Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Pro with 8K support launched
Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Pro, a new streaming device with support for 8K video decoding, was launched in China. The gearbox is priced at CNY 399 (roughly Rs. 4,500) and will only be available in China for now and the company does not announce any plans to launch the new product in global markets including India. The Mi Box 4S Pro is part of the same product range that includes the Mi Box 4K, which launched in India earlier this year for Rs. 3,499.
Price of Mi Box 4S Pro versus the competition
Priced at CNY 399 (approximately Rs 4,500), the Mi Box 4S Pro it’s just a little bit more expensive than My 4K box and it comes with significantly improved features. Support for 8K video decoding gives the device a significant advantage over competing devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the Apple TV 4K, as well as on the Mi Box 4K itself.
Mi Box 4S Pro Specifications and Features
The key feature of the Mi Box 4S Pro is 8K video decoding, which is not available on any other popular streaming device at the moment. Although it is not exactly clear how this will work for now, it is likely that the Mi Box 4S Pro can play locally available 8K video content on a compatible TV. For now, none of the major streaming services offer content in 8K resolution, so not much more can be done with this feature.
The Mi Box 4S Pro runs MIUI for TV, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for apps and app data. Any global version of the device will likely ship with Android TV and not MIUI for TV, similar to the Mi Box 4K in India. That said, this device’s specific feature set is unlikely to have much global appeal for now, given that 8K TVs are quite expensive and 8K content is not widely available.