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Looks promising.With the Mi TV Stick, Xiaomi is rolling out a budget Android TV streaming solution that takes on Amazon's Fire TV Stick and the Chromecast. Featuring the same internal hardware as the 4K-enabled Mi Box S and a great remote, the Mi TV Stick could just be the best Android TV box for under $50.www.androidcentral.com
Coming to the hardware side of things, the Mi TV Stick is powered by a chipset that has four Cortex A53 cores, and you also get 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for installing apps from the Play Store and storing local content. The dongle has Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, and I didn't face any issues with Wi-Fi during my usage.
Xiaomi also bundles the same remote as the 4K-enabled Mi Box S, and it is one of the best remotes you'll find on a streaming box that costs less than $50. The remote has a button for invoking Google Assistant, a D-pad for navigation, back, home, and menu buttons, volume controls, and dedicated buttons for Netflix and Prime Video.
I've used the first-gen Mi Box and the Mi Box S for several years, so I know what Xiaomi has to offer in this category. In day-to-day use, the Mi TV Stick is just as fluid as the Mi Box S, and that's because the hardware is nearly identical here. The Mi Box S has 2GB of RAM, but it uses the same chipset.
While there was some lag initially on the Mi TV Stick, there was an out-of-the-box update that fixed the issue. I watched a lot of videos on YouTube and streamed the second season of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, and I did not face any issues with content playback. I consistently got 1080p video and did not see any lag within Netflix's interface at all.
Using the Mi TV Stick reminded me of Xiaomi's budget Mi TVs. Xiaomi uses a similar chipset and 1GB of memory there as well, so the brand clearly knows how to optimize the hardware to deliver a lag-free usage experience.
* The Mi TV Stick doesn't have any drawbacks. By limiting the Mi TV Stick to 1080p, Xiaomi eliminated the one issue that plagued the Mi Box S. The hardware on offer doesn't really handle 4K, so it was a smart move by Xiaomi to focus on 1080p streaming here.
Yes, I've never had issues with my 3 and S either. I've had numerous issues on the Dstv Now app which I also think the boxes have unfairly been blamed for.
I think if you had one of the first 3 devices, running the original firmware, you'd know what I meant. It was very buggy. Check the early hundred or so pages of this thread.
Hectic. You are one of the lucky ones. Most of this thread was dedicated to solving wifi issues for quite some time. The solution was a usb-to-lan adapter...
I also imported my mibox 3 after the launch and never had WiFi issues. (My router was next to my mibox)
Main issue was the remote losing Bluetooth connection. A restart sorts it out, nowadays once it’s starts acting up, I just unpair and pair again.