Xiaomi has added a new Mi Smart Socket to its growing list of smart products. The Mi Smart Socket Enhanced edition will go on sale from March 7 via Mi Mall with a price tag of 79 Yuan (~$12).
Xiaomi first launched a smart socket as far back as 2014. Thereafter, the company has launched a basic edition, a Zigbee version and others. The new enhanced version has as its biggest feature dual USB interface which can be used to charge devices that use the USB interface. Thus, the new version can accommodate more devices but still maintain the same compact design.
Apart from this new feature, the Mi Smart Socket allows you to enable or disable the socket, put timer using your phone via the MIJIA app. You can also control the device from anywhere you are as long as there is an internet connection. Thus, those who stay in low temperate regions can set the device to switch on with the heater connected so as to come home to a warm house.
The socket has support for BC1.2 protocol, remote control, timer switch, power statistics and other functions. The body is manufactured using a high-temperature resistant material. There is also a built-in temperature sensor which alerts users if the socket becomes too hot as a result of heavy load. Apart from the alert, if the temperature becomes too high, the smart socket will automatically cut off the power to reduce the risk.