Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Review - Brings Android TV to old TVs
Streaming sticks are the ideal solution for providing older televisions with a subsequent Smart TV upgrade. The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is a particularly inexpensive stick that is particularly promising with Android TV and integrated Chromecast function.
In the following test, we took a closer look at the smart streaming solution and also compared it directly with the competition from Amazon - the Fire TV Stick.
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Processor and memory
CPU: Amlogic S805Y
RAM: 1GB DDR3
Internal memory: 8GB
Memory extension: no
HDMI: 1x HDMI 2.0
USB: 1x micro USB (power)
WiFi: Dual Band AC (802.11a / b / g / n / ac)
Bluetooth: Standard 4.2
Video - Audio
Video resolution: up to 1080p 60fps
Video codecs: VP9-10, H.265, H.264, VC-1, MPEG1 / 2/4 and Real8 / 9/10
Video formats: RM, MOV, VOB, AVI, MKV, TS and MP4
Audiocodecs: DOLBY, DTS
Audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, OGG
OS: Android TV 9
Size: 9.24 x 3.20 x 1.52 cm
Test: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick
Xiaomi has arrived on the European market and in mid-July 2020 as part of the "Xiaomi Ecosystem Product Launch" presented many new products. The Chinese electronics giant has the specially for the western market Xiaomi Mi TV Stick featured in the Price range up to 40 euros competes.
Design and workmanship
The design of a streaming stick usually doesn't play a big role, because after unpacking it usually disappears right behind the television. In the case of the Xiaomi TV Stick, however, we have to go into more detail about the design. Especially when it comes to the case.
With 15 millimeters the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is comparatively thick. At the same time the HDMI connector is with 6 millimeters got a little short. Connector lengths of 8 millimeters are common. Problems can arise depending on how close the TV's HDMI inputs are to one another or how far the connections protrude into the housing. For the test, the stick was connected to a Samsung and a Philips television. On the Philips television, the HDMI connections were so close to the edge of the housing that the stick only fit in the middle entrance. On the Samsung TV, the stick did not protrude deep enough into the housing that there were contact problems.
Xiaomi is aware of the problem and has adjusted the scope of delivery accordingly. The What's in the box our test device, which we received at the beginning of October, now also includes a HDMI extension cable, although it is not listed as part of the scope of delivery. This cable was not included with the release version!
The Remote Controlwhich, in contrast to the release version, rattles less and is provided with pleasant rubberized keys instead of hard plastic keys. The remote control of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick largely corresponds to the remote control of the Xiaomi Mi Box S. The "Live" button was replaced by a "Prime Video" button replaced and the logo of the voice assistant adapted to the new Google Assistant. Here both remote controls side by side:
By the way, that enables HDMI-CEC Compatibility also a control of the stick with the TV remote control. However, the special or quick access buttons (Netflix, Prime & Google Assistant) that cannot be transferred to the TV remote control are also lost.
The stick is based on one Amlogic S805Y System-on-Chip (SoC)that was specially designed for inexpensive streaming sticks. Although the S805Y SoC is one of the newer Amlogic chip solutions, it is largely based on the 5-year-old Amlogic S905 series. Form the CPU 4 Cortex-A53 processor cores with maximum 1.5 GHz clock rate. For graphical calculations there is one Mali-450 GPU responsible.
|But by the full GPU acceleration tech||Mali-450 750 MHz||Mali-450 650 MHz||Mali-450 750 MHz||Mali-450 750 MHz|
|DDR||DDR3 / 4, LPDDR3 Max 3GB||DDR3 / 4 Max 1GB||DDR3 / 4, LPDDR3 Max 3GB||DDR3 / 4, LPDDR2 / 3 Max 3GB|
|Video Dec.||HEVC / VP9 1080p60 10bit||HEVC / VP9 1080p60 10bit||HEVC / VP9 4k60 10bit||HEVC / VP9 4k60 10bit|
|HDR||HDR10 / HLG||HDR10 / HLG||HDR10 / HLG||HDR10 / HLG|
|output||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2, TF||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2, TF||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2|
The memory of the Xiaomi TV Stick is divided into one 1GB memory and one 8GB data store, of which almost half is already occupied by the system. USB OTG for connecting external data carriers is not supported. Stand for wireless connections Dual-AC WLAN (2.4 / 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2 ready.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick in a practical test
The Xiaomi TV Stick is quick to set up. The commissioning does not differ from other Android TV products. The remote control must be paired at the beginning. Then choose the language or region and follow the next steps.
For a particularly simple connection establishment, the "Google quick setup" can be used. The stick connects to the smartphone and allows setup directly from the smartphone. Unfortunately, the Google quick setup did not work in the test. Despite the connection, the stick was not recognized by the Google app. Instead, the WLAN password had to be entered manually using the remote control. In the further course of the setup, you can still make an app selection, set up the voice assistant and you will receive initial information about the Android TV functions.
