The Mi Speaker, Xiaomi’s new AI Powered speaker (IMAGE SOURCE: CNC.COM)
Xiaomi recently revealed the AI-powered Mi Speaker, giving Amazon’s Echo and Google Home a good run for their money. Echo, Home and even Apple’s HomePod will find a tough competitor in the Mi Speaker, which will retail at just 299 CNY, or about 45 USD, in China.
The voice-controlled Mi speaker looks sleek and gorgeous, much like its American-made counterparts. The rectangular speaker has six microphones for sensing audio from any direction. The speaker also has a neat feature called advanced echo cancellation. The speaker has physical controls and LED indicator lights for adjusting audio and music playback.
The Mi Speaker boasts a number of AI-powered smart functions as well, though not as advanced as features available in Home and Echo. The device connects to the web so that users can stream music, play audio books, or listen to online radio. Xiaomi has made several add-ons features available for the Mi Speaker that users can download through a companion smartphone app.
Xiaomi is rising as a star consumer electronics producer in China. The brand sells everything from smart air purifiers to electric scooter. Perhaps the most popular gadgets the brand sells are the Mi phones. While the Mi brand is uber popular in China, most Xiaomi products are not available internationally. That includes the recently released Mi Speaker, which is currently only set to retail in China.