While a refresh is not necessarily notable, for the very first time , the new 4S Pro will come with 8K video playback support. That makes it one of the very few Android-based 8K-capable players on the market.
The device, however, is currently not expected to be launched outside of China. Although already available in global markets with a multitude of Mi Box devices, we will perhaps see Xiaomi take the 4S Pro worldwide in the coming months.
The white puck-style box comes with 16GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM and is powered by the AMLogic Cortex-A53 chip, which normally includes the integrated Mali-450 GPU, as for the real hardware. In fact, we’re not sure how well this modest chipset will handle 8K content, even despite the significant playback claims.
It comes pre-installed with an Android flavor that has MIUI for TV slapped on top, meaning that some Xiaomi-focused design and flair are likely to be included in the UI. One would think that this would be changed to a pure Android TV version if the Mi Box 4S Pro were to come to Europe or global markets. But according to the Android Authority, a Xiaomi representative told them that “no global plans to share at the moment.”
The Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Pro is going to retail for 399 yuan in China, which is around £45 or $60. That certainly fits in with the affordable pricing in recent years for which the Mi Box line has become known.