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Xiaomi Mi Box S review: a smart and feature-rich Android TV box worthy of buying

Xiaomi Mi Box S review: a smart and feature-rich Android TV box worthy of buying

By  Wouter Wargerink 2018-12-17 9796 0

Watch movies, browse the web, and play 3D games in stunning 4K resolution with the Xiaomi Mi Box S. This Android TV box treats you to an overwhelming media experience from the comfort of your living room, guaranteeing that you never feel bored again.


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When I get home after a long day of work, I love to relax on my sofa while watching a movie or playing some games. The problem is, however, that it always seems like the regular TV channels do not broadcast anything worth watching. The movies are old, series boring, and the rest is not even worth mentioning. This is why I came to the conclusion that was time to purchase an Android TV box.

I heard a lot about Android TV boxes in the past, however, I never used one myself. Because I am new to the whole Android TV box thing, I thought it was a good idea to try out an affordable model from a well-known brand that comes with high-end specs. With that in mind, I came across the Xiaomi Mi Box S. This compact Android TV box features powerful hardware and the latest software alike, treating you to a smooth and high-end user experience. After using it for several weeks, my experience has been extremely positive. Below, we’ll have a closer look at this Android TV box and which of its features I love the most.


Xiaomi Mi Box S with 4K HDR Android TV Streaming Media Player Google Assistant Remote Official International Version - BLACK EU PLUG

Xiaomi Mi Box S with 4K HDR Android TV Streaming Media Player Google Assistant Remote Official International Version - BLACK EU PLUG
$90.77 $68.99    


Xiaomi Mi Box S: specs

First, let’s take a look at the specs of Xiaomi Mi Box S.


Product name
Xiaomi Mi Box S TV Box
9.52 x 9.52 x 1.68 cm / 3.75 x 3.75 x 0.66 inches
0.3000 kg
Android 8.1
Cortex A53 quad core
HDMI version
Power consumption
RJ45 port speed
Max. extended capacity
Audio format
Bluetooth version
Bluetooth 4.2
AV,DC power port,HDMI,USB2.0
Other functions
3D games,3D video,DLNA,ISO files,miracast,NTSC,PAL
5G WiFi,2.4GHz + 5.8GHz dual band WiFi,5.1 surround sound output

Sleek and stylish design

First things first: the design. When I first opened up the box with the Xiaomi Mi Box S Android TV box inside, I was pleasantly surprised by its appearance. Although affordable in price, this Android media player features a high-end, if not premium, look. Its thin and smooth black body gives it a modern and expensive look. It features an extremely sleek and no-nonsense design which allows it to perfectly blend in with my furniture. Personally, I have placed my Xiaomi Mi Box S on the closet next to the TV as I believe its modern design is worth showing off. If, however, you rather place it out of sight, this also should not be a problem at all. Its thin and compact body makes it easy to hide behind or below your TV or furniture. That being said, the design of this Android TV box certainly is a plus. Now let's move on to that what really matters: the features!

the design of Xiaomi Mi Box S Android TV box  

Latest Android OS

One major perk of the Xiaomi Mi Box S is the fact that it runs on the latest Android 8.1 operating system. Thanks to this, you can smoothly run all the latest Android features, games, and APPS. Simply head over the app store, and you can download any software feature of your liking. The superior functionality of Android 8.1 delivers an outstanding user experience that can be noticed from the moment you turn on your TV box the first time.

the OS of Xiaomi Mi Box S Android TV box 

In all the weeks I have been using the Xiaomi Mi Box S, I have not once experienced any lag or delay. The user interface is extremely easy to navigate through and highly responsive, making it simple to use even for first-time TV box users such as myself. This makes the Xiaomi Mi Box S perfect for trying out all the latest Android features on your big screen TV.

Outstanding hardware

Having the latest software available is nice, however, that what really matters is the hardware. Without the right hardware, it becomes difficult to run demanding APPS and games. Luckily, the Xiaomi Mi Box S features the latest software and hardware alike.

