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Xiaomi returns with an Android TV box, more efficient and still as accessible


Nathan Le Gohlisse

Hardware Specialist

June 15, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

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Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Max © © Xiaomi

© Xiaomi

Mi Box 4S Max is the name of the new android tv box 4K. Presented in China by Xiaomi, and available only locally in the immediate future, the latter relies on an interesting configuration despite a price of less than 100 euros.

Announced in China last week, the Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Max is a new 4K Android box that could deserve our attention… if by chance it were to land in Europe.

A new box rather well endowed…

Reserved for the Chinese market for the time being, the latter relies on an Amlogic S905X3 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (eMMC). Well known to TV box enthusiasts, this chip engraved in 12 nm includes 4 Cortex A55 cores and a Mali-G31 MP2 graphics part.

Rather well equipped, this new Mi Box 4S Max does not, however, have the certifications required to access the best playback qualities on streaming platforms (YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, etc.). A problem that it will have to solve in the event of marketing in our latitudes. It also relies on a VPU supporting HDR, but not the AV1 codec, which is however becoming more and more common on the market (YouTube and Netflix have been using it for several months now).

Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Max-2 © © Xiaomi

© Xiaomi

…despite some shortcomings

For the rest, the Mi Box 4S Max is limited to Wi-Fi 5 and is content with a somewhat succinct connection, centered on a USB-A 3.0 input and an HDMI 2.1 output offering 4K HDR at 60 Hz, but also 8K… at least on paper, note Android PC TV.

On the other hand, we can count on Android 11 and the MiUI for TV overlay and on a Bluetooth remote control including a microphone compatible with Google Assistant. Support for Dolby and DTS Audio standards is also announced. No Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos certification, however, the latter being mainly intended for Western markets.

Currently, the Mi Box 4S Max is available for import on Aliexpress for 90 euros. However, it will be the Chinese version of the device which currently lacks relevance for use in Europe. Fingers crossed that this product arrives with us through official channels… and with the right certificates.

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