While most of us know Xiaomi for its wide range of smartphones, it maintains an even larger ecosystem of IoT products at home. Looking specifically at smart speakers, Xiaomi has a lot to offer, but they all use a local voice assistant that only speaks Chinese. One such speaker is now making an international debut as a Mi Smart Speaker with Google Assistant and Chromecast on board.

The Mi Smart Speaker is comparable in size to Google Home and provides 1

2W of output using the forward facing 2.5 “driver. This directional audio can come in handy when pairing two units for a stereo setup. metal has its touch controls on the top, while a ring light, heavily inspired by the Amazon Echo range, surrounds the top edge. It also has two long-range microphones to choose your voice commands. The whole design takes some heavy cues. from the Bose Home Speaker line-up.

As previously mentioned, the Mi Smart Speaker gets its intelligence from Google Assistant, which brings with it its full bouquet of connected features, including the ability to speak both Hindi and English in the first launch market, India. It should work just like your usual Google-branded speakers, except for a few exclusive features or that come first on Home / Nest units.

You can set up the Xiaomi speaker using the Google Home app. In India, it’s priced at ₹ 3,999 (~ $ 55), but you can get one for ₹ 3,499 (~ $ 47) as part of an early bird offer from Mi.com, Flipkart.com, and the offline retail network of Xiaomi – at this you can get two for stereo pairing and pay less than what an upcoming single Nest Audio should cost. Buyers will also receive a free 1-year subscription to the local Gaana music streaming app.