Xiaomi wants to compete with Google and launches its Mijia AR glasses

Like those of the American group, Mijia connected glasses offer real-time translation.

In September 2021, the Chinese firm presented its very first concept of augmented reality (AR) glasses. At that date, there was no guarantee that such a project would one day be marketed. Xiaomi has finally decided to make its equipment operational and now announces their launch under the name of Mijia. The purchase can currently only be made from China, through the manufacturer’s crowdfunding platform. Not requiring a smartphone to operate, the Mijias are relatively well equipped.

Neat display and photo setup

The Xiaomi Mijia are light and weigh only 100 grams.
The Xiaomi Mijia are light and weigh only 100 grams.©Xiaomi

The Mijia AR glasses are equipped with two Sony micro-OLED screens. They offer a resolution of 3281 dpi and a maximum brightness of 3000 nits. As a bonus, they are TÜV Rheinland certified for their low blue light emission and therefore for their eye comfort during prolonged use.

In terms of photo and video, the Mijia have a 50 Mpx main camera and an 8 Mpx periscope telephoto lens capable of 15x zoom and associated with an optical image stabilizer.

The autonomy of these new AR glasses is relatively wide. According to Xiaomi, the user could film for up to 100 minutes thanks to a 1020 mAh battery, compatible with 10 W fast charging. It would also take 30 minutes to recharge them to 80%.

Fully autonomous AR glasses

The Mijias offer a 50 Mpx camera and a periscope offering x15 zoom and can work alone, without a smartphone nearby.
The Mijias offer a 50 Mpx camera and a periscope offering x15 zoom and can work alone, without a smartphone nearby.©Xiaomi

Most current devices require a smartphone to operate. This is not the case with the Xiaomi Mijia. They are, as such, powered by an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, supported by 3 GB of RAM. These glasses also have 32 GB of storage.

The Mijias have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity in this context, in order to connect a smartphone in particular and recover the photos and videos thus captured.

Initially, in addition to the traditional photo/video functionality, they were designed to offer real-time translation. A tool that is reminiscent of Google’s smart glasses. However, unlike the latter, the Mijia are limited to the translation of texts, moreover between Chinese and English only. Other languages ​​could arrive soon via updates.

For now, Xiaomi has not yet specified when it wants to launch its AR glasses internationally. Before reaching Europe, they will first be marketed in China outside the crowdfunding platform, at a price equivalent to around 400 euros.

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