Xiao­mi Unveils Mi AI Smart Home Speak­er Along­side MIUI 9


Xiaomi has launched its own Mi AI smart speaker alongside the latest version of their operating system, the MIUI 9, the launch of its latest Mi 5X device and Mi 6 Mercury Silver limited edition at an event in Beijing.

With the launch of its own smart home speaker, Xiaomi joins the revolution of smart home devices, competing with the likes of Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and many more from its own homeland.

Xiaomi first shipped the voice-controlled speaker in December but now the device will be powered by an artificial intelligence, supported by the updates to its latest operating system MIUI 9.

The speaker houses music, audio books, kids stories, radio and also can be used to control smart products from Xiaomi as well as their partners. The Xiaomi Mi AI uses a mix of six microphones to receive voice commands from all around it.

The device will go on sale for 299 RMB (Rs 2,799 or $45).

Currently, the device is only going on sale in China and its international availability hasn’t been discussed by the company as of yet.

Early birds in China can pick up the Mi AI speakers for 1 RMB as the company is currently looking for beta testers of the device which will officially go on sale in August this year.

Recently, it was also revealed that Facebook is entering the world of smart home assistant as the social media giant will launch one of their own in 2018.

The company also launched the MIUI 9 which was first launched in 2010 and is currently used by over 2.8 billion active users in 142 countries, speaking in 55 unique languages.

The company also launched its new Xiaomi Mi 5X smartphone for 1,499 RMB and a limited edition Mi 6 Mercury Silver smartphone for RMB 3,999.

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