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Xiaomi's Android TV box showed up at a Walmart for $69

A wild Mi Box appears!
Cherlynn Low, @cherlynnlow
September 23, 2016
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It looks like you may be able to check out Google's Android TV soon. Since Xiaomi's Mi Box was announced at Google I/O this year, multiple reports have speculated that the company's set top box will be available for a sub-$100 price soon. It appears those guesses may have been true: some Mi Box units have been reportedly spotted at Walmart going for just $69.

According to a picture posted by Twitter user George Garrett, at least three units of the Mi Box were just chilling out on a Walmart shelf. We don't yet know exactly which outlet of the store this was. The Android-powered set top box will support 4K content at 60 frames per second, HDR video and Google Cast. The latter lets you stream media from your phone, tablet or laptop to your TV. Thanks to its onboard quad-core chip and graphics processor, as well as the Android TV 6.0 software, you'll also be able to play games pretty decently.

The Mi Box will also ship with a Bluetooth remote control that will support voice commands, and a gaming controller will also be available for you to more intuitively play games with.

Xiaomi has yet to formally announce the Mi Box's price and availability, and we've reached out to the company for comment. Until we hear back though, the picture seems to be genuine and may actually reflect the eventual price of the device. If so, it certainly is a more affordable option than Amazon's Fire TV, the Roku 4 and the Apple TV, which could make it a compelling alternative.

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