Finally, the Xiaomi TV Box S 2nd Gen is now available. The upgraded version of the Xiaomi Mi Box S now comes with a powerful S905X4 SoC supporting AV1 decoding. In addition, the new Xiaomi TV Box S now runs on Google TV OS (based on Android TV 11 OS). Xiaomi’s 4K Google TV Streaming Box is available for $59.99 and up.
Price and Availability
The new Xiaomi TV Box S 2nd Gen 4K Google TV Streaming Box you can find in the official Xiaomi store on Aliexpress. The early bird price was set at $59.99, although the current price we see is $73.79. Shipping is to be carried out from April 8.
[UPDATE 04/30/23] Xiaomi’s TV Box S second generation is now available for $63.64 and up. In one Aliexpress store, you will find the Xiaomi 4K Google TV Box for even around $53 (after using the store coupon).
In addition to the new Xiaomi TV Box S Google TV streaming box, the package includes a power adapter, user manual, and Bluetooth voice remote control.
Xiaomi TV Box S 2nd Gen Overview Features
As for the design, apart from the change of the logo on the top cover, nothing has changed. It’s still a compact streaming box, measuring 95.25 x 95.25 x 16.7mm and weighing 147g. However, the specification and features offered by the 2nd generation Mi Box S are worth attention. First of all, inside we find the already well-known Amlogic S905X4 SoC (Quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor 2.0 GHz with ARM-G31 MP2 GPU) that supports up to 4K @60fps AV1, VP9, HEVC decoding with HDR10/10+ and HLG. In addition, the new Xiaomi streaming Box supports Dolby Vision Dolby, Dolby Atmos, and DTS-HD. By the way, support for Dolby Vision can also be found in Homatics Box R 4K Plus.
The improved Xiaomi TV Box is a certified Google, Netflix and Prime Video streaming player. It also offers support for other streaming services with up to 4K display. Compared to the previous version which had built-in Android TV 9.0. Xiaomi TV Box S runs on Google TV based on Android TV 11 OS. Both Android TV and Google TV have their advantages and disadvantages, it all depends on personal preferences. Of course, Xiaomi Google TV Box has built-in Chromecast and supports Google Assistant.
Still inside we find 2GB RAM DDR4 and unfortunately only 8GB eMMC storage. In addition, the streaming player supports Dual-Band 802.11ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2. As before, the device does not have RJ45 Ethernet. The interfaces it has are HDMI 2.0a, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and DC jack.
Xiaomi Google TV Streaming player comes with Bluetooth and IR remote control. The refreshed remote control received several key buttons for Netflix, Youtube, Prime Video and Apps. In addition, we will find a button for Xiaomi TV+ (IPTV) and Google Assistant.
Key differences between Xiaomi TV Box S (2nd gen) and the previous model
- Google TV operating system instead of Android TV 9 OS
- Amlogic S905X4 SoC instead of Amlogic S905X SoC
- Bluetooth 5.2 instead of Bluetooth 4.2
- AV1 decoding support
- The remote control has additional buttons
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