Is it a good idea to a mi box s in 2021?: androidtv

     

We bring to you today the nhận xét of the new Xiaomi Mi Box International version is TV-Box a very similar device to lớn the Xiaomày Mi Box 3 mã sản phẩm that had the S905-H SoC & was focused lớn the Chinese market. This new mã sản phẩm comes with an Amsúc tích Quad Vi xử lý Core S905X-H SoC và also uses Android TV as system with all the necessary certificates to play Netflix UHD 4K something we have sầu only seen in the Nvidia Shield TV using Android. As the other TV-Boxes of this brvà it is a somewhat special device but worth know hyên ổn, let’s see how it behaves in our detailed Review.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ModelXiaongươi Mi Box International Version (MDZ-16-AB)
CPUAmxúc tích và ngắn gọn S905X-H Quad Chip Core Cortex-A53
GPUMali-450MP5
OSAndroid TV 6.0
RAM2GB DDR3
Storage8GB eMMC
WiFiWiFi ac 2.4 / 5GHz
Bluetooth4.1
PortsJack de audio 3.5mm / Digital audio Mini TOSLINKHDMI 2.0USB 2.0IR receiver
 ContentManvày a distancia BluetoothCable HDMICargador 5.2V 2.1AManual en Ingles

CONTENT DESCRIPTION

Package content

The packaging of this Xiaongươi Mi Box follows the aesthetics of the other Boxes of this Chinese brand with all the components perfectly packaged. We have the TV-Box, an HDXiaoMI cable, a small manual, 5.2V / 2.1A power adapter & a Bluetooth remote control without batteries.

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Product Details

The Xiaongươi Mi Box continues with the lentil style design of its predecessors, we have sầu the brvà logo sản phẩm on the upper face and no other remarkable thing.

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At the rear we have sầu all the connectors, the round power connector, USB 2.0 port, HDXiaoMi MI 2.0 Clip output và audio jaông xã for headphones compatible with digital audio output cable lớn which we can connect a Mini TOSLINK adapter khổng lồ our AV receiver.

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At the bottom we have sầu a rubber circle that prevents the TV-Box from sliding, in the front area we can see a transparent compartment that hides a White status led và a IR receiver.

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CONNECTING THE DEVICE

Connection & desktops

We plug in the Xiaomày Mi Box and it automatically turns on since this device does not have a physical power-on button. On the front side a small trắng LED lights up indicating that we have the device turned on, the system displays the Mi biểu tượng logo and its certificates. The first thing we have khổng lồ vày is connect the công nghệ Bluetooth không dây remote to lớn the device by the indicated procedure, a very simple procedure that does not suppose any complication.

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We can configure the system automatically by connecting to another Android device where we already have a Google tài khoản, for example, our mobile phone or tablet.

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Once configured the system on the Xiaomày Mi Box we enter into lớn the Android TV environment which is based on large rectangles where we have sầu the featured nội dung and the installed applications.

Start-up time: 26 seconds

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In this device, the system settings are presented through large icons, we can found the sections for all the options in the TV-Box, it’s easy to lớn move sầu around the menus using the remote control.

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As we already know the Android TV is pretty basic in customization, we can hide recommendations from the first row và adjust the secondary rows by sections, nonetheless.

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If we let the system idle a screensaver with spectacular images shows up, the system never turns off & touching the remote reactivates the system immediately.

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User experience

The Xiaomày Mi Box had a good performance lớn other devices with the similar S905X SoC that we demo in other reviews. The experience using this Box is good if you like the Android TV OS system, the device runs smoothly and the applications load quickly thanks lớn the fast storage memory that comes with this device. This TV-Box also includes 2GB of RAM that always help favorably when running the OS without lags.

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Android System

We noticed the device has the Android TV 6.0.1 version that brings a kernel 3.14.29 dated on July 1, 2017, as we can see the device is called MIBOX3, without a doubt we are in front of a direct version of its Chinese variant.

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Brand support

The Xiaomi br& has one of the best OTA update systems in the industry và this device is not exempt from them, during the review we have sầu updated the device without major complications.

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Storage & RAM

According to the specifications, the Xiaomày Mi Box has 8GB of internal storage memory but as we can see the user will only have 5,2 GB available, as we say this device is oriented to streaming so it is not its priority khổng lồ have a very large storage capathành phố. We can add a good USB 2.0 Memory Stichồng khổng lồ extover the internal storage.

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The eMMC internal memory assembled in the device is quite good & we get very good reading times, in general the results are correct.

