A recent update to the Aqara Home app has revealed the existence of a few more devices, and if you know anything about Aqara, you’ll also know that new devices tend to come thick and fast. It should be noted from the start, however, that these additions are showing up primarily with the app set to Mainland China.
First off is a curious addition, that lists what appears to be a new hub with the name Hub M1S 2022. The current M1S is not listed, so it’s entirely possible that this addition is an upgrade to the internals of the device, rather than a brand new hub. It’s also possible that this device, whatever extra capabilities it might have, would be for Chinese Mainland users only, as this hub is not listed on other servers. Still, it does show that Aqara is not keen on letting the dust settle for too long.
The next new product is even more confusing, as whilst it was recently announced, the corresponding initial images of the product – a new contact sensor – looked like the currently available contact sensors. The device listed in the app, however, looks identical to the recently released P1 contact sensor, which sports a totally different design to the aforementioned available contact sensors we’ve come to know from Aqara. It could simply be the wrong image of course!
This new contact sensor adds to a new lineup of other devices recently released or announced by Aqara, which includes the E1 Water Leak Sensor, E1 wired and wireless switches, as well as the E1 Roller Shade Driver and E1 USB Hub (read the review below).
Next up is another new smart lock of the kind that Aqara is known for, with the new model listed as Smart Door Lock J1. There’s currently no information on whether the lock uses Bluetooth or Zigbee (or both), let alone whether it’s compatible with Apple HomeKit. As it doesn’t mention a hub in the initial stages of setup, we have to assume it uses Bluetooth, which is also par for the course with HomeKit locks anyway. All in all, nothing major perhaps, but still interesting to see products being worked on, right?
Thanks to Arthur for the tip off.