Mi launches products in India amid lockdown

India is currently in the middle of an unprecedented lockdown which has severely impacted the ability of major technology giants. They find it difficult to maintain the supply chain and to launch new products in the market.

When we talk about technology and smartphones, Xiaomi surely can’t miss one’s mind.

Xiaomi India launched it’s most awaited flagship smartphone Mi 10 on 8th May 2020 after a short delay with some other products. 

Here’s a look of 4 products that Mi launched during lockdown:

1. Mi Vacuum-Mop P

The vacuum-mop is an AI-driven home cleaning device. It is equipped with 12 different multi-directional sensors. The smart vacuum cleaner also has a Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) navigation system to scan a “complex environment” and navigate through hurdles in the cleaning process.

It comes with a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor. It is powered by an anti-collision sensor, an anti-fall sensor coupled with LDS navigation based on SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) algorithm.

It can perform a 360° scan of its surrounding with an 8-meter range up to six times per second. The accuracy deviation rate of the device is less than 2 percent.

The device has a 3200mAh lithium battery that enables it to perform up to 110 minutes of cleaning. It has an electronically-controlled water tank that comes with three gears of water for different floor materials. The device will become immobile when it runs out of water owing to its outlet sensing technology. The smart appliance has a brushless motor.

Modes: The vacuum mop supports two cleaning modes- Sweeping & Mopping mode and Sweeping only mode. The Sweeping & Mopping mode and the Sweeping Only mode use the 2-in-1 tank and a 550 ml large dust box that comes with the product.

The robot can clean surfaces similar to manual cleaning with dual-direction repeated wiping to provide a “thorough and deep clean.”

The Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P has built-in Wi-Fi capability. Users can enable smart control for the cleaning device by connecting it to the Mi Home app.

They can view the virtual map that the vacuum “sees” from the app. Users can also schedule the cleaning of a particular partition at a specific time through the app.

Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P is available on Mi.com through crowdfunding with prices starting at ₹17,999 along with a no-cost EMI option starting ₹2,999 per month for six months.

2. Mi 10

The Smartphone is priced at ₹49,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage whereas the 8GB RAM 256GB storage variant is priced at ₹54,999. The Mi 10 is available for pre-booking on Amazon India’s website and Xiaomi’s own mi.com.

Apart from no-cost EMI options across various banks, buyers that purchase the Mi 10 using an HDFC credit or debit card will get a cashback of ₹3,000. Xiaomi is also offering a wireless power bank worth ₹2,499 for free to all those buyers who pre-book the device before 17 May.

On the company’s official page of the device, Xiaomi claims that the device can be purchased from 18 May onwards.

Display: The Mi 10 features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with FullHD + resolution and also gets a 90Hz refresh rate. The 3D curved E3 panel also gets a touch sampling rate of 180Hz for better touch sensitivity. The display comes with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The peak brightness goes up to 1120 nits.

Performance: The Mi 10 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC which is paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. For cooling, the device gets Liquid Cool 2.0 vapor chamber along with 6 stack graphite and a graphene cooling system. The internal storage is UFS 3.0 for faster file transfers and smoother experience overall.

Battery: The battery is a 4780mAh unit with a USB Type-C charging port. The battery supports wired and wireless charging speeds of up to 30W. The device comes with a 30W charger in the box. The Xiaomi Mi 10 also supports reverse charging with speed up to 10W.

Camera: The selling point for Xiaomi is the 108MP primary sensor which gets 1/1.33 inch large sensor size, OIS, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixels, f/1.69 aperture, and seven-piece lens. Mi 10 will also allow users to click RAW images with the 108MP sensor.

Apart from the primary sensor there’s a 13MP ultra wide-angle with up to 123° FoV and f/2.4 aperture. The device also gets a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture.

3. Mi True Wireless Earphones 2

Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 price is set at Rs. 4,499, however, for a limited period, the company will be selling the earphones at Rs. 3,999. The limited period promotion will run from May 12 to May 17. As is clear from the promotion period, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 will go on sale starting May noon. The earbuds will be available via Amazon, mi.com, Mi Home stores.

The earphones feature an AirPods-like earpiece design with an outer-ear fit and 14.2mm drivers. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 support Bluetooth 5.0, with the SBC, AAC, and LHDC Bluetooth codecs. LHDC is a less common competitor to Qualcomm’s aptX and Sony’s LDAC Bluetooth codecs, promising high-bitrate audio transmission like other advanced Bluetooth codecs. You also get environmental noise cancellation on voice calls with the earphones.

The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 has 30mAh batteries in the earphones and an additional 250mAh battery in the charging case. The earphones have touch-sensitive controls for playback and accessing the voice assistant on your smartphone. Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri are supported, and the earphones also have optimization for fast pairing and battery levels on devices running on MIUI 12.

4. Mi Box 4K

The Mi Box 4K is a standalone Android TV 9 Pie-powered device that plugs into your existing television through the HDMI port to convert it into a Smart Tv. The device is Wi-Fi enabled for connectivity and gives users access to a variety of apps and services available on Android TV, including popular streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and more.

Mi Box 4K price is set at Rs. 3,499. It will go on sale for the first time on May 10 at noon via Flipkart, mi.com, Mi Home stores, and Mi Studio stores. Xiaomi has partnered with Docubay, Epic, HoiChoi, and Shemaroo to provide exciting offers to Mi Box 4K buyers. 

It is designed to be placed on a table-top and is connected to the TV using an included HDMI cable. The device is powered by a quad-core Amlogic processor, and features 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage for apps.

Up to 4K streaming on supported content, platforms are supported, along with the HDR10 format. The device will be capable of playing 4K and HDR content from streaming platforms supporting these formats, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.