Xiaomi’s annual developer ‘get-together’, known as MiDC, announced a lot of new products and services today, but also officially announced a couple of new products that relate to HomeKit and Mi Home. The first of these new products is the long-awaited update to the Mi Gateway, which also allegedly comes in HomeKit and Non-Homekit varieties.
We’ve been talking up this hub, and the Aqara equivalent for a while now, with both devices having similar specs, although currently, the Aqara version still seems to be a way off from a release date. The Mi Hub has been on beta test for a while now, with around a hundred users in Mainland China testing the hub, with many images posted online, revealing aspects of the hub, including the HomeKit code. Indeed, even officially released images reveal the HomeKit QR code, albeit not altogether blatantly. As reported previously, the new hub will not only feature ZigBee 3.0 but wifi, Bluetooth as well as Bluetooth mesh, which will make it a real powerhouse.
The Mi Hub, (with model number DMWG03LM for the HomeKit version) for will be released on December 12th in Mainland China, although there’s currently no mention of an international release. The image we were able to obtain, does show a price of RMB129, which is insanely cheap, at under US$20, although it’s unlikely you’ll be paying that little if you were to order it from places like GearBest or AliExpress. Another possible reason for the low price in the image is that this could be the cost for the non-HomeKit version only, as in the image you do only see the ‘Works with Mijia’ logo, with no HomeKit logo in sight. This could alternately just be due to the company presentation focusing solely on Xiaomi and Mi Home, so it’s hard to be certain.
Soon after December 12th, there should be more information on the new hub, so we’ll update the article or post new info as necessary.
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