Just yesterday we announced that Chinese company Xiaomi renamed its website in anticipation for its global expansion. Aside from this, the company has also unveiled three new products to add its increasing lineup. Meet the Mi Box Pro which is an Android TV box that’s able to support 4K ultra HD videos, the Mi Wi-Fi that’s a multi-purpose device that can be used as a router or a home media server thanks to its 1TB of storage, and the Mi Wi-Fi Mini that’s basically a Mi Wi-Fi without the 1TB of storage thus can only be used as a router.
Hugo Bara made the announced regarding these new products through his Google+ account. He describes the three products by saying that
“Mi Box Pro is the world’s first 4K Ultra HD Android-powered set-top box, and it’s 3x faster and much slimmer than its predecessor.”
“Mi Wi-Fi is a revolutionary new smart device for your home which we announced back in December and is coming out of Beta this week.”
“Mi Wi-Fi mini is a simple but extremely high-performance wireless router that’s easy to set up and insanely affordable.”
Let’s take a detailed look at all three products.
Mi Box Pro
Xiaomi already has an Android TV box out in the market called the Mi Box and the Mi Box Pro is its successor. This new device comes with improved hardware specifications while being smaller than the previous model.
Some of its key features include
- Amlogic quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A9 chipset, Mali-450 MP6 GPU, 2GB RAM, 4GB Flash
- 802.11ac support
- USB 2.0 and OTG micro ports, microSD card slot (up to 64GB)
What’s probably interesting is that this device will be able to support 4K Ultra HD videos straight out of the box, a feature which isn’t present in the Amazon Fire TV.
This device is expected to be priced at 399 Yuan in China or around $63.
Last December Xiaomi introduced a router device which the company released to beta testers. It’s basically a DIY where some assembly was required and is a cross between a router and a network storage device. This device is now out of its beta phase and is ready to ship out to customers.
The Mi Wi-Fi functions as a router with the help of its 802.11ac with 2×2 dual-frequency beamforming feature. It can also be used as a media server with the help of its Broadcom dual-core 1GHz A9 chipset, 256MB DDR3 RAM, and 1 TB hard drive. Aside from this it can also be used as a smarthome center by remotely controlling home appliances, lights, TV and audio equipment, air conditioning, IP cameras.
Some of its key features include
- Automatically connect devices via NFC by tapping them to the router
- Remote control app (Android and iOS)
- 2x accelerated web browsing speeds (via Sogou browser engine)
- Download movies and videos remotely (via pre-loaded Xunlei app)
- User programmable smart rules for controlling devices in the home
- OpenWRT-based operating system, with weekly software updates
The device is now open for pre-orders in China and costs 699 Yuan or approximately $110.
Mi Wi-Fi Mini
Customers who are looking for just a router will find that the Mi Wi-Fi Mini will fit their needs. It’s a router that is easy to setup and is sold at a low price.
Its key features include
- 802.11ac support with a 2×2 dual-frequency beamforming antenna array
- MediaTek MT7620A 580MHz chipset, 128MB DDR3 RAM
- USB port for external hard drive
This device is in open beta this week and will be priced at 129 Yuan in China or approximately $20.