Xiaomi has recently launched two new Set-top boxes for its customers in China namely the Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4c. The next-generation smart TV box supports for 4K HDR videos. It comes with the same AI-based PatchWall interface as the Mi Box 3 that learns your viewing habits and offers content based on your liking.
The Mi Box 4 and 4c are made up of ABS plastic, and, the former is offered in white color whereas the latter comes in black.
The smart set-top boxes are powered by an Amlogic S905L quad-core processor and Mali-450 GPU clocked at 750 MHz. The Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4c support 4K HDR output at 30 and 60 frames per second. The two devices also deliver DTS-HD audio decoder output, though the Mi Box includes Dolby Audio for that extra kick.
Mi Box 4 carries more power of the two streaming boxes, and it comes with 2GB RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy so you can use your remote without pointing at the Mi Box 4. While the Mi Box 4c comes with just 1GB RAM and uses infrared technology that requires your remote has a clear view of the box in order to operate it.
Unfortunately, the both Mi box 4 and 4c will run on Android Marshmallow 6.0 under MIUI TV out of the box. There is also an absence of Micro SD card, however USB slot is present. Also, the hardware decoding support for VP9 is also missing which is the royalty-free codec primarily used by YouTube.
The Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4c will go on sale from February 1 in China. Priced at 349 Yuan and 249 Yuan ($55 and $39), respectively. As of now, there is no official word about the international launch and frankly speaking not much has changed from the international variant of Mi box launched in 2016.