A new compact device will give your old or even new TV a new life. This is Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, which is built on a pure or stock OS system and Chromecast.
The first thing that many users will pay attention to is, of course, price tag. Another important feature is its compact and small size. You can get a small device that doesn’t take up much space. For example, you went on vacation and in your hotel, you can connect the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick to TV to watch Youtube videos through your Google account.
Let’s check out each feature in a detailed review and find out what the device is capable of in real life.
CPU: Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHZ
GPU: ARM Mali 450
External Hard Drives: not support
OS: Android TV 9
Interface: HDMI and MicroUSB
Size: 95 x 35 x 20 mm
Weight: 85 g
Like the older model Xiaomi Mi Box S, the new Mi TV Stick comes in a small orange box. On the front of the box, there is a drawing of the device itself, and in the lower part, there are icons with the main features.
Inside the box, each item is packed well. Here you can find the device itself, power adapter, Micro USB cable, and remote control.
The compact size will allow you to put the device in your jeans pocket and use it elsewhere outside your home.
On the other hand, thanks to its small size, you can make your TV smart. At the same time, without spoiling the appearance of your interior. Since Mi TV Stick connects to the back panel via a standard HDMI connector.
If your TV supports USB, then you can not use the adapter for power. To do this, you need to connect one cable to the Micro USB connector on the Mi TV Stick and the other to the USB-A connector on your TV. Thus, the device will not spoil the appearance of the TV with any wires.
Of course, the physical dimensions are not as small as in a modern flash drive, but they are not as huge as in a standard TV box. The Mi TV Stick is 92.4 x 30.2 x 15.2 mm in size and weighs about 85 grams.
The device is made in a combination of matte and glossy plastic. There is the Mi logo on the left side of the front. There is a Micro USB port for power on the side.
The build quality of the Mi TV Stick is pretty high. All gaps are made evenly. The Mi TV Stick is very similar to the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Now a little about the remote control. The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick comes with a standard remote like most other devices like TV boxes or TVs. There are a small number of buttons here, such as power on, control up, down, right, left, voice control, menu, volume level, as well as two shortcuts Netflix and Prime Video.
A quad-core Cortex-A53 processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz is responsible for the performance of the compact Xiaomi Mi TV Stick. Judging by the work of the user interface, the chipset is not the most productive.
The ARM Mali 450 graphics accelerator shows good results even in games. But to call the device a gaming device is very difficult. Yes, you can run simple games, but it won’t take long to play them.
During long and heavy tasks, the body of the device will get quite hot and after half an hour of playing, the overheating protection will work. This is not surprising since the device does not have any active cooling.
In addition, the Mi TV Stick received 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory in eMMC format. As for a modern user, these are very weak indicators but do not forget about the price and, most importantly, the small dimensions.
Some benchmark tests shows that the performance indicators are similar to those of the Snapdragon 800 processor.
Another feature of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the stock software, namely Android TV, which is based on Android 9. The same OS is used on the global version of the TV box, for example, Xiaomi Mi TV Box S.
The user interface is divided into categories where you can customize any application to your liking. For example, the first cell has a number of useful and commonly used applications.
In addition, the software has many useful applications from Google. Here you can find already pre-installed Youtube, Google Play Store, and other applications.
The device also received a built-in Chromecast. Thanks to it, you can easily show any video, games through your mobile device.
The maximum video resolution is only 1080p, so any streaming will only be available in Full HD resolution. Of course, I would like to get 4K resolution, but I think that in a generation – this opportunity will be available.
During tests the 1080p video on Youtube played smoothly and the picture quality was top notch.
It is worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has received a dual Wi-Fi network, so the data transfer rate with a frequency of 5 GHz will be at a high level. And with a frequency of 2.4 GHz, the signal will keep stable even at a big distance from the source.
The device uses a Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connection. You can easily hook up a wireless joystick and was able to play a few simple games.
In addition, wireless headphones or speakers can be connected via Bluetooth. The Mi TV Stick has DOLBY and DTS audio codecs. During activation, these codecs really work and transmit a fairly rich and high-quality sound.
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is a versatile device suitable for simple and uncomplicated tasks. The main feature is a compact and small size which will not spoil the look of your interior.
Build quality and materials are good. But even without flaws, the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick was not without. For example, the device received only a MicroUSB port for charging, during heavy loads the device will slightly heat up.
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