LG did it, and so did Sony. So why not Xiaomi. The Chinese company has added a new television to its product ecosystem and a white version of the bezel-less smartphone, at the CES 2017.
First up, the Mi TV 4 which is the latest addition to the company’s Mi Ecosystem offerings. It is only 4.9mm thick at its thickest point. It is powered by a Quad-core 64-bit flagship TV processor. The TV will be available in three screen sizes—49 inches, 55 inches and 65 inches—with 4K (3,840x2,160 pixels) resolution. The Mi TV 4 also ships with an independent home theatre system that supports Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.
Xiaomi says the TV’s components such as display, motherboard and sound system can be swapped out for upgrades. In fact, this is one step further from the modular TVs that Samsung has been making for many years now, in which the processor and certain components could be upgraded. The software skin, which runs on top of Android, will also suggest artificial intelligence-derived recommendations for content, based on what it learns about your viewing habits.
Xiaomi says that the Mi TV 4 will be available in China sometime soon, and “with an estimated price well under $2000 for the 65-inch version that comes with the Dolby Atmos home theatre”. The prices of the 49-inch and 55-inch versions have not been announced yet.
Xiaomi also unveiled the white version of Mi MIX smartphone. First unveiled three months ago, the MIX is one of the rare bezel-less phones. It will be powered by the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, and has a 6.4-inch display (2,040 x 1,080 pixel), 128GB storage and a 16-megapixel camera. The white version will be available in China later this year.