Spotted on Tuesday by our colleagues from Frandroid, the product sheet of the international version of the Xiaomi Smart Speaker IR Control has just appeared on the official website of the brand. Available in China since last summer, this speaker connected with Google Assistant has the particularity of having an infrared controller.
Xiaomi Smart Speaker IR Control: a Google Assistant speaker
Taking the design of the Xiaomi Xiao AI Speaker Play Enhanced Edition, which appeared in August 2021 on the Chinese market, the new speaker Xiaomi Smart Speaker IR Control seems little more than a surviving international version of Xiao AI, the home voice assistant, for Google Assistant. Apart from that, nothing really new on this particularly compact speaker from which you should not expect prowess on the sound side.
With only 628 grams on the scale, the Xiaomi Smart Speaker IR Control is indeed a very small speaker of about 3 cm wide by 6 cm high embarking a single and single 1.5 inch speaker. The Chinese giant, however, boasts “a full and delicate sound” thanks to a cone allowing to distribute the 360° sound. An innovative design that would allow you to benefit from the same listening quality wherever you are.
If its power is necessarily low, as with the Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker, it will be possible to pair two speakers to enjoy stereo sound via Bluetooth. As for the Wi-Fi multiroom, when it comes to Google Assistant, all doubts are allowed given the conflict between Google and Sonos on the technology. Xiaomi refers to the support pages of the web giant.
Other features to note, an appreciable time display which will make it a good ally for a bedroom, a Chromecast built-in although the system is also suspended, and an amazing infrared controller are included. Like a Broadlink RM Pro or SwitchBot Hub Mini the new Xiaomi Smart Speaker allows you to control objects using infrared technology. The company specifies that this hub is compatible with some of its lamps (Mi Bedside Lamp 2 and Mi LED Desk Lamp), connected bulbs (Mi LED Smart Bulb Essential), connected fans (Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C and Pro), or with its CCTV camera Mi Home Security Camera 360° 1080P.