The Mi TV Stick was officially launched globally earlier this month
Xiaomi will launch the Mi TV Stick in India on August 5
The full-HD streaming device runs on Android TV 9 Pie
The device comes with built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast
Mi TV Stick is set to launch in India on August 5, revealed through a teaser posted on the Xiaomi's social media. The new offering, which was launched in Europe earlier this month for EUR 39.99 (approximately Rs. 3,500), will take on the Amazon Fire TV Stick and allow users to stream content directly from services including Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and Netflix. The full-HD streaming device is the second such product to be launched by Xiaomi, after the company introduced the Mi Box 4K in India earlier this year.
Mi TV Stick specifications and features
The Mi TV Stick launch has been announced through a tweet by the company, and is set to take place on August 5. The device comes with a remote that supports voice controls through Google Assistant, as well as Chromecast for use with supported devices. The device is capable of streaming at up to full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) resolution at 60fps, and runs on Android TV 9 Pie. The Google Play store for Android TV is available on the device, allowing users to download and install any of over 5,000 apps available on the platform. This includes popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, as well as games and social media services.
Unlike the Mi Box 4K that was launched in May this year, the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has a small form factor and connects directly into the HDMI port of your TV. The remote of the Mi TV Stick is identical to that of the Mi Box 4K, with hot keys for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video built in. The device can be used to add smart functionality to a non-smart HDMI TV, or improve the software experience on smart televisions that are no longer receiving software updates or do not support key apps and services.
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is priced at EUR 39.99 (approximately Rs. 3,500) in Europe, but could be priced much lower in India, considering that the Ultra-HD capable Mi Box 4K is priced at Rs. 3,499 in India. It's likely that Xiaomi would try to undercut the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which is priced at Rs. 3,999 in India and has similar capabilities and app support to the Mi TV Stick. More details will be revealed on August 5, when Xiaomi launches the product in India.
Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at email@example.com, so do send in