[REVIEW] Xiaomi MiBox (3rd Gen) 4K Android TV Box. Unlimited Entertainment On Your Hand

8/11/2015 Joshua Wong 24 Comments

Xiaomi doesn’t only sell Android smartphones; they also sell others gadgets like Powerbank, Health Band, SmartTV Box (Android based) and much more. They even have CE (Consumer Electronic) like SmartTV(Android based), Air Purifier, Smart Water Purifier and much more.

I’ve just gotten myself a MiBox and it’s the third generation that has uplifted it hardware.

The MiBox (3rd Gen) powered with ARM Cortex A9 Quad-core 2.0 GHz CPU mated with 1GB of RAM and 4GB onboard storage that can be expandable via microSD card. The most important hardware for an Android box is the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) that handle the media playback codec files. MiBox (3rd Gen) uses Mali 450, MP6 + 2 core 600MHz GPU and does support up-to 4K resolutions (3,840 x 2,160)



Do take note, this MiBox not official available locally here in Malaysia. It’s only available in China due to its local contents and licensing. So the power adapter is different and you would need an adapter to change it to local 3-pins plug.




Beautifully Design



The design of this TV Box is very compact roundish square and comes with a hand ergonomic remote control. A HDMI cable and power adaptor comes along with the MiBox.

The back of the MiBox has a full-sized HDMI port, microUSB port, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio stereo jack, full-sized USB port and the power inlet.


Excellent WiFi Signal Receiver, Complete Connectivity & HDMI-CEC Enabled

I’ve used a few Android Box-es before and most of it has a very poor signal receiver. MiBox probably has the most excellent 802.11ac WiFi chip and the signal strength is comparable with any smartphone. This is very important as it allows me to place my MiBox even in my bedroom that apart a floor with the router and yet it still able to connect to the internet and stream movies seamlessly.

It has a full-sized USB where you can connect HDD, flash drive to playback your favourite movies or song and as well others peripherals like keyboard and mouse. The microUSB works with OTG thus you can have a secondary USB port.

MiBox also has Wireless Display that supported most of the Wireless Display Technology such as Miracast, Airplay, DLNA, SMB and WiDi.

MiBox is HDMI-CEC enabled, it can be connected with multiple HDMI-CEC enabled devices and control with single remote control for example TV, Home Theatre and MiBox.




UI and Languages

MiBox has its own UI for the MiBox although its run on Android OS. As mentioned earlier the MiBox are not meant to resell out of China thus it only show Chinese languages. But there is a way to change the language to English without any complicated (where some call it "Jailbreak") and I'll show HOW-TO on my next update.



Because it uses Android OS, there are a lot applications can be installed on it and the entertainments are unlimited. There are a few app like Popcorn Time, VST, MyIPTV, CloudTV, Kodi/XMBC and etc that can play full HD movies and watch live channels from different countries like Hong Kong, US, Taiwan, Singapore and etc.



The MiBox is selling for RMB 299 that convert to ringgit Malaysia is about RM190.

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24 comments:

  1. I can't get a clue, why some of them say Mi-box needed to be jailbreak..What is the meaning?

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    1. Basically the "Jailbreak" mean enable the MiBox to change language and install 3rd party apps.

      There's one more name "root" that allows more access to the OS

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    2. Since Mi-box can easily enable the installation of 3rd party apps, the term "jailbreak" is just too “exaggerate", isn't it?

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    3. Not everyone know how to do so. The word "Jailbreak" everyone know it mean it will do wonder after it. Just a term they use

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  2. Mi-box offer 4k display, but just equipped with HDMI instead of Display port. I just don't know how could this happened?...

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    1. First thing first.

      DisplayPort are not commonly use. HDMI support 4K without any issue with HDMI 1.4 and it support CEC that DisplayPort limited to it.

      HDMI CEC is very important to deliver audio return if you wanted to connect to your amp or maybe sound bar

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  3. I happened to get this box a few days back and lost what to do more expect some apps that are pre-installed by seller. I'm looking forward to your "next update on HOW-TO". When can I expect? Thanks!

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    1. As promised

      http://www.theidealmobile.com/2015/08/this-is-how-to-change-mibox-language-to.html

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  5. hi there, how much usable storage does it have considering it only comes with 4GB?
    any possibilities of installing apps into the microsd card? did u manage to do any 3rd part app installation?

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    1. This would required root. I have yet rooted by mibox. Maybe on my next blogpost :)

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  6. as for popcorn time, can you change the cache folder directory to sd card/usb? the onboard storage is too small for HD streaming based on torrent like popcorn time app

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    1. Unfortunately this is the main problem unless rooted it and enabled the ext. card app installation

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  7. Hi, how can we 'enable the ext.card app'
    Mine came jailbreak-ed and in English.

    Many Thanks

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  8. coming out of the box without any jailbreak, are we able to play any video without copyright issues?

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  9. can this device watch movies and live BPL matches?

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  10. I got the 1st xiaomi's tv box when it launched in Hong Kong back few years ago. Because of the licensing problems it couldn't be used since. My question is that can I root/jailbreak it with any recent root apps? Or, there is any way to recover the oldest version of mibox?
    If I buy the latest generation mibox pro, can it be used in Malaysia or oversea? Thx!

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  11. i assume we can install kodi?

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  12. Hi, I would like to connect Mi Box to Sony Home Theatre system. Unfortunately there is no HDMI In jack at home theatre system (old model). There are Video Out (Component) jacks, Video Out (Video) jack, TV (Audio In R/L) jacks, HDMI Out jack and other SAT/CABLE , Digital and DMPort jacks.

    If there is a HDMI In jack at the home theatre system. Everything will be much easier. Unfortunately there isn't.

    Please advise. Thanks.

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  13. Hi, how can I install google play store. My Mi box do not have google play store.

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  14. Hi! I heard not all channels are available in Malaysia, would you please share what are the channels we are having here? News like CNN and etc? Thanks!

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  15. Hello can you stream video from your android phone via mibox ?

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  16. Netflix support users to watch different movies, sports, news and favorite TV shows, play games, listen their favorite songs at anytime and anywhere. www.tvsmash.com

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