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xiaomi mi box

Android TV might not have captured the headlines as much as Apple TV in the last few months, but it's still very much a player in the battle for your lounge. And now it has a new recruit: Xiaomi, the Chinese firm that makes highly affordable smartphones.

The Xiaomi Mi Box is a standard streaming box that sits under your telly. It's capable of streaming 4K footage at 60 frames per second, which is much higher quality than the latest Apple TV.

It's not the first box to stream in 4K. The latest Amazon Fire TV is also capable of 4K output, for example. But it's another alternative that outguns Apple's box of tricks.

Inside is a 2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage. It has its own optional controller that looks quite a lot like that of an Xbox One. Which should help playing the thousands of games on offer from Google Play.

It comes with a more standard TV controller that supports voice input. Plus you can use Google Cast from your smartphone and beam content to the big screen.

It's likely to launch in the US before the UK, but there's no word on when that will be. We'll keep you posted.

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