Xiaomi launched the Mi TV Stick in India today. It is the company’s second streaming device after the Mi Box 4K from the beginning of this year and aims to offer most of the same features at a cheaper price.
In contrast to the Mi Box 4K, the new Mi TV Stick has a maximum output resolution of 1080p. However, compared to the Mi Box 4K, it’s more portable and affordable. With the Mi Stick, Xiaomi is now competing against Amazon Fire Stick and Google’s Chromecast.
Mi TV Stick features and specifications
Just like the Mi Box and the Amazon Fire TV stick, the Mi TV stick can turn your normal non-smart TV into a smart one. It has an HDMI port that can be connected to your TV. The stick comes with a pre-installed Android 9 TV operating system as well as 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory. The streaming here is limited to Full HD (1080p) at 60 fps. You can access content from OTT players like Disney Plus Hotstar, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and more. It also has Chromecast functionality built in. Data Saver also does the editing.
You get dual-band WiFi support along with Bluetooth 4.2, which can be used to pair with accessories like a gamepad, keyboard, and headphones. It is equipped with a quad-core SoC Cortex-A53 and an ARM Mali-450 GPU. Dolby and DTS audio are supported for audio. In addition to the HDMI connection, there is also a micro USB connection that had to be connected for the power supply.
With the Mi Stick, you can also transfer content from your phone thanks to the integrated Chromecast. With the integrated Google Play Store, you can choose from over 5,000 apps and games. It also comes with a Bluetooth-enabled remote control, similar to the one we get with the Mi Box 4K. It includes a dedicated Google Assistant, Prime Video and Netflix buttons, as well as power, volume, and other regular buttons. It weighs less than 30 grams and is one of the most portable devices you can own.
Price and availability
The Mi TV Stick costs Rs 2,799 in India and will be available on Flipkart from August 7th.