Mi TV Stick India launch date is out. The company has confirmed that Mi TV Stick will launch in India on August 5 and will directly go against the popular FireTV stick by Amazon. Xiaomi has been taking a dig at the FireTV stick using #PlugItMakeItSmart hashtag.
The Mi TV Stick was recently unveiled globally as a plug-and-play streaming dongle to turn your normal TV into smart TV.
Mi TV Stick will support Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and all other OTT platforms in Full HD alongside Play Store support. Mi TV Stick also competes with Chromecast which is used to cast directly from smartphones. The company also sells Mi Box 4K in India.
So, can Mi TV Stick beat Amazon FireTV Stick? Let’s find out.
Design, Remote Controls
Mi TV Stick features a very similar shape as the Amazon FireTV Stick. Both the TV sticks come in the shape of a dongle with a USB drive like form factor. The newer Mi TV stick has a dual-tone colour finish on the out with the Mi branding on top.
The remote control with the Mi TV stick is a little different having a dedicated Google Assistant button with options for Netflix and Prime Video as well.
The Fire TV Stick remote on the other hand has no such dedicated buttons for Netflix or Prime, but has a button with microphone for Alexa.
Mi TV Stick runs on a quad-core CPU paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. The new Xiaomi TV stick has ARM Mali-450 GPU, and runs on Android 9.0. The upcoming Mi TV Stick in India has support Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity.
In comparison, Amazon Fire TV Stick similarly runs on a quad-core processor with 8GB of internal storage and Mali-450 GPU. The Amazon TV Stick supports Bluetooth 4.1 + LE for connectivity.
Display, Audio Output
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick supports full HD resolution videos offering them at 60fps. The Mi Stick supports Dolby with DTS surround sound support. On the other hand, the Amazon Fire TV Stick similarly supports Dolby Audio with 5.1 surround sound support.
The Amazon TV Stick also supports full HD content up to 60fps as the new competitor.
Content, OTT Support
Both the TV sticks by Xiaomi and Amazon support all OTTs in the country. The streaming dongles offer a variety of options with the popular ones preloaded. Both Amazon FireTV stick and Mi TV stick supports Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Zee5, Voot, Hoichoi, Sun Nxt and more.
Mi TV Stick runs on Android, so additionally you will get access to the Google Play Store for apps. Fire TV Stick doesn’t support Play Store.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick price in India will cost under Rs 3,500 and will probably start at Rs 2,999 or Rs 3,499 in the country. Amazon Fire TV Stick in India is priced at Rs 3,999. The Amazon FireTV stick is obviously available via Amazon.