- The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has passed through the FCC.
- This brings the Android TV dongle closer to release.
Xiaomiâ€™s Mi TV Stick is inching closer to release after clearing a key hurdle in the US.
The streaming dongle has passed through the FCC (via googlechromecast.com), providing a good look in the process. The listing doesnâ€™t share too much about whatâ€™s inside besides Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but merely running through the American regulatory gauntlet is a big step toward a release.
The Mi TV Stick is poised to compete with Amazonâ€™s Fire TV Stick, Rokuâ€™s Streaming Stick, and other stealthy media hubs. It may come in a no-frills 1080p model as well as a more powerful 4K version. Both variants are believed to run Android TV and support both Dolby and DTS audio.
Retail listings have pointed to a release around July 31, but weâ€™d be skeptical of that timing until thereâ€™s an official announcement. The larger question revolves around the price. Xiaomi will be competing against devices that are already aggressively priced â€” how well it fares may depend on how much it undercuts its rivals.