Xiaomi, the Chinese tech giant sometimes called the “Apple of China,” has branched out from smartphones and launched a bunch of “smart” devices, from an air purifier to a rice cooker. Now it’s jumping into the electric bicycle market with a cheap folding model designed for city living.
The bike will cost 2,999 yuan (about $455), according to a blog post by Xiaomi’s QiCycle brand, surfaced by The Verge. Xiaomi describes it as a “smart bike with a companion app that gives you real-time info on every ride you take.” It includes things like GPS navigation and a calorie counter.
Here is a rundown of the specs provided by Xiaomi:
- Companion smartphone app displays in-depth info: bike status, GPS navigation, ride stats
- 250W, 36V high speed motor
- Panasonic 18650 20 x 2900mAh lithium-ion battery cells (same battery used by Tesla) with self-developed Battery Management System (BMS) that lets you go 45km on a single charge
- Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub
- Foldable and compactly lean at 14.5 kg
- Provides real-time stats: speed, distance, power, dynamic power, calories consumed
And here are some more pictures of the bike:
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