Xiaomi on Tuesday launched a new 40-inch variant in its Android-based Mi TV 2 lineup in China at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000). The first sale of the television is scheduled for March 31 on Xiaomi’s China website.
Similar to the previous Mi TV 2 model, the new 40-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 2 runs MIUI OS based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Xiaomi says it is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but did not provide a time-frame for the update. It packs a 1.45GHz quad-core MStar 6A908 Cortex-A9 CPU coupled with Mali-450 MP4 GPU and 1.5GB of DDR3 RAM. The onboard storage for apps on the television is 8GB.
Xiaomi says that the new Mi TV 2 features support for H.265, H.264, MPEG4, and REAL video decoding, apart from 10-bit hardware decoding. The supported video formats include rm, flv, mov, avi, mkv, ts, and mp4. Notably, the last Mi TV 2 model featured a 49-inch 4K UHD display.
Last year in December, Xiaomi made a move in the Internet of Things (IoT) sphere with the launch of Internet-connected Mi Air Purifier. Priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 8,900), the Mi Air Purifier can connect to the user’s smartphone and alert them if the filter has reached end-of-life and needs to be replaced. Xiaomi says that the air purifier can produce up to 406 cubic metres (14,000 cubic feet) of clean air per hour and sends pollution readings to connected smartphones.
Meanwhile, the company is reportedly also planning a water purifier on the same lines. The company is said to have shown a prototype of the new water purifier at an investor meet earlier this year.