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As I/O 2016 marches on, Google took some time to tell us about new Android TV and Google Cast devices coming to the market, and it was exciting to see Xiaomi listed. The search giant didn’t say much in their blog post, but nothing is stopping Xiaomi from giving us more details. They are, after all, known for exploiting the internet hype train.

Xiaomi has taken it to Facebook to share more about their upcoming Mi Box. The images portray something that looks exactly like the current MIUI-powered Mi Box, but we shouldn’t let appearances fool us. There’s plenty of improvements to be excited about in the upcoming version, which is “coming soon the the US”.

Mi Box specs:

  • 60fps 4K video decoding
  • HDR10 and HDMI 2.0a support
  • Dolby Digital Plus + DTS surround sound
  • Bluetooth voice remote
  • USB port for additional storage
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Optional Mi Game Controller for a console-grade gaming experience

Not only do the specs prove it is very capable, but it will also be built upon awesome software, Android N. This means it will be able to take advantage of new features like picture-in-picture mode, recording live TV and HDR 4K video. This is an especially exciting device for a couple other reasons, too. For starters, it will likely be priced very competitively, as Xiaomi usually does. It’s also great to see Xiaomi bringing more products to America and expanding its portfolio on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Chinese startup is being careful with its expansion to other markets (especially America), but it is slowly but surely making its way to new regions. Hugo Barra has specified North America is in the pipeline, and they currently sell some accessories to USA customers, including headphones, battery packs and wearables.

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The Xiaomi Mi Box would be the first actual smart product to officially make it to the United States, making this a significant move. Let’s hope more details are revealed soon. We would certainly love to learn the price!