I'm here at Xiaomi's “A Glimpse Into The Future” CES 2017 press conference, where the company will be announcing at least one new product.

This is Xiaomi’s first time presenting at CES.

The fairly small ballroom is packed and apparently RF shielded.

I don't have any cellular service in here, and Xiaomi does not have Wi-Fi available.

So I'll be posting this "live" blog in one chunk after the event once I'm connected to the rest of the world again.

Looks like standing room only at the back. A lot of press interested to see what Xiaomi is presenting.

The music is loud and the bass is thumping. We must be getting close to starting.

Video playing: Showing a lot of large black monoliths. “Not just a smartphone, but a door to the future.”

On stage discussing the company’s history. Founded April 6, 2010. Still a young company.

Created a unique approach to designing and selling products.

Three pillars: Hardware, Internet services, Mi Ecosystem (IoT platform)

Xiaomi in 20 different countries/locations now.

Hugo Barra on stage

He’s filling us in on the company’s recent products

Mi 5s: Uses an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the front glass. Requires no cutout in glass.

Mi VR: 9-axis intertial motion controller

What will phones look like in the future?

Xiaomi’s answer: Mi Mix

Mi Mix has almost no bezels. Larger display with same overall footprint of phones with smaller displays.

New tech in Mi Mix:

Mi 5 used ceramic for just the back, but Mi MIX’s body is full ceramic.

There’s a new white version of the Mi Mix. Available in China later this year.

Now discussing Mi Ecosystem. Consists of hundreds of smart products and IoT devices.

Has grown tremendously over the last couple of years. Xiaomi is working/investing with 77 companies.

He says Xiaomi is world’s most successful tech incubator.

Lots of different products: air purifiers (important category in China), bicycles, drones, robots

Mi Home app controls Xiaomi smart home appliances. Available for all Android devices. Can use it to see the path of Xiaomi’s vacuum cleaner.

Also displays health and fitness stats

New Mi Router: Mi Router HD

Up to 2600Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 4x4 MU-MIMO. Uses a Qualcomm IPQ8064 chip. 8TB internal hard drive.

Launching later in China for under $500 (8TB) or $200 (1 TB)

The big announcement for today:

It’s thin (very)

37% thinner than Mi Mix. Thinner than iPhone 7

Thin is in, baby.

Mi TV 4 smart TV (not a smartphone!)

4.9mm at thinnest point

almost no bezels

Brushed aluminum back cover, and transparent stand

PatchWall deep learning UI layer. Uses meta-data and viewing history to power personal recommendation engine.

UI uses an adaptive grid based on magazine layouts. More relevant content is presented in larger, easier to notice tiles. It looks pretty slick.

Now discussing modular TVs. Most TVs are completely integrated. Can’t upgrade individual components. Modular TVs separate the display from the rest of the electronics. Buy a new Mi TV Bat (sound bar), which includes the processors and ports, and connect it to your existing display.

One cable, Mi Port, connects sound bar to screen. Reduces cable clutter.

Mi TV 4 supports Dolby Atmos. Uses two upward firing speakers to reflect sound off the ceiling to provide a vertical element to surround sound.

No mention of panel specs

Mi TV 4 will be available in four sizes: 49", 55", and 65"

The 65" Mi TV 4 will be priced below $2000 with the Dolby Atmos Home Theater bar, and will be below $1500 with the standard Mi TV Bar.

A summary of Xiaomi's announcements for today:

And that’s a wrap. Sorry about the technical difficulties.

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  • ckbryant - Sunday, January 08, 2017 - link

    Didthey steal the design for the new segway or is it just me? I saw a Segway at Sams the other day, that looked just like their "ripoff"?? Reply
  • ckbryant - Sunday, January 08, 2017 - link

    From what I looked up that Segway looking product, will NEVER be introduced into Europe or US Markets due to patents on the design and functionality (seeing as it's almost exact same product as their new one) Reply
  • acme64 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    bezel-less phones scare me, what happens if you drop it? Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    It is "almost bezel-less", so there's still something else at the edge. Besides, a bezel alone doesn't offer enough protection in case of dropping the phone, you'd need some beefier protection anyay. 1 mm of rubber extending above the screen take care of most of the impacts and would suffice for an "almost bezel-less" phone as well. Reply
  • marcolorenzo - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    If you look closer instead of buying into the marketing hype, it is not "bezel-less". On the left, bottom and right sides, there is as much bezel as just about any phone out there. They just reduced the top bezel to the size of the side bezels. So the effect will be just the same as any other phone when you drop it. Reply
  • 3ogdy - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    I don't know...I like the Mi Mix, but wouldn't it have made more sense to stick the actual display to the bottom and put the camera at the top? It would've still been bezel-less at the bottom, providing software-based buttons to browse your way through the OS, all without making it awkward to hold your phone to your face just so you can Skype.
    I haven't used the phone, but I can only assume the experience. (unless the front-facing camera has wide-focus lens?)
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  • 3ogdy - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    wide angle lens* Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - link

    Your suggestion would make navigating the UI with your fingers harder, as they'd always need to reach down further. I suspect for voice calls you can simply flip the phone around and let the orientation sensor tell the OS to adjust. Reply
  • marcolorenzo - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    As MrSpadge said, it would make navigation more difficult but also, what's so awkward about flipping the phone upside down when you make a Skype call? Reply
  • mukesh123 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Yes Mi tv is very cool and amazing tv with all the specification. But it doesn't have the upgrading feature like phone.
    Yes we have a Tv called Ridaex which is having the feature of both upgrading Hardware and software.
    Instead of buying a tv we can upgrade the same Tv.
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