Android TV user interface
After setting up, you end up in the tidy one Android TV 9 User interface. Whether and when the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick will be provided with an update to Android TV 11 is not yet known - as of October 2020.
The user interface is clear according to tiling built up. Apps can be added to the quick selection and sorted as required. Favorites can be displayed on the home screen. A preview allows you to quickly switch to personalized content.
The user interface did not always react smoothly in the practical test. When switching between the apps, loading times can be longer and the tiles are not always set up straight away. Occasionally stuttering can occur when navigating through the user interface. Despite these performance weaknesses, the Mi TV Stick still delivers a good Android TV overall picture.
Google Play Store
One reason to choose Android TV is that Google Play Store. This is comparable to the Play Store on Android smartphones and enables the installation of additional apps. The selection is wide and pretty much everyone Streaming providers (e.g. Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, DAZN and others) is represented with a suitable app. There are also numerous Media players (e.g. Kodi, Plex, VLC), widgets and tools ready for download.
Who the stick with Sky Go would like to use looks into the tube. The app is not available in the Play Store. Sky Go can be transferred via Google Cast from the PC web browser to the stick via a detour.
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is G Compatible and functionally comparable to a Google Chromecast. Videos, pictures and music can be streamed from a smartphone, tablet or PC to the television with just one click.
The Google Assistant built into Android TV responds to "Ok Google" and helps with finding films and other content. The remote control of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has its own Google Assistant button, which calls up the voice assistant at the push of a button. Questions and commands are entered directly into the Microphone the remote control.
Video playback and streaming
Strictly speaking, the Xiaomi TV Stick is a stripped down one Xiaomi Mi Box S. Instead of high-resolution 4K video playback, the stick is on Full HD (1080p60) limited.
The playback was consistently smooth in the test. It doesn't matter whether you stream via a streaming provider or transmit a video via Google Cast. The Video formats RM, MOV, VOB, AVI, MKV, TS and MP4And the Video codecs VP9-10, H.265, H.264, VC-1, MPEG1 / 2/4 and Real8 / 9/10. The playback of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Content was not (yet) possible at the time of the test, although the "color depth" item is already stored in the settings.
Kodi can be installed and run on the stick. However, since no external data storage device can be connected, the only option is to stream wirelessly via WLAN. However, an extensive media library quickly makes the stick sweat. They achieved WiFi speeds are perfectly sufficient for 1080p60 transmissions.
Multi-channel audio can be classified as PCM or source-coded in the form of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS and AAC loop through. That also works satisfactorily. However, HD audio is not supported.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick vs. Amazon Fire TV Stick
There is no clear winner in the comparison between the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick and the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Both streaming solutions score points in different places. The Fire TV Stick is technically somewhat more up-to-date. Instead of Bluetooth 4.2, the Fire TV Stick already offers Bluetooth 5.0, HDR10 + is supported and an external data carrier can be connected with a suitable USB-OTG adapter.
|Model||Xiaomi Mi TV Stick||Xiaomi Mi Box S||Amazon Fire TV Stick (Lite)||Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)|
|OS||Android TV 9||Android TV 9||Fire OS 7||Fire OS 7|
|SoC||Amlogic S805Y||Amlogic S905X||MediaTek MT8695D||MediaTek MT8695|
|But by the full GPU acceleration tech||Mali-450 750 MHz||Mali-450 750 MHz||IMG PowerVR GE8300||IMG PowerVR GE8300|
|DDR||1GB DDR3||2GB DDR3||1GB DDR4||1GB DDR4|
|data storage||8GB eMMC||8GB eMMC||8GB eMMC||8GB eMMC|
|Video Dec.||HEVC / VP9 1080p60 10bit||HEVC / VP9 4k60 10bit||HEVC / VP9 1080p60 10bit||HEVC / VP9 1080p60 10bit|
|HDR||HDR10 / HLG||HDR10 / HLG||HDR10 / HDR10 + / HLG||HDR10 / HDR10 + / HLG|
|Audio PT.||PCM, DD, DD +, DTS||PCM, DD, DD +, DTS||PCM, DD, DD +, DA, DTS (Va)||PCM, DD, DD +, DA, DTS (Va)|
|output||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2||HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2||HDMI2.0, HDCP2.2|
|WiFi||802.11b / g / n / ac||802.11b / g / n / ac||802.11b / g / n / ac||802.11b / g / n / ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
On the software side, Android TV offers more options than Fire OS. A big plus point for Android TV is the Google Cast function, with which apps, films and music can be transferred to the TV with just one click. Again, the strong Prime ecosystem speaks for Fire OS. For example, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is a step ahead of the Google Assistant.
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