Along with the Xiaomi Bluetooth Headphone Air, the China-based company has In addition reported its new smart speaker — Xiaomi XiaoAi Speaker HD. As the name suggests, the speaker arrives with the company’s own XiaoAi voice-controlled smart assistant.
The Xiaomi XiaoAi Speaker HD also ships with HiFi sound excellent and 360-degree surround sound support. It is priced at 599 Yuan, what roughly converts to $87 and is now up for pre-orders however will start shipping from 11th January.
In terms of design, the smart speaker from Xiaomi features a tower-like minimal design and measures 150mm x 150mm x 230mm. At a first glance, the speaker seems extremly similar to the Google Home series. The company has even opted to use the dark gray and light gray fabric that wraps around the speaker’s body.
It is made in such a way that it protects the internal components from dust but does not affect the sound transmission. The speaker is designed as a three-dimensional stereo structure that delivers an immersive 360-degree surround sound, says Xiaomi. On the top, there are four buttons — power button, amount up, amount down, and play/pause button.
The company moreover says that the Xiaomi XiaoAi Speaker HD arrives equipped with high-power full-range speaker array that offers strong functionality and rich musical expression. Xiaomi has also optimized sound field and the 104mm large-caliber woofer has a much more accurate transient response.
The Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that arrives equipped with the speaker delivers strong loudness control and could automatically compensate and adjust the audio according to the amount, dynamically adjust the tri-band loudness for a balanced sound field, and offer clearer sound performance that’s natural, gentle and resistant. For connectivity, it uses dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 technology to support A2DP music playback.
To make sure that it captures the user commands in one go, the Xiaomi XiaoAi Speaker HD ships in a ring of microphone array that consists of six high-sensitivity microphones. This ensures accuracy in voice recognition as well as quick response to those commands.
As said, the XiaoAi Smart Assistant from Xiaomi is powering the smart speaker, what enables users to control it through voice commands. It Furthermore enables controlling smart home devices switching the lights on/off or adjusting the brightness, etc.