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Xiaomi Mi Box 4K vs FireTV Stick 4K vs Chromecast 3rd-gen: It all boils down to value

We compare Xiaomi’s brand new Mi Box 4K streaming device with the Amazon FireTV Stick 4K and Google Chromecast 3rd generation.
We compare Xiaomi’s brand new Mi Box 4K streaming device with the Amazon FireTV Stick 4K and Google Chromecast 3rd generation. (Xiaomi)

While the ultimate goal is to make any TV ‘smart’, it is important to compare the device with its competitors that are there in India

Xiaomi has just unveiled its Mi Box 4K streaming device in India in a bid to reach millions of those who are stuck with 'dumb' TVs. Although the Chinese tech firm has a strong line of Mi smart TVs in the country, living up to its 'affordable' tag, the company's Mi Box 4K at 3,999 seems to be worth it, at least on the paper. But while the ultimate goal is to make any TV 'smart', it is important to compare the device with its rivals that exist in India. We are talking about the Amazon FireTV Stick 4K and Google Chromecast 3rd generation that are officially available in the country.

Of course, we start with the pricing

Pricing is the key factor for Indians when it comes to buying anything. And streaming devices are no different. You get the Google Chromecast 3rd-gen at 3,490, while the FireTV Stick 4K is currently listed at 5,999. The new Mi Box 4K arrives at 4,999 but if you are buying it from 12th May to 17th May, you can get it in 3,999. However, as we all know, price is not the only deciding factor, specs also have a story of their own.

Xiaomi Mi Box 4K
Xiaomi Mi Box 4K (Xiaomi)

The spec battle of streaming devices

The 148-gram Mi Box 4K can deliver 4K video output besides 1080i/p, 576i/p and 480i/p at up to 60Hz. Powering it is a Cortex-A53 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz along with Mali 450 GPU at 750MHz, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC storage. You also get support for WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2, HDMI 2.0b, USB 2.0 and digital out. Adding to the list are Dolby Audio, DTS 2.0 and some important video codec support including MOV, MP4, AVI and MKV.

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