11 June 2019
Xiaomi held a big launch event in China yesterday where it unveiled a number of products across a wide range of categories. The major announcement of the event was the all-new and much improved Mi Band 4 fitness tracker. The event also saw the unveiling of two new Xiaomi smart speakers powered by Xiao AI digital assistant.
The two speakers are known as Xiao AI Speaker Universal Remote Edition and Xiao AI Speaker Play. Both of these feature a rectangular prism design and the same set of features for the most part. They can act as a central hub for smart home products in the house as Xioami says that can connect with over 5,000 product types. This should cover almost all the commonly used smart home devices like bulbs, TVs, refrigerators, thermostat, and microwave oven.
Both smart speakers have dedicated media playback controls which include play/pause and volume up and down buttons. There is also a button specifically for muting microphone. It should be helpful in being assured that your voice is not getting recorded when you are not using the speaker. When the microphone is enabled, you can always make use of voice commands to get things done. The digital assistant can be triggered by saying the hotword Xiao Ai.
The Xiao AI Speaker Universal Remote Edition is capable of connecting to other devices via WiFi, Bluetooth, and Infrared. As for the Play variant, it is said to connect with devices only using WiFi connectivity. The two smart speakers have been priced at CNY 199 (about $29) and CNY 149 (about $24) respectively.