From the Far East: The Xiaomi Mi Box mini

xiaomi mi box mini

In our previous “From the Far East” articles, we’ve looked at wearables and a even a rumored mini-car. Today, we’re going to take a look at something a little different with a streaming device called the Mi Box mini.

Xiaomi is a name you’re probably becoming familiar with as the company has really come on strong in the smartphone world over the past few years. Part of the reason they’ve grown is due to their low-cost gadgets, and the Xiaomi Mi Box mini certainly fits that bill. It’s a pint-sized version of the company’s larger Mi Box, and somehow they’ve managed to cram 282 integrated components into a gadget about the size of a block charger.

As for the specs, the Xiaomi Mi Box mini is powered by a quad-core chip clocked at 1.3GHz with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage. It connects with dual-band WiFi and can handle 1080p with Dolby DTS audio although we’re unsure of exactly what codecs it will support or how that will be handled. It should support everything the Chromecast can, but I wouldn’t hold your breath for .mkv support.

The setup looks be fairly simple as well. The Xiaomi Mi Box mini plugs into a wall socket or power strip and has an HDMI port that allows you to link a cable to your big screen. You’ll have to sync up to your WiFi network, but an app will handle that. Obviously, the content is going to be a bit different as it’s a Chinese streaming box made for a Chinese audience. That said, it’s Android so it won’t too difficult to “adjust” the gadget to suit your needs.

In the years I’ve been covering tech, I rarely use the word “cute” to describe electronics. I’ll make an exception for the Mi Box mini streaming box as cute is the first word that comes to mind. The little device is easy on the eyes, it can handle gaming (to a degree) as well, and you can even sideload things onto the box. Just don’t expect a lot of familiar titles if you manage to get one outside the region at launch.

Initially, the Xiaomi Mi Box mini is going to be tough to get outside the region, and the $32 price tag isn’t going to help. You can expect the streaming box to sell out in seconds when it’s released on January 20th as is the case with a lot of their products. That said, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least to see the Mi Box mini eventually finds its way to other regions later this year.


Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.