After what seems like a lifetime of rumour and speculation, it seems that the EU version of the HomeKit compatible Aqara Hub is now available for pre-order online in Sweden. Webhallen, one of the largest online tech stores in Sweden, has the Aqara hub available to pre-order, along with most of the other Aqara branded sensors and switches – the door/window sensor, temperature and humidity sensor, vibration sensor, water leak sensor and motion sensor, along with the single and double rocker switches and the mini switch. The Aqara Cube is also listed, although this is currently not compatible with HomeKit.
[update] We’ve been contacted by another Store located in Sweden – evxab.com – who also sell many Aqara products, including the EU version of the Aqara Hub. You can check out their range of products via the link below;
Webhallen currently have the Aqara Hub priced at 799Kr, which is around UK£68/US$89/EU€77, so almost double the price of the Chinese version available on AliExpress, Gearbest etc. However, the fact that this will come with an EU plug will probably be enough for most Europeans to swallow when taking into account import taxes and long delivery times from Asia.
The release date for this product – at least in Sweden – is slated for April 2019 (hopefully not April 1st…) with the range of switches and sensors listed as being available from February 22nd. There’s still no firm news on the US version.
One of our colleagues who tipped us off with this story has already placed an order, so hopefully we’ll be able to share some official pics soon after. More information available via the link below.