Global Version: Xiaomi launches Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro for 999€/$1775
The Smart Projector 2 Pro is the latest model from Xiaomi. The projector has been available in China since the middle of last year, and now the rest of the world will also get an adapted version. It comes with Android TV 9.0 and a brightness of 1300 ANSI lumens.
|Model||Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro|
|Resolution||Full-HD / 1080p|
|Picture formats||16:9, 4:3|
|Brightness||1.300 ANSI Lumen|
|Connections||HDMI 2.0 x 1; HDMI 2.0/ARC x 1; USB 2.0 x 2; Audio x 1;|
AV input x 1; S/PDIF x 1; Ethernet port x 1
|Dimensions||215 x 201 x 143 mm|
|Loudspeaker||2x 10 Watt|
Small, bright, home cinema?
The most striking value is the stated brightness of 1300 ANSI lumens. This means that the projector could also be used well during the day, which sets it apart from many inexpensive models. The lumen value should always be taken with a grain of salt, as the actual brightness depends too much on environmental factors, but this still sounds promising.
The projector also relies on long-lasting LEDs as a light source, but that is hardly surprising for Xiaomi. All of the brand’s beamers have been equipped with LEDs so far. No exact information about the durability was given, but it is usually assumed to be 25,000 hours and more.
The resolution here is “only” Full HD, presumably also because 4K would still drive the price up well in a projector. However, 4K content can presumably (Xiaomi did not specify) at least be played back.
The image is 60-120″, at least according to the official recommendation. Larger or smaller is possible, at least in theory, but around 100 inches are already big enough in most cases and provide an appropriate cinema feeling. The throw ratio, i.e. the ratio of the distance to the wall compared to the image diagonal, is 1.1:1, so the projector has to be 110 inches (about 2.80m) away from the wall for a 100-inch image.
Android TV 9 and Google Assistant
No device can do without the word “smart” anymore. Today, a projector is of course also a “smart projector”. It comes with Android TV 9 as the preinstalled operating system. Chromecast and Google Assistant are supported. Netflix is also preinstalled and also gets the already familiar Netflix button on the remote.
Other devices that are integrated into the smart home can also be controlled via Google Assistant. Xiaomi mentions the in-house vacuum robots or lamps that can be controlled via the projector using voice control.
Also smart: There is again an autofocus and an automatic keystone correction. No matter at what distance or angle to the screen the projector is placed, it automatically adjusts the image.
There are numerous connections. Thus, we find two HDMI ports, two times USB 2.0, S/PDIF and Ethernet port on the back.
Inside the beamer works a 12nm Amlogic T972 processor with 2GB RAM. 16GB of storage is available on the projector itself.
Price and availability
It’s nice that Xiaomi continues to launch global versions of their beamers as well. From experience, these are always quite well received. Since the launch of the first short-throw beamer, many fans have been eagerly waiting for more beamers and TVs to officially appear in this country. The Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro will be sold at a price of 999€/$1175, though it’s not yet clear if that will be the final price for the market. Also, when the sale will start is yet to be announced.