Xiaomi held its summer event today (August 10) and launched a number of new products including the Mi Mix 4, Pad 5 and Xiaomi Sound speaker. The event is taking place a day before Samsung's Unpacked event, timing that is unlikely to have been by accident.
Though details leaked ahead of the presentation, Lei Jun's presentation didn't disappoint with some impressive features in all the products revealed. Highlights included the Mi Mix's under-screen camera, the Pad 5's iPad Pro-level specs, and the Harman Kardon technology and High-res audio from the miniature Xiaomi Sound speaker. There were also some new OLED TVs and, oh yes... a Cyberdog that does backflips.
This is what we know so far. We will add to this page as more information drops.
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How can I watch the Xiaomi event?
The Xiaomi summer event took place on August 10, 2021 at 8.30am EDT / 1.30pm UK / 7.30pm Beijing. You can also watch the live stream in the embedded video below. Alternatively, you can to watch the event live on Xiaomi's YouTube page and the Xiaomi event page (in Chinese only).
Xiaomi Mix 4
The biggest launch of the event was the Mi Mix 4 and it features a brand new under-screen selfie camera. The technology known as Camera Under Panel (CUP) sees a 20MP camera underneath the screen. The camera is virtually invisible to the eye but through the use of micro diamond-shaped pixels and a re-designed circuit array, the camera zone allows enough transparency for it to capture clear images through the display.
The display is a 6.67-inch 1080p AMOLED curved display, with 10-bit color, a 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling. The Mi Mix 4 comes in three colors: ceramic black, ceramic white and a new ceramic gray. It has fast charging capabilities with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, allowing it to fully charge in under 15 minutes (wired) or 28 minutes wirelessly using the boost mode.
The Mi Mix 4 also features the new Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G processor, with an increased clock speed of 3GHz, along with 8GB or 12GB RAM and storage options of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB. To increase cellular strength, the phone features 19 antennas and supports 42 bands, including 500Hz ultra-wideband. It will also automatically detect the environment to optimize the network configuration.
The camera array includes a main 108MP main camera that uses a 1.1,33-inch Samsung sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide with a 120-degree view and an 8MP periscope camera that offers a 5x optical or 50x digital telephoto lens. The wide-angle lens boasts just a 1% distortion.
The Mi Mix 4 will be available in Mainland China from August 16th, priced from RMB4999, which is $770/£556/AU$1050. There's no word yet as to international availability and pricing but they are likely to be more expensive if released globally.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 tablet comes in two forms, namely a regular and pro version. Both feature an 11-inch 2.5K (2560x1600) LCD display, with 500 nit brightness and 1500:1 contrast. They boast a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision compatibility.
Where the Pro model differs is in its use of the snapdragon 870 processor rather than the 860, 67W fast charging, fingerprint sensor and eight-speaker array, though both feature Dolby Atmos sound.
The Mi Pad 5 comes in three colors: white, black and an aqua green. There will be both a new keyboard and stylus, which snaps magnetically to the side of the tablet, and a 5G option on the Pro model.
The Mi Pad 5 is available in Mainland China, priced from RMB1999 ($308/£223/AU$420). The Mi Pad 5 Pro starts from RMB2499 ($385/£278/AU$525). There's no word on whether this will be made available globally.
Xiaomi Sound smart speaker
Xiaomi's first high-end smart speaker, the Xiaomi Sound, also launched today. The miniature device promises concert hall sound, with high-resolution audio, 360-degree omnidirectional sound, and Harman AudioEFX support.
The unit looks around the size of the Apple HomePod mini but is due to cost just RMB499 ($76/£55/AU$105) in Mainland China. There's no indication if this will be available globally.