In its quest to expand into markets other than smartphones, Xiaomi has introduced its own two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter for sale in China. The company has moreover, also announced the launch of its new Mi TV 3 which offers a 4K display, apart from other advanced attributes.
The new scooter is actually a branded product that has originally been created by Ninebot, the firm which bought technology leader Segway for an undisclosed amount earlier this year. Now, Xiaomi itself has quite large a share in Ninebot, which is what has given it the impetus to launch the new product.
This scooter is named the Ninebot mini, and happens to be a self-balancing machine that’s just about knee-high. More importantly though, it can be controlled using a smartphone. This Xiaomi scooter can achieve speeds of up to 16kmph, whereas its battery is capable enough of keeping it going for 22kms on a single charge.
Despite having been built from aerospace-grade magnesium alloy infrastructure, it weighs in at just 128kgs. The Xiaomi Ninebot mini scooter has its price set at RMB 1999 which translates into just around Rs 20000 or $315. In contrast, a regular Segway starts at about Rs 4 lakhs or $6500.
Coming to the Mi TV 3, it happens to be a 60-inch screen with 4K resolution. It of course runs the Android-based MIUI, and comes equipped with an ultra-thin 11.6mm aluminum metal frame. This TV set has its price set at RMB 4999, or around Rs 50000 or $780, and can be purchased with a separate TV board with a metal body and built-in speakers as well.
The new Xiaomi Ninebot mini scooter as well as the Mi TV 3 are meant for sale only in China for now.