Smart speakers with voice assistants are becoming increasingly popular. Amazon leads the market with itsAlexa-powered Echo lineup of speakers, and Google’s close behind with the Google Assistant-poweredGoogle Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. Xiaomi, on the other hand, doesn’t sell a smart speaker internationally, but that won’t be the case for much longer.
In July, Xiaomi took the wraps off theMi AI smart speaker. Now, its subsidiary Yeelight has launched a spiritual successor, the Yeelight Voice Assistant, that it looks a little like theAmazon Echo Dot — complete with volume buttons on the top and a blue LED ring.
Xiaomi’s calling the Yeelight Voice Assistant a “Dual AI” speaker: The Chinese model features Xiaomi’s AI voice assistant, and the global model has Alexa. The speaker packs six microphones, a single 2-watt loudspeaker, and responds to voice commands given within a five-meter radius. It’s powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU with 256MB of RAM, and sports 256MB of internal memory, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, and a Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled radio.
The Yeelight Voice Assistant can control of home automation products like smart LED lamps, table lamps, bedside lamps, and ceiling lights, as you might expect. It currently only supports Xiaomi devices, but expanded compatibility’s said to be coming in an update.
The Yeelight Voice Assistant costs CNY 199 (about $30), which just about matches the price of Amazon’s Echo Dot. Units are expected to begin shipping January 31 in China, but there’s no word about the international release yet.