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Feel like the world doesn't need another set-top box? Xiaomi begs to differ.

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Its Mi Box, shown off here at the Google I/O conference, runs off of Google's Android TV platform and can stream 4K video onto the TV.

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Xiaomi's VP of International, Hugo Barra, shows off the puck. It does everything that an Android TV does and will receive all the same updates.

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In addition to playing music and movies from a variety of services, the Mi Box has Google's Chromecast technology built-in, which means it can fling whatever you're watching on your phone to the TV's larger screen.

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Barra didn't disclose pricing or a release date -- it's coming to the US, but no word on a UK or Australian release. He does say he thinks it'll be "interesting" compared to rival offerings.

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Running on a quad-core processor, the Mi Box has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, and both a USB and HDMI 2.0a port.

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Speak into this controller to search for shows and games on the TV.

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Barra demonstrates how that works.

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This game controller accessory won't come in the box (you have to buy it separately), but it will connect to a variety of TV models.

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Here's a closer look.

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Xiaomi faces stiff competition in this space from companies such as Roku and Nvidia. Learn more about what you can see and do on the Mi Box here.

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