Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Review

This Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Review was written by Troy after using it on a regular basis for one week.  This product was purchased by Troy through Amazon and in no way shall this post be considered a promotion for this streaming device.  You will find both the pros and cons pointed out in this review.

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The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K is a small streaming stick that can be easily connected to the television by way of HDMI port.  Streaming sticks like this have become extremely popular due to the ability to conceal them behind the television and their low price point.

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Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Review

This Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Review will focus on the top features and anticipated questions that tvdarija fans may have.  I will not dive into every single detail of this device because the highlighted features below will cover most of that.

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The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K is an Android TV streaming device that delivers a nice user experience with up to 4K HD resolution.  It comes with a Bluetooth remote that can be paired with a television to control TV power and volume.

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As of this review, the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K may be purchased from Amazon for $59.99.  Strangely, this price has increased over the past week as I paid $53.99 when I ordered mine.  This is a worldwide device and Xiaomi has just recently started selling this within the United States.

Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Features

  • 4K Resolution
  • Quad-core Cortex-A35 2.0GHZ
  • Mali-G31 MP2 GPU
  • 8 GB eMMC Internal Storage
  • 2 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Android TV 11
  • WiFi 2.4 & 5GHz dual-band WiFi
  • Supports new AV1 Codec among many others
  • Supports DTS HD, Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos
  • Netflix Certified
  • Amazon Prime Video Compatibility

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Setup Process

The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K comes with everything you need except 2 AAA batteries for the remote which you must provide yourself.

An HDMI extender cable is included which I suggest that you use to ensure your device doesn’t overheat by rubbing against the back or side of a hot TV.

After booting the Android TV streaming stick, I was prompted to choose my region, connect to my WiFi Network, and sign in with my Google account.  You do need a Google account to use the Google Play Store so you can install applications.

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I also had the ability to pair the remote control with my television.  This allows for only controlling the power and volume on the TV.  This process worked as it should and paired successfully with my LG television.

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Once the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K booted, I checked for an update and there was one available.  I installed the update, which took approximately 7 minutes as it was a large update with over 700 MB.  Speaking of updates, it’s nice to see there was an update available as some Android systems don’t provide updates for their devices.

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The setup process for the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K was simple.

Sideloading Apps on Xiaomi TV Stick 4K

Due to the fact that we can easily install the free Downloader App through Google Play Store, side-loading apps does work perfectly well on this streaming stick.

I first installed Downloader and then fired up the tvdarija Toolbox to install my favorite apps that I can’t get through Google Play Store.

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Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Remote Control

The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K remote control comes with basic buttons that get the job done.  You will find the directional D-Pad, power button, Google Assistant button, Xiaomi TV+ launch button, back button, home button, volume up/down, Netflix, and Prime Video shortcuts.

This is a Bluetooth remote that works well and is very responsive.

When picking it up for the first time, it seems extremely cheap due to its light weight but it does perform as it should.

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I’m not a big fan of the Xiaomi TV+ launch button on the remote due to the fact that this service is only available in certain regions of the world.  Xiaomi TV+ appears to be duplicating the Pluto TV idea but the quality of the app isn’t as good.

Soon I will provide a video that shows how to get this service working even if you aren’t located in an approved area.  I will also provide instructions on how to remap the Xiaomi TV+ button so you can use it to open a different app on your device.  I will update fans through my tvdarija Advisor once these two videos are ready.

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Google Voice Assistant on Xiaomi TV Stick 4K

Google Voice Assistant does come built into the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K and it works as it should.

Users can easily speak into the remote after clicking the Google Assistant at the top of the remote.

Google Assistant seems quick on this streaming stick and works well for querying applications in Google Play Store or asking questions that can be retrieved from the Internet.

The great thing about Google Voice Assistant is that it also works with most side-loaded apps, a nice feature we don’t see on Amazon Fire TV systems.

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Included Xiaomi Apps

The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K includes some apps specifically developer by Xiaomi.

Don’t get too excited as there’s not much here.

Mi Wallpaper

This basic application allows you to choose a different background for the user interface.  Nothing special here in my opinion.  It would be nice to have the option of uploading our own backgrounds.

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Xiaomi TV+ Service

This is a free IPTV application that offers some off-brand channels.  There’s not much to choose from here and shouldn’t be a selling point for the device by any means.

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PatchWall

This is an application that aggregates your paid streaming services into one page.  You can then browse through all of your services within one interface.  I tried getting this to work with VPN and changing region but it says it is not available in my country.  There are other applications that allow for this so not a big deal.

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Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Download/Upload Speeds

I used the Analiti Speed test app for the following tests.

I have one GB Fiber download speed plan through my Internet Service Provider.

During the WiFi tests, I’m connected to the 5GHz band on my Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Router. This router resides in the same room as my Xiaomi TV Stick 4K (approximately 20 feet away from the wireless router).

I’m using Surfshark VPN as my VPN on Chicago Server.

