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Xiaomi's $30 Android streamer looks exactly like a phone charger

Richard Lai, @richardlai
January 15, 2015
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In addition to the phablet and headphones announced today, Xiaomi also threw in a little surprise. And by "little" we do mean literally, because this new Mi Box Mini is much smaller than the company's earlier Android streaming devices; it's so small that when it's plugged into the power socket, you'd easily mistake it as a USB phone charger.

Despite the reduced size, this Android 4.4.2-powered device still packs a 1.3GHz quad-Cortex-A7 MediaTek processor, along with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (for the remote control and other accessories) and support for DTS 2.0 plus Dolby Digital Plus. There's HDMI 1.4a for 1080p 3D video output, but unlike its larger, 4K-enabled sibling, the Mi Box Mini doesn't come with any USB port nor microSD slot, so you'll have to rely on the desktop remote installation software to sideload apps.

Gallery: Xiaomi Mi Box Mini | 6 Photos

Considering that folks outside China will miss out on the 1.4 million hours worth of content, the sideloading feature is a must for most of us here. But if you do reside in the area, you'll be able to order a Mi Box Mini for CN¥199 or about $30 on January 20th; and it'll likely be sold out in a matter of seconds.

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