Xiaomi’s Android Mi 11 Ultra phone is not the only Google-powered product the company has today, with a new Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro combining reasonably portable projection with Google Assistant. The undefined gray and white box looks more like an oversized smart speaker than a traditional projector, and in fact it is because it is one of those too.
The projector works in Full HD resolution, with HDR10 support. It reaches 1,300 ANSI lumens of brightness, says Xiaomi, and supports screens from 60 to 120 inches. In a useful way, there is also omnidirectional keystone correction for automatic adjustment when you are projecting out of angle.
This should work to make a perfectly rectangular projection, even if the projector is up to 40 degrees out of angle, says Xiaomi. A flight time sensor (ToF) is also on board, used for autofocus. This can lock up in 2 seconds, says the company.
Inside, the Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro is running Android TV, with support for Google Assistant, which means you can use it as another smart speaker. There’s also Chromecast functionality, making it easier to cast content directly from a smartphone or other device.
On the audio side, there are 10 W speakers with support for DTS-HD and Dolby Audio, each with two tweeters and two full-range woofers. Bluetooth connectivity turns the Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro into an independent speaker as well.
As for wired connectivity, on the rear of the projector you will find a variety of ports. This includes two HDMI inputs – one with support for HDMI ARC – and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, plus a 3.5mm audio output and an optical S / PDIF digital output. Finally, there is an Ethernet jack, if you are not using WiFi to connect the projector.
It is not Xiaomi’s first projector model. The Mi Smart Compact projector – which is currently on sale in the United States for around $ 500 – also reached its maximum in Full HD 1080p resolution with HDR10 support, although with 500 lumens the maximum brightness of this new model was lacking. It also functioned as a smart speaker, however, with Android TV preloaded and with support for autofocus. However, it does not have omnidirectional keystone correction.
The Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro will be sold at 999 euros ($ 1,160), says Xiaomi. No word on specific availability for the US at this stage, although the company says it will offer the projector globally.