Xiaomi has introduced its own smart speaker Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker as an alternative to Amazon Echo with design, performance and unbeatable price. The problem: you will not leave the Asian borders.
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker: Specifications
|Processor||ARM Cortex-A53m, 4 cores|
|Speaker diameter||2.25 inches|
|Wireless communication||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Number of microphones||6 pcs.|
|Maximum range of microphones||16 m.|
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker: Design
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker is made in the classical form-factor of the parallelepiped. Rounded corners provide convenient transportation and give the column an elegant look.
On the sides and below there are speakers with a diameter of 57 mm, a passive subwoofer.
On the top of the column, there is a control panel. There is also an LED ring, which indicates the inclusion of the column and the actions performed.
Six omnidirectional microphones are located in such a way as to catch the voice from a distance of up to 16 meters, regardless of which side it is aimed at.
Compact size allows you to place the column on the desktop, or on the shelf or bedside table.
Xiaomi continues the struggle for a connected home in a somewhat peculiar way: without big announcements, but with more than decent products if we take into account the market segment in which the company moves.
Yes, they do not usually leave China, but they are often the flag with which white label manufacturers end up bringing many of their products to the western markets.
The only thing the company lacks is that: an internalization that goes beyond its line of smartphones and that carries its range of connected home beyond its borders.
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker: How it works?
In order for Mi AI Speaker to be “smart”, the manufacturer built in it a processor with four cores of ARM Cortex-A53, operating at a clock speed of 1.2 GHz. The column has a working memory of 256 MB, in addition, it has a flash module also at 256 MB.
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is part of the smart home system from Xiaomi, so it can be remotely controlled by a smartphone. To do this, you need to install a proprietary application, available for mobile devices based on iOS and Android.
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker performs two important functions, due to which it will become an excellent assistant at home: assistant and controller.
As an assistant, the column serves as an alarm clock, recalls important events, plays music and audiobooks, and answers questions and talks about news and weather.
As a controller, Mi AI Speaker helps to manage other gadgets that are part of the smart house system from Xiaomi: lamps, robots, vacuum cleaners, climate systems.
The manufacturer does not yet disclose the exact characteristics and configuration of the device but promises to provide information no later than mid-August 2017.
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker: all the functionalities of Echo, but for the Asian market
The device, following the line of Xiaomi, has received the name of Mi AI Speaker will be on sale in December and works with a new assistant based on artificial intelligence, which recently also landed on the operating system MIUI, the Android variant that Uses Xiaomi in its terminals.
It can be used as a hub to control the rest of Xiaomi products and their partners (without specifying which ones). And it will have additional reproducible content like music, audio books or the classic radio.
Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker: Conclusions and Reviews
The latest of the Chinese manufacturer, as it could not be otherwise, is a smart speaker Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker with which, again and in its own way, aims to be an alternative to the current proposals of Google and Amazon for its ecosystem: a design far above Which offer both technological giants, own technology, and a very complicated price to overcome. It’s just $ 50 at the current rate all, in addition, integrated with the rest of products of the company.