The Mi Box Mini is a compact device that will make your ordinary TV ‘Smart’. It comes with a single HDMI port, all you need to do is connect this Xiaomi Mi box Mini with your HDMI TV and then you will be able to stream media content from other device and also stream online content.

Mi Box Mini Unboxing

Inside the box you will get the Mini Box that actually looks like a charging adapter, you will also get a 1.5m HDMI cable, a Bluetooth remote (with single button cell) and user manual in Chinese.

Design

The box mini looks awesome (very good build quality and finishing) and it will blend well with the surround environment. It is compact and has got a glossy look (white colour). The Mi Box Mini is available in different color option but that hardly makes any sense as the rest of the body is white and the colour part will get hidden once you connect it to the power source.

Xiaomi Mi Box mini unboxing

The remote looks even more attractive, beautifully designed and compact. It comes with 11 keys and gets power from a button cell battery – the battery will last for up to 1 year.

Xiaomi Mi Box mini bluetooth remote

Mi Box Mini Features and Specifications

The Mi Box Mini is powered by MediaTek MTK8685 quad core processor with Mali 450 GPU. It supports H.265 decoder and up to 1080p resolution. It is running Android 4.4 unfortunately without Google services. There is 1GB RAM and 4GB of internal storage space.

This device can play/process multiple video (MOV, TS, FLV, MPEG, MP4, M2TS and MKV),  audio and image files.

Xiaomi Mi Box mini plug

Installation

The process is simple, just connect the HDMI cable from the box to your TV and that’s it. The software is in Chinese – menu and content. You will need to connect the device to your primary network. The WiFi setup process is in Chinese but you can easily guess – you just need to select the WiFi and enter the password.

Xiaomi Mi Box mini HDMI port

There is an option to change the menu / language to English, here are the details on how to do that (you can also check the video review listed below). Process is simple you need to enabled APK and then install the special APK file to enable English option. But even after you change the language you will get the menus in English, the content will still be in Chinese.

For International users

International users who are not familiar with Chinese language, at the most can use this device to stream media contents from their smartphone, tablets, laptop and desktop connected on the same network. You need to share the media files on the network and then you can play it via the Mi Box.

That’s the only thing you can do, rest of the online contents are in Chinese. I tried installing Youtube (APK) and for that you need Google services, I tried installing that too but it did not work as Google Services were not supported.

Verdict

The Mi Box Mini looks good and does a pretty decent job, however it comes with limited language functionality. At the most non-Chinese users can do is stream media on the TV, shared on the same network.

Xiaomi Mi Box Mini is available on Banggood for $44.59.

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Mi Box Mini Video Review

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Hi gogi, I have used this one in earlier of Jan. As my opinion this device is hard to use and supporting many apps. Not user friendly. After that I used Sony 4k smart TV. It has pure android, that was too good easy to use. Even my mom can use easily..

  2. Hi Gogi

    Whenever you review product from china , please also mention shipping service used (like free or paid) , shipping amount and also mention custom charges you paid for the product (if any). The info will give us better idea about total cost,

      1. Hi Gogi

        Thanks for your reply. I am curious to know the custom charges you paid as the CIF is costing more than $40 for this item.

        1. For such products that cost just over 30$ and weight less you can ask the sender to attach smaller value invoice. That way you will not need to pay the custom duty – EMS / post limit is different for India ($30) and is higher in China. But better not to buy product where price is over 50$ up to 150$ if high value product use DHL/ fedex etc.

  3. Gogi,will it work to screen mirroring from my Rn3 to play games on my dumb tv, but it has hdmi.

  4. On question Gogi sir ! How much data approx of internet is used in chromecast or on this one when say I play asphalt 8 or any other offline game but streaming that on tv ?

    1. It won’t use data
      Its same like sharing with xender
      Just here the host is your wifi
      And your box and you are connected

  5. Gogi ji try with google installer apk from mi market or should I give u the link then u can install google apk too.

        1. No when data is shared on same network you are using your local WiFi no internet is used.

    1. If you check the video, all content is in Chinese. The same issue is there with Mi TV also hence it is also not launched in India. They will need to customize it as per Indian users with Indian content unless they do that it makes no sense.

  6. I still think Chromecast 2 is better option because it is true Google product and well tested ;now Google has also released @ 3
    3k in India officially 2-3 days ago