After making its mark as a successful smartphone maker, Xiaomi has ventured further into the electronics consumer products market and unveiled its first 4K television set and computer tablet, Apple Daily reported Friday.
At a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, founder and chief executive Lei Jun presented the 49-inch MiTV 2 which adopts the latest 4K resolution standard and 3D screen technology. Equipped with an external set of speakers, MiTV 2 will start selling from May 27 at 3,999 yuan (US$641.92), lower than the price range of similar products by 25 to 65 percent.
The company also unveiled its first tablet, the MiPad. Available in six colors, the 16G version costs 1,499 yuan while the 64G version sells for 1,699 yuan. Both models will be launched in mid-June.
However, Xiaomi may have disappointed some fans because it did not present the rumored 3S smartphone and 4G version of Xiaomi Note.
The 7.9-inch MiPad, which has a 7.9-inch Retina Display resolution, appears to be aimed at challenging Apple Inc.’s iPad mini which boasts the same feature.
Netizen comments after the presentation were mixed. Some said Xiaomi products are becoming increasingly like Apple clones with similar designs and specifications, while others said MiPad has better functions than iPad.
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