New Delhi: In its first participation at Google's annual developers conference - Google I/O 2016- Xiaomi announced its collaboration with the search giant for the launch of a new Mi Box.
The Mi Box is a 4K UHD set-top box powered by Android TV 6.0. It is a sleek device that comes loaded with a host of content including movies, shows and games from Google Play, YouTube, and other such apps.
It supports video content playback at 60 frames per second, the HDR10 standard (to be enabled from Android N onwards), and the updated HDMI 2.0a specification.
The Mi Box further comes equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali 450 GPU, 2 GB DDR3 RAM and 8 GB eMMC flash. Users have the option to expand storage as much as needed via USB. Audio is supported with Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Surround Sound.
It also has built-in Google Cast technology that lets users easily cast TV shows, movies, music and games from their mobile device to the big screen. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control that supports voice search and commands. Users can change channels, go directly to a TV show or movie, do Web searches, and launch apps by just speaking into the remote.
Separately, a Mi Game Controller will also be made available which supports Mi Box and any Android device.
Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global said, "This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US. I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room."
The set-top box is also Xiaomi's first device with Android TV and will be made available to consumers in the US first followed by other global markets.
At the Google I/O 2016, Google VP Clay Bavor also announced that China-based Xiaomi will be one of its first Android partners to support the Daydream VR Platform - a platform for high performance mobile VR, built atop the latest Android N.
The Google I/O 2016 kick started on May 18 and will run till May 20.