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Consumption and temperatures

The electrical consumption of the Xiaomày Mi Box is also very contained lượt thích in the rest of the TV-Boxes with the new range of S905X SoC that we have sầu reviewed. Very low temperatures during normal use, the device hardly heats up, a very optimized SoC in these aspects.

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Google Play

In the Android TV system of this TV-Box we have a wide selection of titles designed for this version of Android destined to lớn televisions, but as we already know we vày not have sầu all the apps that we can find in Google Play for conventional Android systems.

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Installing external apps

As we already know Android TV has certain limitations when it comes lớn finding the phầm mềm in its Google Play store, we can also directly install the Android APK’s of the apps that we want without many problems. First we need lớn activate the Unknown source on Security settings, then we can use ES Explorer, select the APK and install it. To launch the apps we can install an alternative sầu launcher as TVLauncher 3 or use the ES Explorer in the trang chủ > Apps section.

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Root

The Xiaomày Mi Box does not come with root và we bởi vì not recommend rooting it since Xiaomày has some restrictive sầu policies for the users that vì chưng so và we will thất bại the certificates.

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Power nguồn Off / Standby / nguồn On

This device cannot be turned off completely, if we press the power button we only have sầu the Reboot option.

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TEST BENCH

Video và audio connections.

In the Xiaomi Mi Box we have video adjustment options up to 3840×2160 at 60Hz (4K) và also features 720p modes and 24Hz modes, some very simple video settings.

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Within the screen settings we can adjust the screen kích cỡ, change the behavior of the screen or activate the HDR mode if we have sầu a compatible TV.

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In these systems as always we laông xã control of brightness, contrast & saturation. In the settings we have an option khổng lồ activate automatic refresh change that does NOT work as it always happens in these systems, something necessary to avoid the Judder effect as we have seen.

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Chromecast, Miracast, PLEX và DLNA

One of the advantages of the Xiaomi Mi Box is the native sầu inclusion of Chromecast which allows us khổng lồ stream content from applications compatible with this system lượt thích HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video or others. This device also allows us to stream with Miracast from our sản phẩm điện thoại or tablet compatible with this system, we had no problems with our thiết bị di động LG G5.

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In the Xiaomày Mi Box we can install a DLNA ứng dụng & so from an Android di động or from a PC with Windows using a file explorer we will see our nội dung. It also supports PLEX which has an application compatible with Android TV.

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Network connections

Wi-Fi & Ethernet

Inside the Xiaomày Mi Box we find a wireless Wi-Fi ac adapter that we used alongside an ASUS RT-AC1200G+ Router, a mid range device. Using tệp tin transfer over a SAMBA network & connected via Wi-Fi 2,4Ghz we have achieved a tốc độ of about 27 mbps, with the 5Ghz Wi-Fi network we reached about 54 mbps. In general, correct values for this type of adapters, we recommkết thúc using the 5 GHz network if we have the possibility.

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To testing the network adapters performance playing streaming services we use the iPerf measurement tool with which we have sầu the maximum connection speed in each type of network. With this figure we have how far we can reach using the available connections, the final performance will depend on our mạng internet provider, the contracted speed, the distance of our Wi-Fi network, Ethernet cabling & other factors. The results are correct with both the Wi-Fi adapter & we recommend use Wifi 5G if is available.

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As far as the scope of the internal antennas we ran our demo always in the same site và we could see that the reception is not of the most powerful staying only in 54 dBm. It is not advisable to lớn move sầu away this TV-Box from the router if we want the maximum performance, we haven’t suffered big performance issues.

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Bluetooth

The Xiaomày Mi Box has Bluetooth 4.1 that seamlessly connects lớn all the devices that we have sầu linked to lớn it, aước ao them a Xiaomi Mi Mouse Mouse that has allowed us khổng lồ move through the system with its pointer và a Xiaongươi Gamepad that connects without problems. The mặc định remote control with Bluetooth không dây is a must for this device.

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CONTROL SYSTEMSRemote control

The Bluetooth không dây remote that comes with the Xiaomi Mi Box is a mandatory peripheral when using this TV Box since the whole system is based on its use.

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The remote in the settings section can be synchronized, or we can see the battery charge status, this Model goes with two AAA batteries in a side cover.

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The Bluetooth remote has an audio key with which we can perform voice searches in the Android TV system, with this function we find contents & applications.

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Remote control app

We can control the Xiaongươi Mi Box from the Android TV Remote app that we will find on Google Play and can install on any of our devices.

