Xiaomi touts the Mi AX9000 as the industry's next big thing in Wi-Fi 6 routers
Xiaomi launched devices besides new and occasionally super-premium Android phones today (March 29, 2021). One of these is its latest router, the AX9000. Besides its up-to-date Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, it debuts a refreshed design that involves green X-shaped LEDs and new types of antenna-housings that look like towers rather than the usual crown-of-swords look often sported in the upper echelons of this catergory.
There are only 4 of these protrusions; however, Xiaomi assures potential customers that each one houses not merely 1 but 3 antennae each. They apparently help to deliver the super-powered speeds with which the Mi AX9000 is hyped. With its premium hexa-core Qualcomm platform, it is associated with a theoretical maximum of 9000 megabits per second (Mb/s).
Moreover, it has been designed to optimize these speeds to the tune of 3.5 gigabits/second (Gb/s) when it detects that a Mi 11 phone is connected to it. The AX9000 is also a tri-band router, having a dedicated 5GHz "gaming" band in addition to the more usual 2.5 and 5GHz frequencies.
The router also has a 2.5Gb/s Ethernet port for purposes such as network-attached storage (NAS), as well as a port with USB 3.0 speeds for devices such as external hard-drives. The Mi AX9000 is priced at 999 yuan (~US$152), although the OEM never really covered when and where it is to become available.
Finally, Xiaomi also unveiled a global form of the Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro. This device has been on Banggood for a while, but will also now be sold through the OEM's official channels for €999 (~$1175), or an early-bird price of €899 (~$1058), soon. This may leave some enthusiasts wondering why the rumored next-gen Mi Mix, not to mention other interesting developments, were left out of today's show.
As it turns out, the OEM did not fail to announce them so much as it ran out of time. They will instead be ushered in during a second livestream, set to take place at around the same time tomorrow (March 30, 2021).