Xiaomi, in its own distinct fashion, is gunning straight for the likes of Google and Apple by introducing a smart assistant in its latest MIUI 9 along with its very own Mi AI Speaker.
The Mi AI Speaker is Xiaomi’s first take at rivaling the Echo, which has already inspired a product from Alibaba in China and counts offerings from Google and Apple among its competitors.
Building on the voice-controlled speaker that Xiaomi shipped in December, the new device is powered by artificial intelligence, the company said, which has just been added the Xiaomi’s MIUI operating system, a variant of Android. The speaker can be used as a control for Xiaomi products and also over 30 smart products from Xiaomi’s partners. Xiaomi touted its content available for the speaker, which includes music, audio books, kids’ stories and radio.
In terms of audio itself, the device uses a setup of six microphones for 360 degree sound broadcast. The price will be 299 RMB, $45, when it goes on sale in August but the usual caveat applies. As is often the case with Xiaomi products, the initial release is confirmed for China but we don’t have word of international availability.