For quite some time in order to watch your favourite shows and movies on the idiot box required the procurement of a Smart TV and if you had a regular TV you had to be content with your laptops or phones. But this changed with the introduction of TV sticks that could convert any TV into a smart TV. The major player in the market is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K but recently Xiaomi released its own Mi Box 4k which does the same thing at a significantly lower price. But it does have its drawbacks. Thus it is important to compare the two before buying.
Specification – Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K
The Mi Box 4k is powered by the Amlogic quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage for apps. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz processor with 8GB internal storage for apps. The former runs on Android TV 9 Pie and has upto 5,000 apps while the latter runs on Fire TV OS and has a dedicated app store for Fire TVs. The Fire TV Stick has a lesser range of apps than the Mi but it has all the popular ones like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar etc.
One advantage that the Mi Box 4K has over the Fire TV Stick 4K is that it has a USB port which means that it can also be used as a media outlet to stream your downloaded movies and files. It also has a 3.5 mm digital socket for connecting external speakers.
The Fire TV Stick 4K is more sleeker and can be directly connected into the HDMI port of your TV thus concealing it from view while the Mi requires a designated space for itself. Both can stream upto 4K resolution and provide a superior viewing experience.
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The Mi Box 4K has a built-in Chromecast Ultra that allows for the casting of content from compatible smartphones and tablets. The Fire TV Stick 4K also has a Miracast facility but if you are looking for a device that is more suitable for casting, Mi Box 4K is the right choice.
The Mi device supports HDR content up to the HDR 10 format while the Fire TV Stick 4K also supports Dolby Vision. This gives the latter a significant edge over the former. Both the devices are equipped with voice assistants. The Mi Box 4K has the Google Assistant for voice commands while the Fire TV Stick 4k is equipped with Alexa.
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The most important thing to consider for a budgeted consumer is the price of the product. In this criteria the Mi Box 4K has the advantage as it is priced at Rs 3,499 which is Rs 500 less than the regular Fire TV Stick and considerably less than the Fire TV Stick 4K which is priced at Rs 5,999. Thus if you are looking for a budget steal, Mi is the way to go.
The final decision to buy among the two devices depends on your needs and of course your buying capabilities too. If you are someone who does not mind spending a couple thousand extra then Fire TV Stick 4K is the way to go but if you are looking for a budget device that is reliable and well-equipped, Mi Box 4K is the perfect fit.