Xiaomi has been selling its Smart Compact projector for a few years in the US and other countries, complete with Android TV 9.0 and a height of only 5.9 inches. Today, the company unveiled a new model, the Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro, with a slightly larger design and more features.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 is larger than the original model, but can reach a much higher brightness of 1300 ANSI lumens, compared to 500 ANSI lumens from its predecessor. It also has an output of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, HDR10 support and unidirectional autofocus (using the built-in ToF sensor).
The sound system is also impressive (for the size of the projector), with dual 10W speakers and compatibility with DTS-HD and Dolby Audio. The projector can also be used as a stand-alone Bluetooth speaker, so when you are not watching movies or TV series, you can still enjoy music without wasting the projection light on the battery.
Like most other smart projectors, the Mi Smart Projector 2 runs on top of Android TV. It’s certified for use by Google, so the Google Play Store and other apps should work just like they do on other Android TV devices. This also means that you can use Google Cast to transfer content to it as the Chromecast Receiver app will be available. You can also talk to Google Assistant, although Xiaomi did not specify whether the microphone should be on the remote control or on the projector itself. It is also not clear which version of Android TV it will run out of the box.
Xiaomi says that the Mi Smart Projector 2 will be available for 999 € (with an early price set at 899 €), which is equivalent to about 1117 dollars in the US or 85554 kroner. It’s definitely on the expensive side, but there’s not much competition in this room – most other smart projectors offer much lower brightness (200-500 ANSI lumens) while many others are not officially Android TV certified. The $ 799 Xgimi Halo with Android TV 9 comes close with its 800 ANSI lumen lamp, but most options are brighter than it is not meant to be easily portable.
There is no official release date yet, and Xiaomi has not said which regions the projector will be sold in (besides Europe, as indicated by Euro pricing).