New ad for the Mi Mix 2S shows off Xiaomi's new Xiao Ai virtual assistant



Late last month, Xiaomi introduced its high-end Mi Mix 2S handset. This is definitely a muscle phone powered by the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, carrying a pair of 12MP cameras on back (one features a wide angle lens, the other comes with a telephoto lens). The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The "King" variant is packed with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of native storage.

The Mi Mix 2S also debuts Xiaomi's new Xiao Ai virtual assistant. The manufacturer has produced a new commercial for the Mi Mix 2S that shows Xiao Ai in action. You don't have to know Chinese to understand the ad, thanks to the subtitles on the screen. You might note plenty of similarities between Xiaomi's digital helper, and Google Assistant, especially the multi-colored bars used by both.

The Xiao Ai will stream music, translate menus, set alarms and timers, give you traffic reports, send texts, open apps, activate the camera and much more. To see the latest virtual assistant in action, watch the ad by clicking on the video at the top of this story.

While we don't expect the Mi Mix 2S to be offered in the U.S., the company does plan on invading the U.S. sometime later this year or early next year. And any new handset that it does sell in the states could include Xiao Ai. For the time being however, the virtual assistant works with the Chinese language only, and is only available on the Mi Mix 2S.

source: Xiaomi

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Mi Mix 2s
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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7 Comments

1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 603; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

a-la Motorola.

4. audibot

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

You might note plenty of similarities between Xiaomi's digital helper, and Google Assistant, r u joking its google ripped off

2. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I hope xiaomi release a mi mix 2s android one version for the 8gb/256gb model. I like their device, very sturdy for an affordable price but I never liked mi ui.

6. wutwut

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 04, 2016

I never really got the people that prefer stock android over MIUI. Is it just the larger amount of customizations and features? I know iOS users usually have a problem switching to android because of how limited iOS is and how easy it is to mess up android phones because of how much access you have in order to customize it. MIUI is even more customizable so it would make sense that android users would even get intimidated. But as a MIUI user I can definitely say I'm spoiled on it. It is really comforting to know that all the things I want my phone to do are right there as soon as I boot up the device for the first time. Weekly updates aren't too shabby either.

3. cocoy

Posts: 460; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Let's wait for the reviews first and how its battery endurance test compared with others. The Mi Mix2 has underwhelming battery. It has a good screen even though at full HD+ only but what matters to me most are battery and performance.

5. wutwut

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 04, 2016

Not really sure if you are speaking as a consumer that just happened to draw the defective phone out of the production line but Xiaomi's phones are known for their outstanding battery endurance. Most users can attest to charging once a day at most and definitely having enough battery to last them throughout at least a single day.

7. wutwut

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 04, 2016

You know there's not really so much here that makes this virtual assistant stand out compared to the frontrunners like Google Now. I does have looks. The basic look might remind people of Google but of course the animations, the buttons, the sass and finally the unique features are what's probably going to make Xiao Ai a big player in the future of these things. Xiaomi's major advantage right now is its IoT which is the world's largest and most expansive lineup of tech and its focus on AI. This one ad showed both. The ability to tell your vacuum at home to clean up while you are somewhere on the road is amazing. The ability to point your phone at a menu in a foreign language and have it translate everything for you including price is unfathomable. If Xiaomi keeps this up even if the assistant isn't as fast or isn't as responsive as Google Now the huge list of functions already has me sold at least.

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