After launching the Redmi Note 3 smartphone in India, Xiaomi also announced it will be launching its Mi Bluetooth speaker later this month. The speaker comes with built-in Anerva AV3102 DSP (Digital Signal Processing). Priced at Rs 1,999, Xiaomi will be launching the speaker around Holi later this month. We spent some time with the Mi Bluetooth speaker today, and here are our first impressions.
One of the first things that strike you about the Mi Bluetooth speaker is its unique minimalist design. The speaker is quite compact in size, bit closer to the size of a pencil box. The device has full metal (aluminium) body, and is very light — which is quite impressive for the price point it is available. The grille on the front reminds of the old radio transistors. Power, Bluetooth pair and volume buttons are placed on the right edge, while aux in, mic and USB port are located on the left edge. Despite the metal body, the speaker is quite light, and can be easily carried around.
While the design is highly impressive, it’s the sound quality of the Bluetooth speaker really takes you by surprise. It is loud enough for a compact to large room. We could easily pair it up the smartphone for up to 15 meters. We even cranked up the volume to full to check whether the audio quality gets distorted, which it didn’t during our brief usage. Xiaomi says the speaker has been adjusted for tonal balance that ensures low distortions at the highest volumes. Also for higher volumes, it has included large 90dB support for highest sensitivity. For your reference, we played a variety of songs such as Salt n Pepa’s Shoop , Greyhound, Coldplay’s Viva la vida and Samjhawan (acoustic version) to test treble, bass and even vocals.
We also liked small yet nifty features such as long press the Bluetooth pair button to know the status of device’s battery. It’s worth pointing out that the unit we have doesn’t come with a microSD card slot, unlike the version available in China.
With features such as built-in mic for handsfree calling and a 1500 mAh battery (claimed to deliver 8 hours of back up), the Mi Bluetooth speaker looks quite impressive.