Smart speakers are becoming cheaper and cheaper, and in the US and some other countries, Amazon Echo Dot can be purchased for under $50.
But Xiaomi has come up with an even cheaper model – for the Chinese market – with their Allwinner R16 based AI Speaker Mini that has just launched for 169 RMB, or about $27, in China.
XIaomi Mi AI Speaker Mini specifications:
- SoC- Allwinner R16 quad core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz
- System Memory / Storage – TBD
- 1.5″ 4Ω speaker
- Frequency Range – 140Hz – 20000Hz
- Speaker sensitivity – 78dB/m/W
- Maximum output power – 2W
- 4x Microphones
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP support
- Misc – Microphone on/off button, volume buttons, and play/pause button
- Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port
- Dimensions – 90 x 90 x 50 mm
- Weight – ~210 grams
The speaker ships with a power supply, and a user manual. It is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.4 and iOS 8.0 or greater, and also work as a Bluetooth speaker.
AI Speaker Mini supports voice searches, story telling, Mijia home automation products, and gives access to a collection of 35 million songs and premium audio content. That is if you can speak Mandarin of course, and the songs may not be available outside of China.
If you can read Chinese you’ll find more details and a purchase link on the product page. People living outside of China, and still interested in the device can pre-order it for about double the price ($60) – shipping included – on sites like GeekBuying or GearBest.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.