Within its sleek body, this Android TV box packs a powerful Cortex A53 Quad-Core processor that has been clocked at 2.4GHz. Along with its CPU comes 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB internal storage. Together, this hardware allows you to tackle the latest games, movies, and APPS without dropping a frame. Whether you wish to browse the web, watch a movie, or play the most demanding Android games, the Xiaomi Mi Box S handles it all. For those of you who need more storage, this Android TV box allows you to slide in a 64GB SD card. Thanks to this, you never have to worry about running out of storage space for your media again.

the CPU,GPU,storage of Xiaomi Mi Box S Android TV box 

Besides its powerful CPU, the Xiaomi Mi Box S also packs a high-end graphics unit that delivers crisp and beautiful visuals. You’ll be able to enjoy the most graphically demanding media without ever experiencing any lag. If you’re looking for an affordable yet powerful Android TV box, the Xiaomi Mi Box S is highly recommended.

Stunning graphics and HD audio

One of the most important aspects of any TV box naturally has got to be its resolution. After all, you’re using your TV box to watch movies, series, and play games. So, who doesn’t want to enjoy vivid images in a stunning resolution? With the Xiaomi Mi Box S, there luckily is nothing to worry about. This beautiful Android TV box supports Ultra-HD 4K resolution, thus allowing you to enjoy all your favorite movies, series, and sports games in breathtaking resolutions. The crisp and clear visuals put forth by this 4K TV box are noticeable from the first time you turn it on. Personally, I was truly impressed. When watching a movie from this Android TV Box, you really are treated to a cinematic experience.

Ultra-HD 4K resolution of Xiaomi Mi Box S  

Besides its Ultra-HD graphics, the Xiaomi Mi Box S also treats you to premium Audio. With DOLBY and DTS support, you can undergo an audiophile audio experience while playing games, watching a movie, or listening to music. Overall, the media experience put forth by this Android TV box surely is incredible. The HD sound combined with 3D support and 4K visuals let you enjoy your favorite media like never before.

the DOLBY audio of Xiaomi Mi Box S  

Lightning-fast internet

One of the biggest annoyances when using your laptop or PC for streaming a movie is a slow and lagging internet experience. Luckily, with the Xiaomi Mi Box S, this is an issue of the past. This Android TV box supports dual-band WiFi, thus allowing you to browse the web at lightning speeds. Besides WiFi, the TV box can also be used with your regular internet cable. With the Xiaomi Mi Box S, you’ll be able to stream movies, browse the web, and download media in the blink of an eye.

Smart control

One thing I really loved about this Android TV box is its smart control features. Once you have started up the Xiaomi Mi Box S, it becomes quickly clear that this is no regular Android TV box. With an abundance of smart control features, it has never been more easy and convenient to enjoy your favorite media.

Naturally, this Android TV box supports all regular software features such as Bluetooth 4.2, DLNA, and Miracast. However, there is more. The Xiaomi Mi Box S supports Google Assistant for a smart and convenient user experience. Added to that, it furthermore comes with a smart remote control that supports voice commands. From now on, you can simply tell your TV box what to do by using your voice.

voice control of Xiaomi Mi Box S 

Overall impression

After using the Xiaomi Mi Box S for several weeks, the overall impression has been extremely positive. It goes without saying that the latest hardware and software this Android TV box supports allows you to enjoy the most demanding media without dropping a frame. Added to that, the 4K resolutions, Dual-Band WiFi, and 3D media support further add to an overall impressive user experience. Along with its smart control features, it has never been easier to browse through your media and enjoy a movie from home. If you’re looking for an affordable Android TV box that lets you enjoy a truly cinematic experience from home, The Xiaomi Mi Box S is a perfect choice for you. And with a price tag of merely $68.99 at GearBest, it shouldn’t be a difficult decision to get your hands on this stunning Android TV box. 


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 What is TV box and how does it work?
 What’s the best Android TV box you can buy right now?
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