Xiaomi isn’t a new player in the Audio Products market, but in India, we don’t have a very strong portfolio right now to compete with the large player like JBL, Sony, and F&D. It was a rumor around the corner that Xiaomi is to announce new products in India but it was sure, but yesterday in Twitter, Xiaomi India announced the official date of the launch via their official handle. The company will unveil something audio related in India at noon on February 22 under the banner #MiSoundUnveil.
Did you hear that?
A new sound wave, coming soon.
The #MiSoundUnveil | 12 PM on 22.02.2021
Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/6wZTUNnZBl
— Mi India #Mi10i is Here! (@XiaomiIndia) February 11, 2021
In another tweet, Xiaomi India VP Manu Kumar Jain explained that they are going to announce two new products in the Audio portfolio. If you carefully look at the teaser banner, it is the combination of an earphone set and a portable speaker. So that clears the confusion of the product portfolio.
If we have a look at the current portfolio of the same category, right now we have three wired earphones and two wireless neckbands (one under Mi branding and another under Redmi branding), so our guess is that Xiaomi is going to add one more product in the neckband section. And now speaking of the portable speaker, Mi Compact Speaker 2, and Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker (5-watt), so from another report, Xiaomi is going to announce the Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker (16-watt) in the Indian market.
We currently don’t know much about the neckband but the Mi speaker is already available in the Chinese market. Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a 16-watt speaker in a configuration of 2×8-watt. The connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.5-mm AUX. The speaker also supports simultaneous connection to multiple devices which is made possible because of Bluetooth 5.0.
As usual, the speaker has physical buttons for controlling music (the play/pause, next & previous, and power). One of the good things about the speaker is that it is IPX7 rated, which means it is protected from light rain as well as few water splashes. The speaker is powered by a 2600 mAh battery, and according to the company, it can plays for 13-hours if played on 50% volume.
In the case of the neckband, it is still a mystery to us as well. Xiaomi features a fleet of audio devices, so there is no telling what the company has thought about. A fast cross-reference between Xiaomi’s available headphones for China and India didn’t help clear things up either. But there are a few things that can be concluded from previous leaks is that it will feature Bluetooth 5.0 and also water-resistant (IPX4 rating). Other than that the neckband might support SBC as well as AAC audio codecs.