Xiaomi Mi Box

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Xiaomi Mi Box S
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Manufacturer Xiaomi
Released October 22, 2018
OS Android TV (initially installed with Android TV 8.1 "Oreo")
CPU ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core @ up to 2.0 GHz
Storage 8 GB internal
RAM 2 GB DDR3 RAM
Display Full HD (1080p) @ 60 fps and 4K Ultra HD (2160p) @ 60 fps
Graphics ARM 5-core Mali-450MP GPU
Connectivity HDMI 2.0a supporting 4K UltraHD @ 24/25/30/50/60 Hz video output (with (HDMI-CEC, HDCP 2.2, 10-bit color & HDR10 / Rec. 2020 HDR) and 24-bit/192 kHz audio output in 5.1 or 7.1, Bluetooth 4.2/LE+EDR, 1 x USB 2.0 (Type A), Dual-Band WiFi (802.11ac 2×2 MIMO)
Dimensions 101 x 101 x 19.5 mm
Xiaomi Mi Box
Xiaomi Mi Box 2016.png
Manufacturer Xiaomi
Released October 3, 2016
OS Android TV (initially installed with Android TV 6.0 "Marshmallow")
CPU ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core @ up to 2.0 GHz
Storage 8 GB internal
RAM 2 GB DDR3 RAM
Display Full HD (1080p) @ 60 fps and 4K Ultra HD (2160p) @ 60 fps
Graphics ARM 5-core Mali-450MP GPU
Connectivity HDMI 2.0a supporting 4K UltraHD @ 24/25/30/50/60 Hz video output (with (HDMI-CEC, HDCP 2.2, 10-bit color & HDR10 / Rec. 2020 HDR) and 24-bit/192 kHz audio output in 5.1 or 7.1, Bluetooth 4.0/BLE, 1 x USB 2.0 (Type A), Dual-Band WiFi (802.11ac 2×2 MIMO)
Dimensions 95 x 95 x 17 mm

Xiaomi Mi Box and Xiaomi Mi Box S from Xiaomi here specifically refers to the 2016 released Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV 6.0 and its successor the Xiaomi Mi Box S released in 2018 with Android TV 8.1, both includes a bluetooth voice remote with microphone for Google Assistant support. This is an affordable 4K UltraHD (2160p) resolution capable Android TV box based on Amlogic S905X SoC that as of yet, as an Android TV box, Xiaomi have given the impression that the firmware for these two boxes will be better maintained and supported in the long-run than most other Android TV boxes out there.

Note! Both that first Xiaomi Mi Box released in 2016 and its successor Xiaomi Mi Box S from Xiaomi are targeting an international/global market and was both developed in partnership with Google's own Android TV team, and since their release they have inofficially replaced Google's own Nexus series of boxes. Xiaomi had before that released and still have also a whole series of other Android TV boxes made for the Chinese market that also called "Xiaomi Mi Box" (still being sold as Xiaomi Mi Box Enhanced / Xiaomi Mi Box Pro / Xiaomi Mi Box 3 / Xiaomi Mi Box 4), and while the hardware of those boxes made for the Chinese market are similar they have other firmware which do not include Google Play services support and will not be covered in this article.

Running the Android TV6.0 operating system or later on a Amlogic S905X SoC (System on Chip), the Xiaomi Mi Box and Xiaomi Mi Box S comes with remote friendly versions of Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, HBO, UltraFlix, Fox, Sling TV, Google Play Movies, and other video service clients, with many supporting videos in native 4K Ultra HD (2160p) resolution at up to 60 frames-per-second and HDR. The Android TV platform delivers good conversational voice search for the native Android TV (leanback) app via an integrated microphone inside the included game controller. These features of Android TV with Google Play support combined with good hardware and firmware makes it a very good convergence device when pairing with Kodi for media playback.


1 Installing Kodi

Normal "vanilla" builds of Kodi should run just fine on the Mi Box.

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2 Launching Android apps within Kodi

Skins like Amber allow you place custom shortcuts on the main menu for an Android apps as favorites.

Android apps can be launched from within Kodi by going to Programs -> Android programs. It is even possible to launch Android apps from shortcuts on the main menu for skins that supports custom home items.

3 Controls

You can use standard Bluetooth accessories, such as a wireless keyboard, mouse, or game controller.

3.1 Bluetooth remote

  • Xiaomi Mi Box Remote.
  • Other standard Bluetooth remotes (such as the Amazon Fire TV replacement remote) can be paired and should also work.

3.2 Bluetooth Gamepads

  • Xiaomi Mi Game Controller

3.3 CEC

Generic Android-level CEC support is available on the Android TV platform, however Kodi will not see a CEC device directly, but instead just treat the it like generic input.

3.4 USB

USB port allows for various additional remote types, such as FLIRC IR dongle, various RF dongles, etc. Most of these devices will likely show up as a keyboard type input.

3.5 Other bluetooth devices

It should be possible to pair other bluetooth controllers and remotes to the Xiaomi Mi Box. Most of these devices will likely show up as a keyboard type input.

4 Random notes

Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.

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5 References

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6 Forum Links

7 See also

8 External Links