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Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV full specification and features comparison: How to choose the best Android TV box?

BySigismondo Eisenhower 2019-10-29 13294

Recently, Nvidia launched its new Shield TV products, Nivdia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. Both support Dolby Vision and panoramic sound, and is equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra X1+ processor.

2018, Xiaomi also released Xiaomi Mi Box S Android TV box, with an audio output port and supports 4K HDR media streaming media box. We will compare Xiaomi Mi Box S to Nvidia Shield TV to help you make an informed buying decision.

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV: appearance and design

The Mi Box S has a very basic design: it is just a rectangular box made of plastic with rounded edges. The square design is based on the fact that the heat sink is larger and can dissipate heat from the internal hardware. On the back there are power, audio output, USB drive and HDMI 2.0a ports.

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV 

Nvidia Shield TV is more reminiscent of streaming media, but not exactly. The design is tubular and most similar to the small battery pack made by Anker. It is definitely a place to save more space, specifically for hiding in the line of sight behind the TV.

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV: remote control

Xiaomi Mi Box S get a new remote with a dedicated button (for Netflix) and a call to Google Assistant. With Assistant integration, you can quickly start a TV show or play a video on YouTube by making a voice command. The interface itself is the same interface you can find on any Android TV device, and you can visit the Play Store to download thousands of apps optimized for your TV.

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV​ 


In the design of the remote control, NVIDIA is also not unusual. They chose a triangular column, although it looks a bit strange, but it has a good feel on the hand. It is worth mentioning that the factory has also added a remote locator to the remote control, and it lights up whenever you move the button on the remote control. Finally, for those who like to play games with Shield TV, the new product naturally supports NVIDIA's GeForce Now streaming service. In addition, players who need it can connect any controller to the device via Bluetooth.

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV: hardware

As for the hardware provided, the Mi Box S is powered by the Amlogic S905X SoC, which has four Cortex A53 cores with clock frequencies up to 2.0GHz. There are 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, and if the specs look familiar, it's because they don't change in Mi Box.


Nvidia Shield TV use Tegra X1 + chips and support 4K, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and AI Upscaling. The Nvidia Shield TV Pro has a slightly better specification, with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while the regular Shield TV's 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage are even higher. Enhanced specifications mean that Pro should run more smoothly when playing games locally, while also being able to handle basic tasks better.

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV: specification


Xiaomi Mi box S

Nvidia Shield TV





Cortex-A53 Quad-core 64bit

NVIDIA Tegra X1+



256-core NVIDIA GPU



2 GB





802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz

Bluetooth: 4.2

802.11ac 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0 + LE


Android 8.1

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Voice Assistants

Bluetooth voice remote control

Google Assistant

Amazon Echo



Audio decoder: DOLBY, DTS

Dolby Audio (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos)


Audio Format: MP3, APE, Flac

Audio support: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WAVE, AMR, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, PCM, WMA, WMA-Pro, WMA-Lossless, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD (pass-through), DTS-X (pass-through), and DTS-HD (pass-through)


Video decoder: 4K@60fps, VP9, H.264, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1, Real8/9/10


Up to 4K HDR playback at 60 FPS (H.265/HEVC)

Up to 4K playback at 60 FPS (VP8, VP9, H.264, MPEG1/2)

Up to 1080p playback at 60 FPS (H.263, MJPEG, MPEG4, WMV9/VC1)


Video Format: RM, MOV, VOB, AVI, MKV, TS, Mp4, 3D

Format/Container support: Xvid/ DivX/ASF/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MPEG-TS/MP4/WEB-M


Image decoder: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF


Inter face

HDMI2.0a: 1

USB2.0: 1

Power Interface: 1

Audio Out: 1

Gigabit Ethernet

HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 and CEC support

MicroSD card slot

Xiaomi Mi Box S vs Nvidia Shield TV: how to choose?

If you find an cost-effective Android TV box which supports streaming media and play large files over your network with KODI or Plex. Xiaomi Mi Box S is a good choice for you.

And you more like playing real games and enjoy Dolby Atoms music, Nvidia Shield TV can work well.

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