Xiaomi Launches the Alexa Enabled Yeelight Speaker

Xiaomi is aiming to up its home products game and take on Google and Apple by launching a smart speaker. Yeelight, a Xiaomi subsidiary, will be launching the smart speaker. Xiaomi releases its home automation products under the Yeelight branding.

Dubbed ‘Dual AI’ speaker, it comes with both Amazon’s Alexa, for international markets, and Xiaomi’s own Artificial Intelligence assistant, for the Chinese market. The speaker, which aims to replace the Smart speaker released in July, features a round blue LED ring on its top with volume control buttons. Blue light was known to be Alexa Echo Dot’s trademark feature before Xiaomi decided to go for it.

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About the Smart Speaker

“Dual AI” runs on a quad-core Cortex A53 processor and has 256 MB of built-in storage. The gadget has a RAM of 256 MB, and a 2 watt speaker unit.

There are several connectivity options available as well. It has dual-band (4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi with support for direct connections via Bluetooth. It comes with 6-microphones to ensure 360-degree hearing within a range of 5 meters. The Yeelight speaker features Acoustic Echo Cancellation and Beamforming technology to reduce the noise and ensure accuracy.

Similar to other home-aid AIs, Xiaomi’s smart speaker can perform basic tasks like playing music and providing info on other smart home products like smart LED lamps, table lamps, bedside lamps, and ceiling lights. For the time being only Xiaomi’s own smart products are supported but the company plans to increase compatibility soon.

People are calling Yeelight smart speaker a Chinese version of Echo Dot from Amazon, and they aren’t completely wrong, as similarities between Echo Dot and Xiaomi’s smart speaker can’t be ignored. Nonetheless, Yeelight speaker does seem relevant and eye-catching.

The speaker costs around Rs 3,000 ($30) and is available on Xiaomi’s website.

  • Why people buy Xiaomi products when almost all of their products have to be integrated to their app which strictly allows use of products for “China Mainland” only. If you chose your location as “China Mainland” that product works for sometime till a new update and then you will be blocked to use their product.

    This happened with me using their two cameras, now these camera or useless until I hack the firmware for use …

    In $29.99 you can get Amazon Eco Dot or Google Home Mini. Both these products have proven how good they are. Such crap should be avoided which Xiaomi sells globally but restricts to China mainland only.

    • Agreed.
      Their products are mainly for Chinese market, and many of them are blatant copy of western products with lower price and lower quality.
      However these products are selling well in asian markets as well, because of cheaper price.
      I will still prefer Amazon echo dot or google product, because of quality and innovation and these company truly deserve that. Not some chinese company making a copy of these with cheap price and lower quality.

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