Xiaomi launches bigger air purifier, portable air quality monitor in China

Xiaomi launches bigger air purifier, portable air quality monitor in China

Xiaomi’s new offering this week aren’t low-cost smartphones, but they could come in handy to people in a much more significant way.

The Chinese electronics company has refreshed its air purifier lineup with an all new Mi Air Purifier Pro as well as a portable air quality monitor called the Mi PM2.5 Detector. 

The launch comes at a time when the air quality in most Chinese and Indian cities have become a matter of grave concern. A report by UNICEF this week stated that over two billion children worldwide (especially in regions such as India and China) are breathing toxic air. 

The Mi Air Purifier Pro addresses two major concerns users of the earlier Mi Air Purifier 2 had — it now comes with an OLED display that shows the PM2.5 reading, temperature and humidity. It can also handle twice the capacity than the smaller purifier. 

The display also has an LED ring around it, which changes from color from green to red with the change in air quality around it. Previously, users were required to get all these information through a smartphone app.

The Mi Air Purifier Pro offers air cleaning at an air delivery rate (CADR) value of 500 cubic meters an hour. (In comparison, the Mi Air Purifier 2 offers cleaning at 310 cubic meters an hour).  

The company also launched the Mi PM2.5 Detector — a hand-held device that sports an OLED screen and displays real-time updates on air quality. The Mi PM2.5 Detector is fairly compact, measuring 62 x 62 x 37 mm and weighing just 100 grams. Users can carry it along with them and check the air quality both indoors and outdoors.

The Mi Air Purifier Pro is priced at 1,499 Yuan ($220), whereas the Mi PM2.5 Detector costs 399 Yuan ($60). Both gadgets will go on sale in China starting Nov. 11. There is no word on their international availability just yet. 

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