With the $30 Mi Box Mini, Xiaomi has managed to stuff a quad-core Android media streamer into a device the size of a power charger.
Yet the device still packs a Cortex A7 quad-core processor for 1080p video playback, along with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, and dual band Wi-Fi. It plugs directly into an outlet and connects to televisions via HDMI, and uses a Bluetooth remote control.
What would one do with such a diminutive device? While Xiaomi didn't talk specifics, presumably it'll be similar in functionality to the full-sized Mi Box, which streams a variety of videos and lets users beam content from other devices over Miracast, DLNA, and other methods.
Xiaomi plans to take pre-orders in China on January 20, and will start shipping the Mi Box Mini later in the month.
Why this matters: You probably shouldn't hold your breath for a U.S. launch, as Xiaomi hasn't announced any release plans outside China. But as an impressive feat of engineering, the Mi Box Mini is worth admiring from afar, and with Xiaomi being tipped to possibly enter the U.S. market in 2015, it may at least give a sense of what's to come.
This story, "Xiaomi's Mi Box Mini is a media streamer the size of a phone charger" was originally published by PCWorld.