CES2017: Xiaomi Trolls CES with China Exclusive Announcements
Xiaomi has made quite a name for itself around the world with its offerings. The company which started off manufacturing smartphones such as the popular Mi3 and Mi Note has recently expanded its horizons by venturing into manufacturing a wide range of home electronics from routers to televisions to Segways to drones. The company continues to befuddle its avid followers with a mixed array of offerings which either leave them excited with anticipation or scratching their heads in bewilderment.
This year Xiaomi reached another milestone with its first ever appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company took to the stage to outline its many achievements and, like many others, announced a new array of offerings. However, in a move which left many annoyed and others rather perplexed, Xiaomi didn’t announce anything which would be available outside China.
Mi Mix in White
The first announcement that Hugo Barra made was the availability of Xiaomi’s eye-catching proof of concept device, the Mi Mix, in white. The Xiaomi Mi Mix which was originally announced in October 2016, was a concept design with one of the first edgeless displays. The Mix was only available in Black or Black with 18K gold trims.
The device has top of the line specifications with a Quad Core (4-core) Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with an Adreno 530 graphics processor. The processors are supported by either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB onboard storage respectively. It comes with 16-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with Phase detection autofocus (PDAF), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and dual tone flash. Its front facing camera is a 5-megapixel sensor.
Mi Router HD
In a move which takes Xiaomi further into the Internet of Things, the Chinese company announced a new router that will update and complement their existing lineup of routers. The Mi Router HD brings advanced features and accessibility to anyone looking to build their own cloud and home network. The router will become the heart of any Mi Home network. Hugo Barra revealed that the Mi Home platform has about 5 million daily active users with 50-million devices making up the Mi Ecosystem.
The Mi Router HD comes with a 4×4 multi-user MIMO router which enables transfer speeds of up to 2600 Mbps. In addition, the router comes with 4 high-gain PCB array antennae which will allow more stable connections. The most important feature of the Mi Router HD is the “surveillance-class” hard disk with up to 8TB of space which will come built into the router. This hard drive will allow users to automatically back up all devices in the network including data from the Apple Time Machine. The router also has software features which will allow users to sync with Dropbox and keep an on-network copy of their data on the service. It will also be able to integrate with Sonos audio systems with more to come with software updates.
Mi TV 4
Perhaps the most interesting announcement from Xiaomi during CES is the Mi TV 4. The Mi TV 4 will be Xiaomi’s 4th foray into the smart TV spaces. The smart TV will be one of the first in the world to incorporate Dolby Atmos audio technology. Measuring only 4.9mm thick, it is also one of the slimmest. The 49-inch, 55-inch or 65-inch TVs are frameless with nearly no bezel and will be equipped with Xiaomi’s modular TV design. This design separates the display element of the TV from the electronics allowing users to upgrade to the latest and greatest without spending a fortune. The electronics of the Mi TV will be stored in the Mi TV Bar together with the speaker. The Xiaomi Mi TV 4 comes with 10 speakers, 2 wireless rear channels and a subwoofer. The Smart TV will be mounted on an understated, transparent stand which will give it the illusion of floating in your home setup.