in the last year or so. The platform continues to get new features as a possible rebrand is in the works. There has also been an influx in new hardware with products from Realme, TiVo, TCL, and NVIDIA, to name a few. Xiaomi has also been in the Android TV game for a while and they’re teasing the Mi TV streaming stick.
Xiaomi has released a few different Android TV devices in the past. The company has 4K televisions with Android TV built-in from 65-inches to 43-inches. The Xiaomi Mi Box, however, is the more traditional Android TV set-top box offering, and it has several generations. Now, the company is teasing a new form factor: a streaming stick.
The Xiaomi Mi TV appeared on Gearbest a couple of weeks ago and it seems to have been legit. Today, during an online event, a Xiaomi official showed off an image of the Mi TV stick (at 27:58 in this video). From the image, we can see a remote and a sleek dongle. The remote has a Google Assistant button along with buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
The Gearbest listing reveals many of the specifications for the Mi TV stick. In a nutshell, it’s a dongle version of the Mi Box S. It will have an Amlogic S905 Y2 quad-core chip, a Mali-G31 GPU, 2GB of DDR4 RAM, and 8GB of storage. It will apparently ship with Android 9 Pie, DTS-HD, Dolby Stereo Sound, and “High Clarity 4K HDR.” The connector for the dongle is HDMI 2.0.
The Xiaomi Mi TV stick is listed at $79, but it’s best to not put too much merit in that yet. It would be more expensive than the similarly equipped Mi Box S, which cost $59 at launch. We should see an official launch sometime soon.
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