Ever since Amazon Fire TV Stick beat Google Chromecast, it has been the sole and powerful player in the HD and 4K streaming market. Xiaomi, a Chinese manufacturer is coming out with an answer. The Mi TV Stick rivals Fire TV Stick directly which is confirmed by the specifications of the hardware and its aggressive pricing.
The product is now listed on GearBest and AliExpress for people who are interested in importing it to USA or any other part of the world where you live in. The stick from Xiaomi will find an official launch window first in countries like China, India where it has its major user base. It may get launched later in Europe and USA if it proves to be a huge success in their home markets.
The full HD 1080p stick will set you back by $49 which is extremely affordable similar to how Chromecast changed the market in the past. The 4K Mi TV Stick will cost $133 and it is not the confirmed pricing but should be very close to the original price when the product gets officially launched on major websites.
The 4K Mi TV Stick is the most powerful of the two as it is equipped with a 2.0GHz quad core processor with Mali G31 MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The product also has 8GB of storage space while it supports Dolby Audio and DTS surround for a perfect home theater experience. It supports 4K videos and has dedicated buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix on the remote for quick access to your favorite apps.
Based on the information available so far, the Mi TV stick rivals Fire TV stick directly in terms of pricing, hardware and is expected to launch before the end of this month. It will be available in select markets first before a global release.