Download & Upload SpeedsDownload & Upload Speeds

VPN Off: Download = 226 Mbps & Upload = 110 Mbps

VPN On: Download = 72 Mbps & Upload = 43 Mbps

Running a VPN always slows down both download/upload speeds due to encryption and tunneling traffic through an outside server.

I would rate the download/upload speeds as good but they certainly aren’t great when compared to other streaming devices.  This shouldn’t be a deal-breaker because in reality you only need 20 Mbps to stream 4K content and anything above that is overkill and won’t help you stream.

3rd Party Launchers

Many Android TV users opt for a 3rd party launcher which gets rid of the clunky ad-ridden user interface.  I’m happy to report that the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K does support the use of 3rd party launchers by way of the Launcher Manager app.

Various 3rd party launchers and the Launcher Manager App are available for quick install through the free tvdarija Toolbox.

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Expanding Internal Storage on Xiaomi TV Stick 4K

I added an OTG Cable to the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K and then plugged a 64 GB SanDisk 3.0 USB drive into that.  The system recognized the drive and then I tried expanding internal storage with it.  It came back as success.  I went into Apps and successfully moved Analiti Speed Test app over to USB drive.  I then tried doing the same with a 256 GB SanDisk 3.0 USB Drive and it didn’t work.  I have a feeling that the power output couldn’t handle the larger drive.

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Expanding storage does appear to work but you may encounter problems with some USB drives.  Users should avoid doing this if possible as the power output doesn’t usually do a great job of supporting expanding internal storage on these cheaper streaming sticks.

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What’s In The Box

  • Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K
  • HDMI Extension Cable
  • Bluetooth Voice Remote Control
  • Power Adapter
  • User Manual

Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Specs

  • Brand: Xiaomi
  • Type: TV Stick/Dongle
  • GPU: Mali-G31 MP2
  • CPU: Amlogic S905Y4 Quad Core 4x ARM-A35 @ 2GHz
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR4
  • ROM (storage): 8GB eMMC internal storage
  • Operating System: Android TV 11.0
  • Video Decoder: Dolby Vision, AV1, VP9, H.265, H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-1
  • Video Format: MKV, MPG, MPEG, DAT, AVI, MOV, ISO, MP4, RM
  • Audio Decoder: DTS HD, Dolby Atmos
  • Audio Format: MP3, AAC, RM, FLAC
  • Photo Format: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG
  • Others: Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
  • WiFi: 2.4GHz + 5GHz dual-band WiFi
  • Bluetooth-compatible: BT 5.0
  • Power Supply: Adapter DC 5V 1A (5W) Micro USB 2.0 Port
  • Interface: HDMI-compatible, OTG, USB3.0
  • Languages: Multi-language
  • HDMI-Compatible 2.0a
  • HDMI-Compatible Function HDCP
  • Pre-Installed Apps: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Youtube pre-installed
  • Remote: BT Remote with Google Voice Assistant

Pricing

As of this review, the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K can be purchased from Amazon at $59.99.

These are selling quickly and as of publishing this review, there are only 20 remaining in stock.

What I Like

  • 4K support
  • AV1 Codec Support
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
  • Android TV 11
  • Strong CPU & Graphics Chip
  • Bluetooth remote control is quick, responsive, and can pair with TV to control power and volume
  • Google Voice Assistant Works
  • Supports side-loading apps (APKs)
  • 3rd party launchers work
  • Expandable storage with USB drive
  • Responsive remote
  • Xiaomi appears to issue updates for this device
  • Simple setup process
  • Netflix Certified along with Amazon Prime Video and support for other popular paid streaming services

What I Dislike

  • WiFi download/upload speeds could be better
  • PatchWall App doesn’t work in United States
  • Xiaomi TV+ App doesn’t work in United States unless using a workaround
  • Xiaomi TV+ App shortcut on remote
  • HDR10+ format not supported
  • Expensive for what you get
  • Doesn’t include AAA batteries

Xiaomi TV Stick 4K Final Thoughts

The Xiaomi TV Stick 4K is a decent streaming stick that gets the job done.  We can side-load our favorite apps, stream in 4K, customize with a 3rd party launcher, and play games with a game pad (not included).

If you’re interested in purchasing this Android TV streaming stick I would suggest holding off until we see what the upcoming Walmart Onn Android TV Box has to offer.  I have a feeling that this will be less expensive and will provide a better or at least the same type of experience.

Most will compare this device to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max and will ask which one I like better.  I like this one better due to the fact that Amazon has been restricting various modifications and their devices are becoming closed.  I don’t see Google doing that with Android TV as they haven’t clamped down on the numerous customizations that people make on their Android phones and tablets.  There are pluses and minuses for each device but I feel that the Android TV operating system is better and more welcoming than Fire OS.

Here’s my tvdarija ranking system for reviews.

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My ranking looks at the features offered, how well those features work, and price.

I rank the new Xiaomi TV Stick 4K as Good.

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