Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi Box 4 and budget-minded Mi Box 4c for the Chinese market.
The China-only devices run the custom MIUI TV interface instead of Android TV. Previously Xiaomi has launched an international version which ran Android TV and was well received by many, generally being thought as a cheap alternative to an NVIDIA Shield.
If you had your hopes up of importing a Mi Box 4 to be an upgraded version of your international Mi Box, I wouldn’t get too excited. The Mi Box 4 has inferior hardware to the international model as it uses the Amlogic S905L chipset, which lacks hardware decoding support for VP9 whereas the international Mi Box uses the Amlogic S905X-H, which supports the royalty-free codec used primarily by YouTube.
Both devices are powered by the quad-core Amlogic S905L processor and Mali-450 GPU, and each comes with 8GB of internal storage. There’s support for 4K HDR playback up to 60 FPS.
The Mi Box 4 comes with 2GB RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, the Mi Box 4c comes with just 1GB RAM and uses infrared.
They are launching for around $55/£40 and $39/£28, respectively.