Xiaomi’s new Mi Pad turns into a Transformer toy

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Transformer Toy

Just over a week after launching a smart rice cooker, Xiaomi has officially entered the toy business in partnership with Hasbro. The handset maker has announced a new crowdfunding campaign to manufacture a cool Transformer robot warrior which turns into a Mi Pad 2.

The new Xiaomi Soundwave: Mi Pad 2 toy is made up of Lego-like parts which when assembled correctly turns into a gold Transformer. It’s priced at a very reasonable CNY 169 which converts to approximately Rs 1738 or $26. Unfortunately, the device is only available in China as of now.

Xiaomi plans to ship the Mi Pad 2 Transformer on May 13 once the crowdfunding process gets done. It’s received over CNY 620399 worth of funds so far, 367% over its target amount. Needless to say, the toy doesn’t actually double up as an actual working tablet.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Transformer

Samsung hasn’t even gotten around to making a foldable phone yet, so it’s safe to assume the technology to make a functional device out of toy parts is yet to exist. Still, it’s hard not to envision a future where such a contraption is possible. Going by the enthusiasm for the campaign, Xiaomi has definitely tapped into some previously unknown market potential for gadgets which turn into robots.

Also See: Xiaomi Mi Fan Festival set to take place on April 6

The announcement of the new Transformer coincides with Xiaomi’s 6th birthday. The brand is celebrating its anniversary in India right now via a day-long Mi Fan Festival. While the Mi Pad 2 toy is not up for sale here, you can buy an actual working Mi Pad through the occasion and get a pair of Mi In-Ear Headphones Basic free.

You can participate in the Mi Fan Festival by heading over to Xiaomi’s website.