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Hi, Habr! Not so long ago came a new TV set-top box from Xiaomày, which was called Mi Box S. Today’s article is a Review of this console và a comparison with its “predecessor”. Look under the cat!
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Introduction

Mi Box S is the international version of Mi Box 4, which is a direct continuation of the international version of the set-top box Mi Box 3 . It is distinguished from its predecessor by a modified design và a slight improvement in performance.

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Specifications

First of all, let"s make a small comparison of the consoles:
Mi Box 3 Mi Box S
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CPUAmlô ghích S905X-H. Quad-core Cortex-A53Amsúc tích S905X-H. Quad-core Cortex-A53
GPUMali 450Mali 450
RAM2GB DDR32GB DDR3
Flash8GB eMMC8GB eMMC
OSAndroid TV 6.0 (update by “air” khổng lồ 8.0 is possible )Android TV 8.1
Wi-Fi802.11a / b / g / n / ac; 2.4GHz / 5GHz802.11a / b / g / n / ac; 2.4GHz / 5GHz
Bluetooth4.0 / 3.04.2
PortsPower HDXiaoMi MI 2.0a USB 2.0 Audio output (S / PDIF, headphone)Audio output (S / PDIF, headphones) HDMI 2.0a USB 2.0 Power
EquipmentMi Box Remote Control with Voice Control nguồn Adapter HDXiaoMI Cable DocumentationMi Box Remote Control with Voice Control Power nguồn Adapter HDXiaoMi MI Cable Documentation
As you can see, the difference is not so significant.

Appearance

Like its predecessor, the MDZ-16-AB, the Mi Box S comes in a cardboard box with a bright polygraphy (even the design is similar, only the tones are slightly modified).
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But the similarity of the packages ends there. In the following frames you can see that the unique of the packaging of the new version of the set-top box is significantly inferior to lớn the old one.
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However, we will not focus on the packaging. After removing the kit from the box and removing the protective films and caps, we obtain the following set:
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First of all, let"s compare the attachments. In my opinion, the design of the new Mi Box (MDZ-22-AB on the left và MDZ-16-AB on the right) significantly outperforms the old one. However, this is subjective sầu.
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If you look at them objectively, you can mark the legs. The new version has no rubberized elements, whereas the previous one had a full rubberized insert. Because of this, Mi Box S has an extremely weak grip, however, if desired, this problem can be solved by additionally purchasing rubberized elements on the Internet.
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The ports on the Mi Box S are the same as those of the predecessor. Only arranged in a slightly different order (for the new one - “Power, HDXiaoMI, USB, Audio output”, for the old one - “Audio output, HDXiaoMi MI, USB, Power”).
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Now compare the remote control versions of the MDZ-22-AB (left) and MDZ-16-AB (right). Both consoles are powered by two AAA-batteries (“mizinchikovyh”) & use Bluetooth for their work.As you can see, the new version of the console received additional buttons (“Netflix”, “Live” và “Applications”), a modified color palette và lost a hole for the strap. In my, subjective sầu, look, the new remote control has become more stylish, but at the same time, it has somewhat moved away from minimalism due khổng lồ the optional buttons. Separately, I would like lớn note the quality - the new button has a central button (“Ok”) backlash, while the others vì not have a hint of such a problem. In the old console, the situation is reversed - the central button does not play, và the others have sầu a slight backlash. Perhaps this is just me so lucky. For the rest, both remote controls are quite comfortable & pleasant to lớn hold in your hand.
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Let"s go to the power adapter. It has the following parameters: Input 100-240V 50 / 60Hz 0.3A đầu ra 5.2V == 2.1A
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HDXiaoMI cable, as in Mi Box 3 (MDZ-16-AB), branded. Length 1m.
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The documentation consists of two booklets & a booklet with information in different languages:"Terms of use & Xiaomày policy" (in fact - warranty information); “Product Information” (declaration of conformity, disposal rules, etc.); “Package & installation guide” (illustrations with package and connection rules - HDMI lớn HDXiaoMi MI, power lớn power, etc.).

operating system

The operating system uses Android TV 8.1, the launcher is Google"s Android TV Launcher. Immediately make a digression & say that we should not confuse Android & Android TV. If you don’t particularly go inkhổng lồ details, then as the main distinguishing feature of Android TV, you can highlight a strong bias towards TV (applications, interface, services, management, etc., are adapted for convenient use on TVs).

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trang chủ Screen SetupIn Android TV 8, the setting of the main screen is implemented very well. Customize the screen "by itself" a matter of a few seconds. For example, to lớn add an application to the "favorites", just clichồng on the "+" & make a choice, after which it can be easily moved to lớn the right place.
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Adding feeds is also easy. To vị this, just scroll down the screen và select "Tune channels".
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UpdatesSystem updates fly through the "air". Usually, they are immediately displayed in a separate window, but if this did not happen, you can go to lớn “ Settings
” -> “ About device ” -> “ System update ”.
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Google playSeparately, I want khổng lồ talk about the distinctive features of Google Play on Android TV. As it was possible khổng lồ understand from what was written earlier - in Android TV there is a serious emphasis on the use of TVs. The local Google Play contains only those games and applications that are 100% adapted lớn work on Android TV. Are there many games & applications? Relatively. It all depends on the needs. In my opinion, there are not enough games, but there are more than enough video viewing applications that will satisfy the needs of even the most sophisticated viewer - many Internet cinemas (ivi, tvzavr, Amediateka, okko, Netflix) , “Google Play Movies”, etc.), many individual applications from channels (“CTC-Channel”, “First on Android TV”, “NTV-PLUS TV”, etc.) and just countless number of whole services IPTV.
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Performance tests3 chiều Mark. Ice Storm Extreme v1.2
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GFXBench GL Benchmark
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Other moments

In conclusion, I would like to lớn consider some moments of Android TV, which are often asked in various forums: 1) Are there any problems with the work of YouTube (for example, for some, the application “hangs” at some points, & someone just showed a "green screen" ) on Android TV 8.0? In the case of Mi Box 3, since I updated the prefix to lớn version 8.0, the hang has happened only once or twice. In the case of Mi Box S (Android TV 8.1), I did not observe any problems. However, I vì not exclude that such cases are purely individual. Judging by the forums, some users with this problem did not meet at all, & some were less fortunate, and this became their headabịt. 2) If you connect a keyboard / mouse / gamepad, will they work?Yes. But since Android TV is still created under the TV, the use of keyboard & mouse can seem very unusual (và less convenient than when working with a simple PC). 3) Is Android TV "friendly" with .game android, lượt thích regular Android? Yes.

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Conclusion

To summarize, I want khổng lồ say that Mi Box S, in my opinion, is a good prefix, which only slightly bypasses Mi Box 3 (MDZ-16-AB) and, in fact, has the ability to lớn nâng cấp lớn Android TV 9 ( This is only my opinion, but the likelihood that Mi Box 3 will receive an update at least up to 8.1 is very small). I hope that this Đánh Giá has helped you lớn understvà this issue và to determine whether to switch from Mi Box 3 to S, whether lớn take Mi Box 3 (or S), or to lớn stop your choice on something else.

Prices

(relevant at the time of publication) Mi Box 3 (MDZ-16-AB) is available for $ 55.99 Mi Box S (MDZ-22-AB) is available for $ 89.99