Xiaomi has released two updated versions of its popular Mi Box Android TV box — the Mi Box 3S and 3C. Both models retain their predecessor’s Red Dot award-winning design but are packed with upgraded software and hardware.
RAM has been doubled to 2GB along with 8GB of eMMC 5.1 onboard storage in the 3S while the more affordable 3C gets 1GB of RAM and 4GB storage. Both models feature Amlogic’s 64-bit S905X processor with quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPUs clocked at 2.0GHz each.
- Android 6.0
- 2GB DDR3 / 8GB eMMC 5.1 (Mi Box 3S)
- 1GB DDR3 / 4GB eMMC 5.0 (Mi Box 3C)
- Amlogic S905X with quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPUs clocked at 2.0GHz each
- PatchWall user interface
- Dolby DTS support
- 4K HDR
- MiTouch remote
- Dual band WiFi (2.4G + 5G)
- Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
One feature that sets the Mi Box 3S and 3C apart from the competition is Xiaomi’s PatchWall user interface. Xiaomi describes PatchWall as an advanced TV control system infused with artificial intelligence (AI). PatchWall is capable of learning your viewing habits to get a clearer picture on your viewing preferences which it then uses to come up with TV source recommendations. This intelligent feature means the 3S is more than just your average Android TV box.
All that AI goodness coupled with the Xiaomi bling factor does come at a price — the 3S is currently available for $79.99 while the 3C is available for $59.99. These are princely sums to pay for Android TV boxes considering that some other brands have models with similar specs (sans AI) retailing at half the price or less.
Nevertheless, if you must have Xiaomi’s latest box as the center of your TV entertainment hub the 3S and 3C are still good options to consider. After all, they are probably the only Android TV boxes currently available that come pre-loaded with a smart AI control system.
And if I’m not mistaken, both models also feature the same Bluetooth compatible MiTouch remote that responds to voice commands.