Since the release of the first smart speakers of Amazon in 2014, this has become a new category in the gadgets market. According to statistics, in 2017 global smart speaker sales have exceeded 30 million units. At the same time, the loT equipment industry is also rapidly developing. So it’s obvious there is a problem of controlling these large numbers of loT devices more conveniently and quickly. As for now, apart from using the mobile APP control, another better choice is the AI smart speaker. Based on this idea, Xiaomi has launched its own smart speaker at 169 yuan. It is named the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker (aka Xiaomi Love AI Speaker). As the company has myriads of IoT devices, this product should be very useful when controlling them.
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Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker Appearance
As usual, the box comes in white and it carries the product’s image printed on the top.
On the right side, we can find the pictures of the Xiaomi Smart Home line products supported by this speaker.
On the left side, we can see the partner companies’ logos.
Not surprisingly, the speaker itself is white.
It has a very compact appearance.
On the top side of the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker, we can see four microphones as well as four control buttons (voice, pause, and volume rocker).
There is a micro USB port on the side.
On the bottom side, we can find the speaker grill like a honeycomb.
Apart from the speaker, there are four legs allowing the product to stand steadily on any desktop material.
There is also the Xiaomi logo showing it’s been made by the company itself and not by one of its sub-brands.
The box also includes a charger and a user manual.
The charger supports power output of 5V2A.
Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker Performance
The original Xiaomi AI Smart Speaker and its sibling, the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker use Orion’s voice recognition and TTS technology. Orion’s Orion Voice OS system, which is operated by Cheetah Mobile, can awaken tens of millions of times per day and supports deep-seated semantic understanding in the vertical domain, with an accuracy rate of 96%. In addition, Orion Star Sky makes the voice sound warmer and more pleasant by optimizing the emotional chat system.
First, we should download the APP by scanning the code. Once it’s installed and you are logged in your Xiaomi account, the system will let you make some customizations. Especially, it wants to know some preferences of yours. It will help the system to give you recommendation according to them.
Say, it wants to know what your favorite singer is and what a genre you like. Then the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker will suggest some songs for you.
You can even enter the home or company address and your travel preferences. So it will help the speaker to make suggestions for your smart traveling.
There are a lot of rich features, such as your horoscope, gender, etc. So you will get recommendations based on what you are interested in.
From this point of view, the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker needs to have a very deep understanding of the users, and then customize personalized content based on the information provided by the users.
If you have noticed, QQ is among the partners. So users can log in QQ music to play their favorite songs.
In addition to customized content, the speaker also provides a lot of audio content.
Once we enter the APP, we will see three different sections: QQ music, audiobooks, and My music. QQ music, featured radio stations, song charts, song list recommendations, and other functions are fully able to meet the needs of users. There are tons of high-quality audiobooks concerning all spheres such as business, finance, and so on.
The Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker supports up to 11 kinds of Mijia’s loT equipment. So this product can be the key to the smart home control.
No need to forget we are dealing with an artificial intelligence. This means you can teach the speaker and it will become smarter. Say, you can set new questions and their answers. So the next time when you ask something taught earlier, it will know how to reply.
The bottom line
After using the Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker for a few days, you will understand it is smarter than the original model. It is capable of answering users’ questions more smartly. Now it has become more educated. Say, you can ask how earthquakes are generated or why the Earth is round. This speaker will give you quite satisfactory answers.
Of course, there is a real difference in comparison to the regular variant. It’s the sound quality. So if you have certain requirements on the sound quality, you’d better choose the Xiaomi AI speaker.
Looking at the smart speaker market, the international giants, Amazon and Apple have also launched their own models. However, their smart speaker products do not integrate well into our lives because of their high selling prices and the lack of many home appliances. In this sense, Xiaomi’s smart speaker is a great option for all Mi fans that have already acquired other smart home IoT devices that need a smart control.
Xiaomi Mi AI Mini Speaker Review: It’s Become Smarter
Design and build quality - 8/10
Features - 8.3/10
Compatibility - 7.5/10
Price - 8/10