Xiaomi Mi eBook reader passes Bluetooth certifications, could compete with the Kindle in the global market

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 27 Jul 2020
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The Xiaomi Mi eBook reader launched in China last year.

The reader comes with 16 GB storage and a 24-level reading light.

The Mi eBook reader weighs 178 grams.

Xiaomi Mi eBook reader passes Bluetooth certifications, could compete with the Kindle in the global market

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Xiaomi launched its Mi eBook reader in China in 2019 and the eReader has shown up on the Bluetooth Certification website (Bluetooth SIG) sporting Bluetooth 5.0. This means we could see the Xiaomi Mi eBook reader launching in international markets soon. The Xiaomi eBook reader has features and specifications that have the potential to give the Kindle a run for its money. Since Xiaomi prices its products very competitively, this eBook reader could also be a cheaper alternative for those that want a Kindle but don't want to spend as much. Let’s take a look at the Xiaomi Mi eBook reader in detail. 

Xiaomi Mi eBook Reader features and specifications

The Xiaomi Mi eBook Reader sports a 6-inch HD e-ink display with a pixel density of 212ppi. To put things into perspective, the 10th Gen Kindle also has a 6-inch display with a pixel density of 167ppi whereas the Kindle Paperwhite has a 6-inch display with a pixel density of 300ppi. The Xiaomi Mi eBook reader supports 24 brightness presets to read in the dark. When it comes to formats supported, the eBook reader works with TXT, EPUD, PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT along with WPS and Microsoft Office content. Users can also import content from the cloud.

A 1800mAh battery with type-C charging powers the tablet. Under the hood, the Mi eBook reader is powered by a quad-core Allwinner B300 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. The reader runs on Android 8.1 overlaid with a custom skin on top. It weighs a mere 178 grams. Running on Android, it isn’t clear if the device will support Google Books natively in the international market. 

Xiaomi Mi eBook Reader price and availability

There is no information on when the Xiaomi Mi eBook Reader will be available in the international market. However, when it launched in China, it was priced at about CNY 599 (Rs. 6,300 approx. directly converted). At the Rs 6000 approx price point, the Xiaomi Mi eBook reader is a cheaper alternative to the entry-level 10th gen Kindle. The entry-level 10th gen Kindle is priced at Rs 7,999 and brings with it 8GB storage, 4LED backlighting and access to Amazon’s library of Kindle books. You can check out our review of the 10th gen Kindle here and the 10th gen Kindle Paperwhite here.

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