Latest and Greatest from Xiaomi:
- Android 8.1 operation system
- Cortex A53 CPU, quad core
- Mali 450 GPU
- 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz dual band WiFi
- 2GB RAM + 8GB ROM
Don't forget Cashrewards
It was $79 from here
That deal was very limited amounts, so wouldn't really classify it as a deal
Mi Box for how good it is, the Vodafone TV for $72 is still a better deal, hopefully Vodafone release android 8.1 for it
8.1 sucks on Android TV. Better off not getting the update.
The only thing i was not really a fan of in 8 is the layout, but it works better then 7 once your used to it
There’s no way to exit apps anymore either without going into settings.
@PainToad: back button exits the app, and you can hold down the home button to kill of apps, and for extreme hold the power to reset the box
Sells for $49.99USD at Walmart in the US so dont know how special this price is.
Gearbest is usually useless. You get stuff cheaper at ebay Australia.
and easier to get refunds if not delivered within specified time.
I don't think its gearbest, its Xiaomi raising their prices
Does anyone know how to convert this into something similar to the moonbox so its able to watch TVB and Live TV from Asia?
You'd possibly be able to install the Android apps that box uses. I'd recommend researching that.
Hardware and base software wise, this is a far superior device.
This has OS 8.1. It is riddled with bugs. Vodafone TV with OS 7.1 is miles better
Is Vodafone tv locked at all?
What do you mean by locked? It is a TV box and not a mobile phone. It uses wifi.
Locked as in prevent you from installing 3rd party appz
@Homr: yes it's locked. No Amazon video, very limited media player apps, not even chrome browser. Sideloading works for some apps, but app icon will not show up on home page. Wish there's a way to flash it with plain Android and let me install whatever i want.
@pitpicker: Aren't Android TV and Android completely different things?
@joeflacco: Different UI running on the same base OS. But yes they are different.
@joeflacco: Yes one is for TV and has netflix certification to play in 4K and another is Tablet OS on TV
@pitpicker: Can you install Plex on it?
I thought I read that you can install plex from google App Store.
@karazy: I've got the Voda box. You can install Plex on it straight from the app store but I haven't tried it. Amazon video is only officially available for the nvidia Shield, no other Android TV boxes have it. You can side-load but it's a little patchy. I found one particular apk that works, and even in it the sound is a little glitchy. I've also had a few issues with AC3 pass-through to my amp. Works fine in Netflix, but doesn't work at all in Kodi. At the moment I'm tossing up just coughing up for a Shield for better Amazon video support, but want to confirm AC3 pass-through works in Kodi first.
@junkmark: Thanks. Going to get a Voda box for my dad for Christmas and load plex. Needs to be parent proof. Didn’t want to have to side load apps etc.
@karazy: You can install plex client, or kodi with plex plug in
@karazy: Yes you can install Plex on it.
@pitpicker: You can side load any android app
@asa79: Yes you can sideload lots of apps, but not all work. For example, some of the TV apps need to be forced to landscape and even then they don't work properly. iView used to need this, haven't tried for a while. Some are no good without proper touch input. Yes there are the catch up aus tv apps, but they are not perfect either (e.g. the SBS one used to be really slow). Lots of browsers have trouble too without a proper mouse and various other issues with display optimisation.
So yes, you can sideload anything, but using it without a stack of kludgy fixes may be another question. Sounds like "you have no idea by the sound".
Not locked. Only thing you cant change at moment is watermark, but i'm sure you can install a custom firmware to remove that
Pretty sure this is in Googles new scheme to get the latest updates in a timely fashion as it's pretty much stock.
Is the Amazon Fire TV Stick a decent alternative to this?
The Fire Stick sold in Australia is rubbish.
The Fire Stick 4K is a solid alternative, but keep in mind Amazon's ecosystem is less flexible than Android TV.
Only if you import a 4k, supposedly the basic is missing alot of features
Is this good for 4K files?
Yep. Mine has handled everything I have thrown at it. No worries.
Yes for x265/HEVC and VP9, just keep in mind that for really high bitrate stuff, Wi-Fi speed may present as a bottleneck.
It can do netflix 4k out of the box
I'm not sure why these deals always get so hot. The reviews of the new model aren't very good. Seems like the Amazon Fire Stick or Nvidia Shield are much better bets.
Amazon Fire 4K not available in Australia and Nvidia Shield double to triple this price (So for that price you would expect it to be better)
I owned mibox 3 and Nvidia Shield TV. Once you tried Nvidia Shield TV, you never go back to Mi box.
Except when you want to watch HDR content on YouTube, or upcoming AV1 content from a multitude of providers, or basically any codec advancements from the last 2 years.
The Shield has some powerful hardware on-board, but it's 4 years old.
liz hurley is 50+ yrs old but comes but better than some 40 yrs olds …
with tech it's not about age, its about the quality of the software and companies commitment to keep updating software on certain, sometimes aged, platforms.
It literally is unable to support VP9 and AV1, which means it'll need a replacement next year.
I would of thought that would of improved with android TV 8 update?
Solid product, terrible price.
Considering its still a relatively new product, I wouldn't say the price is terrible. It's a decent price considering you'd pay the same for a Google Chromecast Ultra but this has mroe features
Walmart sell these in the US for US$50 (AU$76 with GST), sometimes bundled with a Google Home Mini.
.. Luckily we live in America with a Walmart on every corner….
@andrgram: All I'm saying is this isn't really a bargain unless it's below $80.
You forgetting the tax as well
@asa79: I'm not, at all.
@jasswolf: and also that walmart wont deliver to Australia for free
@asa79: I'm establishing the current price point. Here's a quick check on AliExpress:
With cashback and first-time user code, that would $83. Even without the first-user code, it would still be $88, and I consider that overpriced, though that is direct from Xiaomi.
You've also completely skipped over that this item has been regularly priced under $80 for Australian orders. Find someone else to bother please.
Anyone picked this up for an upgrade over the MB3 and have any feedback?
They're basically identical, so stick with the MB3.
May worth a look https://youtu.be/on5I4KJfulw
interesting point about android tv 9 being released in Dec
Friends please advise if I already have a smart TV then what's the need of this
If you have a Sony android smart TV, no you dont need it.
if you have any of the other brands you are locked into their eco system, and some dont allow for the kodi app
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