CES 2017: Xiaomi (Not) Live Blogby Matt Humrick on January 5, 2017 4:10 PM EST
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I'm here at Xiaomi's “A Glimpse Into The Future” CES 2017 press conference, where the company will be announcing at least one new product.
This is Xiaomi’s first time presenting at CES.
The fairly small ballroom is packed and apparently RF shielded.
I don't have any cellular service in here, and Xiaomi does not have Wi-Fi available.
So I'll be posting this "live" blog in one chunk after the event once I'm connected to the rest of the world again.
Looks like standing room only at the back. A lot of press interested to see what Xiaomi is presenting.
The music is loud and the bass is thumping. We must be getting close to starting.
Video playing: Showing a lot of large black monoliths. “Not just a smartphone, but a door to the future.”
On stage discussing the company’s history. Founded April 6, 2010. Still a young company.
Created a unique approach to designing and selling products.
Three pillars: Hardware, Internet services, Mi Ecosystem (IoT platform)
Xiaomi in 20 different countries/locations now.
Hugo Barra on stage
He’s filling us in on the company’s recent products
Mi 5s: Uses an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the front glass. Requires no cutout in glass.
Mi VR: 9-axis intertial motion controller
What will phones look like in the future?
Xiaomi’s answer: Mi Mix
Mi Mix has almost no bezels. Larger display with same overall footprint of phones with smaller displays.
New tech in Mi Mix:
Mi 5 used ceramic for just the back, but Mi MIX’s body is full ceramic.
There’s a new white version of the Mi Mix. Available in China later this year.
Now discussing Mi Ecosystem. Consists of hundreds of smart products and IoT devices.
Has grown tremendously over the last couple of years. Xiaomi is working/investing with 77 companies.
He says Xiaomi is world’s most successful tech incubator.
Lots of different products: air purifiers (important category in China), bicycles, drones, robots
Mi Home app controls Xiaomi smart home appliances. Available for all Android devices. Can use it to see the path of Xiaomi’s vacuum cleaner.
Also displays health and fitness stats
New Mi Router: Mi Router HD
Up to 2600Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 4x4 MU-MIMO. Uses a Qualcomm IPQ8064 chip. 8TB internal hard drive.
Launching later in China for under $500 (8TB) or $200 (1 TB)
The big announcement for today:
It’s thin (very)
37% thinner than Mi Mix. Thinner than iPhone 7
Thin is in, baby.
Mi TV 4 smart TV (not a smartphone!)
4.9mm at thinnest point
almost no bezels
Brushed aluminum back cover, and transparent stand
PatchWall deep learning UI layer. Uses meta-data and viewing history to power personal recommendation engine.
UI uses an adaptive grid based on magazine layouts. More relevant content is presented in larger, easier to notice tiles. It looks pretty slick.
Now discussing modular TVs. Most TVs are completely integrated. Can’t upgrade individual components. Modular TVs separate the display from the rest of the electronics. Buy a new Mi TV Bat (sound bar), which includes the processors and ports, and connect it to your existing display.
One cable, Mi Port, connects sound bar to screen. Reduces cable clutter.
Mi TV 4 supports Dolby Atmos. Uses two upward firing speakers to reflect sound off the ceiling to provide a vertical element to surround sound.
No mention of panel specs
Mi TV 4 will be available in four sizes: 49", 55", and 65"
The 65" Mi TV 4 will be priced below $2000 with the Dolby Atmos Home Theater bar, and will be below $1500 with the standard Mi TV Bar.
A summary of Xiaomi's announcements for today:
And that’s a wrap. Sorry about the technical difficulties.
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negusp - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkCeramic is cool but brittle af.
I miss the days of the removable back cover, battery, and microSD slot :(
ckbryant - Sunday, January 8, 2017 - linkApple is making some of their watch bodies out of Ceramic, so many Xiaomi stole their IP to make durable ceramics (Asia invented Ceramics in all honesty)
ckbryant - Sunday, January 8, 2017 - link**so maybe Xiaomi stole...*not so many
Kepe - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkCool, now where can I buy a Mi TV 4? Oh... Right... Only in China.
I do have a Mi 5s, though, which is a fantastic phone. Had it smuggled from China to Europe without import taxes. A TV might be a bit harder to import. Also it wouldn't support any European broadcasts anyways. Why do they keep showing off their products in markets they don't sell them in?
"Looky here, we have all these great, aggressively priced products, but you won't be able to purchase them!"
Ukyo - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkGotta get the word out and interest up to bring it in...
cycomiko - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkand?
that is what it is like with most of CES products for the rest of the world.
Oh cool laptop. Bugger, US only until basically 2019.. excellent.
0iron - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkSo, the TV doesn't have HDR?
serendip - Friday, January 6, 2017 - linkSo Xiaomi is using what the CIA uses in downtown Baghdad? Blocking cellular signals and all that. Sorry, been watching Miami Vice too often. That TV looks gorgeous with barely any bezel, like a giant Mi Mix. Xiaomi just might be able to pull of an IoT range of home products.
TesseractOrion - Friday, January 6, 2017 - linkIf you scaled up that robot gundam/panzerzwei/mechwarrior thing, would it still work? Maybe 20 metres tall? Must be self-balancing of course, but adding an active tail for maneuverability would be cool ;-)
Also, no MiPad 3? With an X1 could've been a Ninny Switch analogue or better....
Meteor2 - Friday, January 6, 2017 - linkThat Mix is a fine-looking phone. About time we got to all-display fronts. Google, with your ridiculous blank top and bottom borders on the Pixel, take note!