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Games and Gamepad

This Xiaomi Mi Box TV-Box has a good selection of titles in the Google Play store for Android TV, in addition all the games are compatible with the mặc định remote control or they tell us if we need a gamepad. Interestingly some games we tested did not work well with the Xiaomi Gamepad but instead we had no problems with an Xbox 360 Gamepad connected lớn the USB bachồng port. The games works without performance problems in general.

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PERFORMANCE TEST

SOC

In the specifications of the Xiaongươi Mi Box we have an Amxúc tích S905X-H SoC that has four ARM Cortex-53 cores that at most reach 1.5GHz and integrates a Mali-450MP5 GPU with support for the H.265, 10-bit H.265 đoạn Clip codec and also VP9 codec. This device is capable of supporting đoạn phim output at 4K
60fps
thanks lớn the included HDMI 2.0a conector. A hardware that defends itself correctly & allows us to lớn move through the system in a fluid way, applications bởi not have sầu any sudden closure.

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Antutu

With this famous demo we get an idea of the general performance of the device and we can compare it with others. Since this tests changes a lot of scale we can not use it in our graphics.

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Geekbench 4

A new benchmark in SoC testing that offers fairly reliable numbers of CPU’s working in a single core or multiple cores ate the same time, it also has a section of GPU computing that gives us an overall result of the processing capacity.

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3Dmark

The graphical performance test par excellence with a fairly solid continuity in the results which helps us khổng lồ compare the performance of GPU’s historically.

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PCMark

This benchmark tests the device in various scenartiện ích ios of image processing, web browsing & other everyday uses of our device, the results are useful lớn check if you defover well in these areas.

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VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Video format test

We persize the usual video clip tests on the Xiaomi Mi Box & got the same good results as the other boxes that mount a SoC similar khổng lồ the Amxúc tích và ngắn gọn S905H-X, we can play all the usual files without major problems. We have sầu verified that this system does not have sầu any problems playing videos at 1080Phường resolution or also in 4K format encoded with the h.265 or VP9 codecs, this SoC also supports HDR modes with 10 bit of color.

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Test results
H.264 formatMX PlayerKODI
BBB – H.264 8bit – 1080p
25fps – 31 Mbps
CorrectCorrect
The MKV, Blu-ray ISO and BDRemux formats are only containers, inside we can have different codecs, resolutions, audio channels, chapters or subtitles. To play the Blu-ray format menus we need KODI or a compatible program.

Audio format test

Inside the Xiaomày Mi Box we have sầu the Amlô ghích S905X-H SoC that it’s licensed for the use of audio pass through for DD và DTS. For the sound tests we use our Yamaha RXV-577 AV receiver and we verified that we have sầu audio pass through available for DD and DTS 5.1, the results are variable depending on the software that we use although we recommkết thúc to use KODI or MX Player.

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Test results
Formakhổng lồ audioPCM*HDMIOptical
Dolby Digital 5.1CorrectCorrectCorrect
Dolby Digital Plus 7.1CorrectPCMCore
Dolby True HD 7.1CorrectPCMCore
Dolby Atmos 7.1CorrectPCMCore
DTS 5.1CorrectCorrectCorrect
DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1CorrectCoreCore
DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1CorrectCoreCore
DTS-X 7.1CorrectChip Core *Core
PCM – Stereo downphối from DD or DTSbộ vi xử lý Core – Only the core of the format Dolby / DTS is played* Our AV receiver does not tư vấn these native formats but we kiểm tra that it does downphối well

WEB NAVIGATION AND STREAMING

Navigation

Using the Xiaomi Mi Box we can navigate perfectly on the web since it includes on board 2GB of RAM, so the available memory is sufficient, something critical when loading several tabs & that keeps the system from slowing down. We have sầu several browsers khổng lồ install on Google Play, we only need the launch a search.

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DRM

As for security certificates necessary for some paid Streaming apps, we have Google Widevine L1 which allows us lớn play Google platsize contents without difficulty & also has Microsoft Playready.

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YouTube và streaming apps

We have sầu had no problems in using the most usual Online TV Streaming apps although some of them we will have sầu lớn install them from the APK. We verified that the device can play Youtube up khổng lồ 2160p thanks khổng lồ the certificates that this new SoC supports.

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Streaming services with subscription

We vị our battery thử nghiệm as usual on the most popular streaming services to lớn verified if can work correctly, the power of this device is more than enough to lớn see any type of content on this services, although as we know we are limited on the streaming unique for the restrictions of each company.

Streaming serviceVideoAudioPerformance
Netflix4K5.1Correct
Amazon Prime Video4KStereoCorrect
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 * HBO Android APK have sầu problems with frame skipping, you can use Chromecast function.

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