02 July 2020
UPDATE (May 27th, 2020):
A couple of weeks later, Xiaomi Germany has released an official Mi TV Stick teaser during a local launch event. The teaser image not only shows the stick itself but also a remote control. It confirms that the Mi TV Stick will run Android TV as the remote features a dedicated Google Assistant button. Similar physical buttons can also be seen for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video streaming apps.
Original (May 14th, 2020)
Xiaomi is apparently gearing up to launch Mi TV Stick soon as a listing spotted on GearBest poses a hint. The Mi Stick is listed for $80 but this could just be a placeholder for now and may change when the time of its availability comes nearer.
Now, referring to the listing spotted on Gearbest, we can tell with what specifications the alleged Mi TV Stick is coming with. The portion of the listing where HDMI 2.0 is mentioned calls the device “Mi Box S.” So, it looks like the upcoming Mi TV Stick will include the same package which is found in the Mi Box S as well. This means the stick may feature the Y2 version of the Amlogic S905 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 8GB storage, and a Mali-G31 GPU.
The listing also shows 4K HDR support, DTS-HD and Dolby Stereo Sound, and dual-band Wi-Fi. Furthermore, it is also mentioned that the Mi TV Stick has Google Assistant and Netflix support as well.
Take the listing of these specifications with a grain of salt as it can change in the near future. With the same package and tiny form factor, the Mi TV Stick carries a price tag higher than the Mi TV Box S which looks doubtful. So, let’s just wait for more information to come.
Mi TV Stick, Xiaomi aims to jump into Android TV dongle space as well. Android TV sticks or dongles are one of the cheaper ways to make your non-smart TVs smart and more functional. They are tiny USB-sized HDMI dongle that runs on Android OS. You just have to plug them directly into your TV and enjoy streaming after easy setup. This is the quickest way to deploy all the fun that Android TVs carry to customers with the non-smart TVs in the cheapest way possible.