Xiaomi Mi Box S gatecrashes the Made By Google party

A promotional image fo the Xiaomi Mi Box S with its remote control

Xiaomi has officially launched the Xiaomi Mi Box S, the latest Android TV Box from Xioami with premium features like 4K and HDR Video playback. Thanks to Google Assistant, the Mi Box S will also control your supported smart home devices such as the thermostat and lights.

The Android TV device has gone live, exclusively with Walmart, with shipping set to begin at the end of the month.

The design of the box is not the only new thing. The Box comes with a powerful processor that lets you play Android games as well which could be downloaded from the Google Play store.

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All-in-all, the Xiaomi Mi Box S looks to deliver a very similar experience as compared to the original Mi Box, but with more functionality and - surprisingly - a cheaper price. Along with the formal introduction, Xiaomi and Google confirmed the Mi Box S is coming to the U.S., and is actually available to pre-order starting today ahead of its scheduled October 19 launch date. Preorders are already up for an October release, and it'll only cost you $59.99.

The actual 4K-enabled box is nearly incredibly tiny and lightweight, at 147 grams (compared to the gargantuan 425-gram Apple TV 4K), nonetheless packing a powerful quad-core CPU and 3+2-core GPU. The Mi Box S also offers excellent audio output using Dolby Digital Plus + DTS surround sound. However, Pixel devices weren't the only thing to launch today, as Xiaomi just launched the brand new Xiaomi Mi Box S. Now that Google doesn't have any first-party Android TV boxes, it's nice to see Xiaomi step in with an affordable option.

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... The Mi Box S is a global version of Xiaomi's Mi Box 4.

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