Xiaomi has announced the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K, a streaming device similar in shape and size to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Roku’s Streaming Stick 4K+. The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K is an upgrade to the Mi TV Stick released two years ago.
The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K adds 4K Ultra HD resolution up from 1080 Full HD of the base model, 2GB of RAM up from 1GB of RAM and is now updated to Android 11 from Android 9. Xiaomi has also added Dolby Vision which is regarded as the gold standard in HDR picture quality. This streaming stick keeps Dolby Atmos and DTS HD audio standards much like the Mi TV Stick. Your Smart TV must also have a 4K resolution and support Dolby Vision to take full advantage of these features.
In an unexpected turn of events, this streaming stick is powered by the classic Android TV interface instead of the newer Google TV interface. Google TV is a new smart TV experience that first shipped with the Google Chromecast in 2020 and is now available in some TCL, Sony and Hisense Smart TV models. I own the Mi Box S 4K which runs on classic Android TV and the latest Chromecast with Google TV. From my observation, it appears Google is putting more effort in Google TV more than classic Android TV. If you’re buying an Android streaming device or Smart TV, I would highly recommend you go with those running on Google TV.
The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K packs all the Android TV goodies you would expect; Chromecast built-in for casting and sharing media to the big screen, Google Assistant for voice control, over 7,000+ Apps from the Google Play store, and wide variety of streaming services such as Netflix, Youtube, Disney+, Prime video, Hulu, HBO Max, Apple TV+, ShowMax, DStv, Pluto TV, Tubi, Plex, Peacoock, Crackle and many more.
Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Price and Availability
Xiaomi hasn’t announced the pricing and availability of this streaming stick except listing its features and specs on its global website. However, we expect this streaming stick to be cheaper than the base model and at the same price point with the Google Chromecast, Roku and Amazon alternatives. That should be somewhere around the $50 price point. The device is expected to be globally available sometime early next year. We shall update this post we get the details.
Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Specs
Dimensions: 106.8 x 29.4 x 15.4 mm
CPU: Quad-core Cortex-A35
GPU: Mali-G31 MP2
Operating System: Android TV 11
Wi-Fi bands: 2.4GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Video decoder: AV1, VP9, H.265, H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-1
Audio decoder: DTS HD, Dolby Atmos
Ports: HDMI, Micro USB