Xiaomi has a pretty diverse product portfolio in India – apart from smartphones, the brand also sells TVs, wearables, air purifiers, power banks, headphones and even lifestyle products like backpacks and t-shirts. But take a look at its China website, and you’ll realise that this is just a drop in the ocean. In its home market, Xiaomi sells everything from smart flower pots to sofas – and all at killer prices. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any smart diapers (Notifications when it’s time for a nappy change? Yes please!), but we’re sure that’s not too far off. Here’s our pick of the top Xiaomi products you can’t buy India.
Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming smartphone was launched in April this year, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the brand is bringing the device to India anytime soon. The smartphone features an LED backlit logo which lights up during gameplay, and also comes with a gamepad which features its own inbuilt battery. The internals include a Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, 5.99-inch full HD+ display and Android Oreo with MIUI.
Mi Notebook Pro 2
Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook range has been around for a few years, but the company hasn’t introduced them to the Indian market yet. Just last week, the brand launched the Mi Notebook Pro 2, featuring up to 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. It comes with a 15.6-inch full HD display, up to 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The notebook is also fully equipped with ports, including three USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0, memory card reader, 3.5mm audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet.
Xiaomi Ninebot Mini
India’s potholed roads aren’t the ideal place for self-balancing scooters, but you’ll still want a ride on Xiaomi’s Ninebot mini. The compact scooter can travel up to 22km on a single charge and climb 15 degree inclines as well as small obstacles. The Ninebot mini can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and the app can be used to remote lock or unlock the vehicle, customise settings, upgrade the firmware, run diagnostic checks and more.
Xiaomi’s Mi Drone comes with in both 1080p and 4K variants, with a 360-degree camera that features 3-axis stabilisation. The remote doesn’t come with a display, but you can mount a Xiaomi smartphone to function as a viewfinder. Equipped with GPS + GLONASS, you can program the drone to go to a particular location, plan a route or circle an object. The drone also comes with safety features that will ensure it returns to you when it’s low on battery or loses connectivity with the remote.
Mi Water purifier
Xiaomi’s Air Purifiers are quite popular in India, but did you know they also sell water purifiers? The Mi Water Purifier is compact enough to sit on your countertop, and comes with six different adapters that fit most tap heads. The filtration system uses reverse osmosis, and a high-flux flow removes the need for a storage tank. As you might have guessed, it’s also a smart water purifier, connecting to your phone via Wi-Fi. The app displays the TDS value and water quality, helps you troubleshoot issues and sends you alerts when the filter needs to be changed.
Yeelight LED bulb
Xiaomi’s Yeelight LED bulb is a smart lighting solution that’s an affordable alternative to Philips Hue. Unlike Hue, the Yeelight is Wi-Fi enabled, and doesn’t require you to purchase a separate hub. Using the companion app on your phone, you can schedule on/off times, as well as adjust the brightness, colour and intensity of the light. And the best part? It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, which means you can control the lights with voice commands if you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker.
Mi Robot 2 vacuum cleaner
Xiaomi’s 2nd-generation Mi Robot vacuum cleaner improves upon the design of the original model with the addition of a mop function, allowing it to perform both dry and wet cleaning. The Mi Robot Vacuum 2 comes with a carpet detection feature, and can climb obstacles up to 2cm in height. The 5,200mAh rechargeable battery can clean an effective area of 250 square meters. While you can operate the vacuum cleaner using the inbuilt controls, the Mi Home app comes with additional features. This includes the ability to direct the Mi Robot Vacuum 2 to go to a particular area in your home, spot clean, set cleaning schedules, check the overall health of the vacuum cleaner and switch between cleaning modes.
Mi Electric toothbrush
By this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Xiaomi makes an electric toothbrush with inbuilt smarts. The app, which connects to the toothbrush via Bluetooth, lets you set brush times, brush strength and other oral care functions. The toothbrush also monitors six different cleaning zones, and displays brushing reports covering uniformity, duration and coverage. The inbuilt 700mAh battery lasts for up to 18 days, and you can also monitor the power levels within the app. The multifunction power switch on the toothbrush lets you switch between Standard, Gentle and Customised modes, and interchangeable colour rings ensure that you don’t mix up your toothbrush with another family member’s.
Mi Bunny Watch 3
Xiaomi’s AmazFit smartwatch was launched in India recently, but did you know the brand also has a kids smartwatch available in China? Called the Mi Bunny Watch 3, the smartwatch comes with several safety features for children. It features a 1.3-inch AMOLED HD display, waterproof casing and up to six days of battery life. It offers five-fold location tracking, and lets you set security borders that alert your child when they travel outside specified safe zones. Kids can also use it make and receive calls, and send one-click SOS alerts, voice chats and texts. It also monitors kids activity levels through the day.
Mi Smart rearview mirror
Xiaomi’s Smart Rearview mirror is a loaded device you’ll definitely want for your car. Drawing power from your car’s cigarette lighter plug, the mirror also doubles up as a display which is visible in bright light. The screen can be divided into two, with one side displaying maps for navigation and the other showing you shortcuts like your phonebook and music. The rearview mirror is voice-activated, so you can use it hands-free. Inbuilt sensors warn you of potential accidents, and the included camera means it also functions as a dash cam.