Xiaomi has updated one of its first smart speakers, incorporating in this part of the latest technological developments on the market. We are talking about the Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker (2nd Gene), a new generation that can now function as the heart of your home automation.
Like the previous model, the idea is that, in addition to listening to music, the speaker also functions as a kind of control center for the entire ecosystem of connected products from Xiaomi and other manufacturers. In terms of design, the device is similar to the one launched in 2017.
The new Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker (2nd Gene) is the same as the previous model. Thus, we have a rectangular device, but with slightly curved corners, whose body has been perforated in the lower area to output the sound. At the top, we find the LED and the different control buttons.
Inside the device, we find six microphones arranged in a circle, something that the previous model already had. In the absence of knowing if it will reach our borders, where, if it does, it will surely use Google Assistant, in China, they can be used to give orders to XiaoAI, Xiaomi’s own assistant.
It also mounts a two-inch speaker that, this time, is completed with support for stereo sound. In this way, the user can connect two speakers together to achieve a more enveloping sound, as well as with other devices around the house to play music in all rooms. Finally, Xiaomi claims that the bass has been improved and that the new sound algorithm offers a greater dynamic range.
When it comes to connectivity, the device has Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi, nothing out of the ordinary. The interesting thing is that it is designed to offer support to the Xiaomi IoT platform, which in turn offers support for 89 home automation systems, including Philips.
The new Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker (2nd Gene) is already being marketed in China for 199 yuan (about $30.50 ). At the moment it will only be sold in Xiaomi’s home country and we will probably not see it in the international market unless the firm adapts it with another type of assistant such as Google Assistant.
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