Mi, or Mijia, depending on where you read about them, have already bombarded us with a couple of HomeKit devices in the last few months, but it seems they’re far from done. Their latest device is no less than a Smart Control centre, with a full-colour screen, microphones and speaker. The official name is the Xiao Ai Touchscreen Speaker Box (they probably need something a bit snappier…). From what we can gather, it’s also a hub that would act in the same way as the Mi Hubs that currently exist, albeit with a colour screen.
Details are sketchy at the moment, but this isn’t a large full-screen device just for a home hub of course, as it can act as a video screen for video playback, a music speaker and even voice calls. On top of that, you have an alarm clock, with what seems like different types of displays to choose from. It can also connect to the recently debuted Video doorbell, so you can not only get notified if someone presses the bell, but you can also see them on the screen. You can even send the smart display to a suitable Xiaomi TV/Set Top Box.
On top of all this, it can also connect to other 3rd party apps although judging by the logos, on display, these are mainly apps or devices based solely in Mainland China.
Clearly, this is aimed at the market already hosted by Google Home and the Echo Show, but there’s currently no word on price, unfortunately. However, if you’re one of those people that has delved into the Mi Home side of things to supplement your HomeKit home (addiction), then here’s hoping that the price is reasonable.