Xiaomi unveils new smart TV that’s even thinner than an iPhone
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(L to R) Xiaomi executives Wang Chuan, Wang Xiang, and Hugo Barra pose next to the new smart TV. Photo Credit: Xiaomi

(L to R) Xiaomi executives Wang Chuan, Wang Xiang, and Hugo Barra pose next to the new smart TV. Photo Credit: Xiaomi

It’s launching in China first and there’s no announcement for other markets just yet

Xiaomi debuted its new Mi TV 4 at CES today, an ultra-thin, frameless 4K TV with relatively few parts to make set up as easy as possible, and a new AI assistant, Patch Wall, to help users sort through over 44 million movies and hundreds of thousands of reviews.

Senior Vice President Wang Xiang described Xiaomi’s business as a triad of hardware, internet services, and IoT. For the latter, one of the centerpieces discussed in terms of the existing wares, encompassing several hundred IoT devices, was the Mi Ecosystem. According to Xiaomi, it now has over 50 million connected devices on it and expanded its market to over 20 countries and 77 partners.

“Now what makes our approach to IoT very unique is the way we incubate and invest in specialized companies that design and build these products,” Vice President Hugo Barra told attendees.

Wang Xiang discuss the Mi Ecosystem devices. Image Credit: Xiaomi

Wang Xiang discuss the Mi Ecosystem devices. Image Credit: Xiaomi

The presentation, Xiaomi’s first at CES, further discussed the Mi Home app, which can be used to track and control this constellation of devices, from vacuums and air purifiers to smart toys and scooters.

But the real show stealer was, without a doubt, the TV 4 set. It will be available in China soon, for “well under $2,000,” but unfortunately for American attendees, Xiaomi didn’t announce that any of its new products would be available in the US, so it is unclear when it, or other products showcased, will have a North American release.

The 4.9 mm screen, which mounts on a clear stand, is actually less thick than most smartphones, and comes in three sizes: 49, 55, and 65 inches. The largest of these, the 65-inch, comes with a Dolby Atmos dimensional sound system, meaning that it improves sound quality by reflecting it off of the room’s walls through the speakers.

As Engadget notes, these projectors, which add about $500 to the basic set price, are advanced enough to distinguish where a sound would come from in real life, like an aircraft engine overhead, or footsteps echoing up from behind you.

And the devices incorporate the new TV Bat, which is modular, with one main connector cable and will be upgradeable without necessarily needing to replace the screen, too.

The company also debuted a new enterprise router, the Mi Router HD, a white version of the Mi MIX edge-to-edge display smartphone, indicative of where design is going these days. Ranking fourth in China, it’s now also ranked third in India, according to Mashable. The presenters did not offer any further hints about the Mi 6, the Mi 5’s eventual replacement, which might be shown next month at another venue.

Mi MIX in white, available only in China. Image Credit: Xiaomi

Mi MIX in white, available only in China. Image Credit: Xiaomi

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