Mi Smart Speaker Unboxing and First Impressions

As a part of its strategy to take on Google Nest Mini and Amazon Echo’s line-up, Xiaomi launched Mi Smart Speaker powered by Google Assistant in India under the smart home category. This smart speaker is the latest offering to join the vast ecosystem of Xiaomi’s smart products.

Box contents

  •  Mi Smart Speaker
  • Adapter
  • User manual

In terms of design, the oval-shaped speaker has a metal mesh wrapped in the centre with 10,531 holes for even audio distribution. The top and bottom frames are made of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) material with a matte finish. There is a light ring on top similar to the Echo that gives a visual indicator for notifications.  

On top, we have four buttons volume down, play/pause, mute, and volume up. However, none of the buttons are backlit, which makes it difficult to operate in the dark. We can find a couple of microphones on the top of the speaker. There’s a Mi logo at the front and a port to connect the power adapter at the back. It weighs around 853 grams and measures 131x104x151mm. 

The 12W speakers feature a 63.5mm driver and Texas Instruments’ TAS5805M Hi-Fi Audio Processor giving a 360° rich surround sound. It is equipped with DTS sound, Bluetooth and Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 2 far-field microphones for accurate voice recognition.

You can easily set up the speaker with the Google Home app and use it to control thousands of connected devices and appliances, like lights, thermostats, security cameras, and more. 

The Mi Smart Speakers lets you play & control music with your voice, align your daily tasks, check the weather, get answers, set reminders, and much more with the help of Google Assistant in English and Hindi.

It’s worth mentioning that, Mi Smart Speakers can be paired together in the same room for the perfect cinematic stereo sound experience. Users can also use the Chromecast functionality to stream shows, movies, and music on their TV or speaker. It supports various streaming services including YouTube Music, Spotify, JioSaavn, Wynk Music, and Gaana.

The Mi Smart Speaker comes in Black colour, is priced at Rs. 3999, but it is available at an introductory price of Rs. 3499 from Flipkart, mi.com, and Mi Home stores.