A couple of days ago, we learned that Xiaomi was planning to introduce a TV dongle or stick called the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick. Other rumours had it that the company is planning to replace streaming boxes such as the Mi Box 3 with the stick, but the talk is yet to be substantiated by an authority figure from the Chinese tech company.
The device has since gone official, and it is expected it will start selling at about 40 Euros, which is about KES 5000. That is a very competitive price, bearing in mind that competing products from the likes of Amazon and Google cost so much more.
We already detailed the specs of the stick in a previous post. We had also been told that there would be two versions of the dongle, but only the 1080p version is available now.
To recap, it has a quad-core CPU, a gig of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and a Bluetooth remote. Similar to other sticks, it only needs to be powered by a USB outlet on your TV, so there are less cables here and that is always a plus.
The device supports the majority of popular streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video.
Google Assistant is also in tow, and we hope it works reliably because the solution in the Mi Box 3 is pretty mediocre.
Xiaomi further adds the device supports flagship audio formats such as DTS and Dolby Audio.
We are not sure when the 4K model will be released. In the meantime, we can’t wait to test the stick, bearing in mind that Xiaomi Kenya often brings these devices locally, albeit a little too late.