The HomeKit compatible Aqara Hub has been around for over 18 months now, with HomeKit News first reviewing this product back in August of 2018! This was the Chinese version, with a US version following on in 2019, and along with an EU version reasonably soon after that. However, despite being informed that a UK version was on the cards, there’s been little evidence of it, despite one person on the r/Homekit subReddit stating they had one and were testing it.
Now it seems the UK version may well be on the verge of coming out, with Aqara having kindly supplied us with a few images to show that it does indeed exist. Jon Ratcliffe from ActiveJR also revealed images of his own UK Aqara hub unit. This would suggest it’s finally about to drop, although with all the issues surrounding production in general, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the UK in particular, with it’s exit from the EU, it could be a while before it actually begins to appear.
The potential delay could also end up with the Aqara Hub surfacing at the same time as the long-awaited Aqara M2 hub, which due to its design, removes the need for regional versions being made, with only an easily available USB power adaptor being required to power the M2.
Nevertheless, it does show that Aqara are trying to make good on their word, and whilst many may not realise it, the Type G UK plug is far more widespread than it is given credit for, with this type being used as far as places like Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Botswana, and many more countries (many of which are using it due to former ties to the UK via the former British Empire…).
UPDATE: Thanks to one of our visitors, it would appear that the Type G version is already available in the Lazada online store in Malaysia, where they also use the same plugs as the UK. One reviewer even states “The item comes with the 3-pin local plug (no need adapter)”.