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Xiaomi XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 With Multi-Touch Display, 3 Subwoofers Launched for around Rs 5,000

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Xiaomi has launched its first smart speaker with display to take on Google and Amazon. The Chinese smartphone maker has introduced XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 with powerful speakers in its home market. The device comes after the company teased the device in its home market last week. The new smart display from Xiaomi features a design similar to Google Next Hub and Amazon Echo Show 8. Ahead of its launch in China, the device had leaked in the form of the official box last week. It comes with three subwoofers and a 50.8mm, 10W driver along with DTS audio tuning. Xiaomi has also offered compatibility with Android and iOS devices.

Xiaomi XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 price

Xiaomi’s smart display arrives in India it would be competing with Google’s Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show.

The listed price is lower than the leaked box, which tipped the price to be around RMB 599 (around Rs 6,700). While it has a design similar to Google and Amazon’s products, the device will challenge local rivals. The smart speaker from Xiaomi will compete with the likes of Alibaba and Baidu in the Chinese market.

The Xiaomi XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 carries a price tag of CNY 499 (roughly Rs. 5,100).

Google’s Nest Hub smart display is available in India at Rs 9,999.

Amazon Echo Show smart displays are available in India starting at Rs 8,999.

Xiaomi XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 specifications, features

The Xiaomi XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 features an 8-inch multi-touch display with 1280×800 pixels resolution. There is a proprietary far-field voice-recognition technology. Further, the display has the 50.8mm 10W driver along with DTS tuning driver that is coupled with three subwoofers.

Smart speakers have been gaining popularity among consumers and Amazon is the clear leader here. However, the retail giant is followed by Alibaba and Baidu as the second and third major smart speaker brands, according to Canalys. Xiaomi seems to challenge these two home-grown internet giants in China with its smart speaker. Canalys report shows that Xiaomi is currently fifth at the end of the third quarter of this year. It reportedly shipped 3.4 million smart speakers during the quarter ending September.

The smart speaker comes with XiaoAI, the smart assistant from Xiaomi. It also supports OTT platforms such as Douyin, iQiyi and Youku in China. There is also a front camera to make and receive video calls. Connectivity options include dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. If Xiaomi’s smart display arrives in India it would be competing with Google’s Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show.

The product is listed on Xiaomi Youpin site and it will go on sale from December 18. It will also be available for purchase via online platforms such as Mi.com and JD.com. While it supports Android and iOS, there is no mention of global availability or price just yet.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 with 8-Inch Display Launched In India at Rs. 12,999

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Capitalizing on the success of Alexa, Amazon has rapidly expanded its hardware line up to include a wide range of devices, from microwave ovens to even glasses. Amazon on Wednesday launched its latest device in the Echo line up. The company unveiled its Echo Show 8 in the country with an 8-inch HD screen, stereo sound, and a built-in camera with a shutter, which is priced at Rs. 12,999. The device is now available for pre-order at a discounted launch price of Rs. 8,999, and will be shipped on February 26. The Amazon Echo Show 8 was launched globally in September last year alongside other Echo-branded devices such as the Echo Buds and Echo Frames.

As the name might suggest, the Echo Show 8 showcases an 8-inch HD display that can be used to stream videos and consumer content. With the device, users also get the full suite of Alexa capabilities, including voice assistance, information, music streaming through linked services and communication. But given how privacy is a key issue in today’s world, there’s also a physical shutter to block the camera when it’s not in use.

The Echo Show 8 employs 2-inch neodymium speakers and a passive bass radiator that are capable of pushing stereo sound. With support for streaming services like Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music, JioSaavn, Gaana and Hungama Music amongst others, the Echo Show 8 is geared to be an entertainment hub.

If you have a smart home or make use of smart appliances, Show 8 provides a seamless way to control all pre-order with either touch or voice commands. Additionally, with support for Alexa Skills, there’s a lot more that you’ll be able to do with Show 8.

The Echo Show 8 is a bit more expensive than the Echo Show 5, which is currently priced at Rs. 6,999 considering that the Echo Show 8 is itself down to Rs. 8,999 for pre-orders. However, it’s significantly more affordable than the full-size Echo Show that retails at Rs. 22,999 and has a 10.1-inch screen. In most ways, the Echo Show 8 is expected to offer the same level of capabilities as the rest of the range.

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