The new Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Max is a 4K media streaming device that looks very similar to other models the company has released in recent years, but the new model boasts beefier internals.
While most companies still ship media streamers with up to 2GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, the Mi Box 4S Max comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is available now in China for 499 CNY (about $75).
While there’s no word on whether Xiaomi will offer the Mi Box 4S Max globally, it’s not out of the question. While the company is based in China, some of its products are available internationally, and while Xiaomi has a limited presence in the United States, media streamers are a product category of the company Has sold here.
Under the hood, the Mi Box 4S has the same Amlogic S950X3 ARM processor that we’ve seen in a number of other streamers. It’s a quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor with ARM Mali-G31MP2 graphics, which should be good enough to handle 4K video streaming.
In theory, the device also supports 8K video thanks to an HDMI 2.1 port. But the processor will likely struggle with 8K content because, as APCTV points out, the chipset lacks hardware-accelerated support for the AV1 video codec.
But with 4GB of RAM, the device should be able to handle multitasking and other resource-intensive activities. With 64GB of storage, you can install a large number of apps or even store some local media on the device without having to connect an external drive.
Other features include support for WiFi 5, Bluetooth, and a USB 3.0 Type-A port. The box comes with a remote control that has a microphone for voice control. The Mi Box 4S Max measures 95 x 95 x 16 mm (3.74″ x 3.74″ x 0.63″).
The Chinese version of the Mi Box 4S is likely to have limited appeal outside of that country, as it ships with Xiaomi’s Android TV-based software with the MIUI user interface and has limited support for popular video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Youtube . But if Xiaomi releases a global model, it will most likely come with a global version of Google’s smart TV operating system.
via ITHome and APCTV