Xiaomi to bring its Google Assistant-powered Mi Smart Speaker to Europe
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is bringing its Mi Smart Speaker to Europe shortly after its launch in India last month, according to WinFuture. The Google Assistant-powered smart speaker follows the usual Xiaomi ethos of offering a premium experience at a more pocket-friendly price point.
Offering a dual-band WiFi connection, a 2.5-inch, 12-watt front-firing speaker backed up by a Texas Instruments audio processor, the Mi Smart Speaker boasts an AmLogic A113 SoC powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processors and two long-range microphones for voice control from across the room. Two Mi Smart Speakers can even be paired to form a stereo array.
Measuring around 15cm high and weighing in at 850g, the white casing with a black speaker grill, in classic Xiaomi styling, also includes full media control touch buttons and an LED strip-light which, we’re told will eventually be capable of projecting in 16m colours, after a future firmware update which will also activate DTS audio tuning.
Currently only available in China and India, the device has had warm reviews since launch, suggesting that it offers more bang-for-your-buck than most third-party Google Assistant smart speakers and even gives the Google Nest Mini a run for its money too — not the best sound, but an impressive (some would say too powerful!) bass and fidelity at this price point.
As you’d expect with a Google Assistant smart speaker, the Mi Smart Speaker doubles as a Chromecast receiver and can control all your Google Home linked devices.
In India, the Mi Smart Speaker will set you back ₹3,499, so we’d expect it to be around 50-55 Euros or £55-60. WinFuture claims the price of the device at a Spanish retailer is set at €52.99, while its price at a Portuguese retailer is set at €59.95. Spend more and you’ll get more, but if you’re looking at an entry-level smart speaker, this may well surpass your expectations in a way that a Google Nest Mini or Amazon Echo Dot just won’t.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker should be available from Mi.com, when it becomes available in your region.