Xiaomi, following its line of offering us practically any type of product, launched the Mi Smart Speaker, a speaker that also incorporates the Google assistant, direct competition from Alexa or Siri.
If we had to compare this new Xiaomi product, we could do it (apart from the Google Smart Speaker, with a price higher than the Mi Smart Speaker) with a device that we can almost say is in any home, the Echo Dot from Amazon, a small speaker that allows us to have the Alexa assistant and manage the home automation of the house through an app on the mobile and with which we can listen to music, send messages to other speakers, etc.
Even with all this, the Echo Dot has not succeeded so much with its more pro versions (and expensive) but with the basic one, and if there is something wrong, this is the deficiency in what refers to its speaker function, that is, in power and sound quality. It is in this field where the Mi Smart Speaker from Xiaomi makes a clear difference and is positioned far above the Echo Dot, by offering great sound quality not only power.
Such is the difference in this section, that the Mi Smart Speaker not only reaches 90 dB, but also allows equalization and customization of the sound. That is, while the Echo Dot It would be more of an assistant that allows us to listen to music, the Mi Smart Speaker is positioned as a speaker with which to enjoy it and that also as an addition, allows us to manage our home.
We can put a bit to the Mi Smart Speaker in front of the famous Echo Dot. Even so, taking into account that it allows managing the home, it is also important to analyze how this new Xiaomi speaker behaves compared to the almost sales leader that is Amazon’s.
While it is true that taking into account that Alexa draws on Google to offer its services, it seems that at the level of assistance the Ok assistant, Google that incorporates the Mi Smart Speaker is still very far in speed and capacity. Xiaomi’s speaker, or rather its assistant, shows clear difficulties in responding to simple commands, in addition to a lot of delay when it comes to responding. While Alexa It quickly captures what we ask of it, even intuiting some parts when we forget it, when we use the Mi Smart Speaker we must be very clear, concise and say the exact words and in a specific order so that it understands us, and it does not always do it either.
If we have a single light at home that is domotized and that we have with the name “Entrance light”, with Alexa we can simply say: Alexa, turn on the light.
The assistant understands that it is the one that is connected, or at most, he asks you, do you want me to turn on “Entrance light”? On the other hand, if we do that with the Google assistant through the Mi Smart Speaker it will be unable in most cases to carry out the command, needing the precision of saying: “Turn on input light” to work.
The positive point that we find and that still positions the Mi Smart Speaker above the Echo Dot is that this issue is solvable in the future through Google improvements, that is to say that with an update later there should be no problem. In addition, since it is from Xiaomi, simply by linking Google Home to the Xiaomi Mi Home app, all the devices that we will add in the future to the second will be immediately incorporated into the Google Home, while if we have the Alexa, what we will find is the need to add one by one the devices that we gather in our house, making it more tedious.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker datasheet
|Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker|
|Dimensions and weight||151 x 131 x 104 mm
WiFi 2.4 GHZ / 5 GHz
|Compatibility||iOS 9.0 or higher
Android 4.4 or higher
|Feeding||DC 12V / 1.5A|
If we focus on the technical aspect, we see great and important features in the Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker such as its metal structure with 10,531 holes that make up a 0.7 millimeter thick mesh to generate surround sound. In addition, it has lines that remind the Threw out Plus with its aura-style LED lighting capable of reproducing 16 million colors (although generally white will be the color that we will see the most when we use the Mi Smart Speaker).
In its upper part we have the touch controls (volume up and down, as well as mute) that are complemented by voice control thanks to its two integrated microphones that promise to capture our sound from a long distance, although in reality, it is difficult to have an answer from an adjoining room.
In the sound section, inside the case we have a Texas Instrument TAS5805M processor and a 12W speaker with a 63.5mm driver. It is also compatible with the DTS codec.
Regarding connectivity, the Mi Smart Speaker is compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 and A2DP, as well as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFI. And as a novelty, Xiaomi has integrated Chromecast to be able to play our music, which enhances that position of advantage of the Mi Smart Speaker compared to Amazon’s Echo Dot.
An also interesting point to keep in mind is that, although we did not find skillsAs we do have in the Echo Dot, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker allows us to turn off our television if we have it linked to Google Home and even, something very practical, control Netflix, something impossible for users of the Amazon assistant who can only pay for the most expensive version of their products.
Xiaomi products compatible with Google Home and Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker
Within the Google Home system and the Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker that we are analyzing we can connect these Xiaomi gadgets to be able to control them with our voice:
Temperature and humidity monitoring:
Robot vacuum cleaners:
Taking into account all this amount of Xiaomi products and those to come (knowing the speed with which the brand brings out new and varied products) that we can easily link and manage with the Mi Smart Speaker, this speaker becomes a clear and worthy rival and is positioned as a smart and practical purchase, especially if we decide to bet on the Xiaomi ecosystem and not on others like Amazon’s.