If you’ve been wondering about getting into HomeKit compatible Xiaomi smart home devices, you’ll almost certainly have heard of the Aqara hub by now, considering it has been nearly 2 years since it was released. In addition, at the start of this year, Mijia brought out their own Mi Smart (Multimode) Gateway, that appears, at least superficially, to provide the same functionality as the aforementioned Aqara Hub. It also comes with a HomeKit code. Unfortunately, the current Mi hub only works with the Chinese Mainland server within the Mi Home app, so if you wanted to use any of the EU servers, it’s simply not possible. The potential good news, however, is that there are rumours of an EU version of the Mi Smart Gateway coming in the next few months. Our friends over at the Polish Smart Home website Smartme.pl have discovered a post from supposedly reliable source Sudhanshu Ambhore, that lists a series of devices coming to the EU (and EU servers) over the summer, one of which includes an EU version of the Mi Smart Gateway. This mostly means that you will be able to use the EU servers with the gateway, which are more responsive for European users than using the Chinese mainland server.
As you can see in the image above, many won’t be HomeKit compatible in any way, with only the aforementioned hub, and possibly the Mi LED Bulb being of interest to HomeKit users, although so far there’s no firm indication that the bulb will be HomeKit compatible, despite the current equivalent colour model being HomeKit enabled. The other device we know that is HomeKit compatible, and actually available from Chinese online stores, is the Mi Light Sensor, which we reviewed earlier this year. You can check out our reviews of both the Mi Smart Gateway and the Mi LIght sensor below, but ultimately, it might be better for EU users to simply buy the EU version of the Aqara hub, which came out in dribs and drabs last summer, or wait for the long-overdue Aqara M2 hub.
One potential fly in the ointment could, however, be that the EU version could end up not being a HomeKit version. This is unlikely, but when our source first discovered evidence of this device nearly a year ago, it appeared in the logs that there was the potential for two versions – one HomeKit enabled version, and one without. On balance, this seems unlikely as the current Mi Hub for the EU, which isn’t HomeKit compatible, was only relatively recently introduced to European stores.