New Mijia Bluetooth Water Leak Sensor

Cupertino, October 25, 2019
With only about a week to go before China sees the official launch of the latest Mi Smart Hub compatible HomeKit, a new Mijia phone, namely the Mijia Water Leak Sensor, has been discovered by our source. The new sensor looks exactly the same as the current model of Aqara, (apart from the logo) at least from the one picture we have seen so far. It would almost certainly be made by Lumi United, who, in addition to their own branded Aqara products, also manufactures the other detectors, which would clarify the similarities.

However, these similarities end on the graphical side of things, as this app uses Bluetooth for its communication method, while the Aqara version uses Zigbee, like all the sensors and switches of Aqara.

We know that the new Mi network will not only support Zigbee features, it will also include Bluetooth and Bluetooth mesh compatibility, and it is certain that this phone is intended to work with the new hub, while Bluetooth phones do not need a hub as such at the moment. Since this will work directly with the new hub, the assumption that this Bluetooth sensor will then be exposed to HomeKit, which is already the Aqara model, is also not a stretch.

This would also suit with reports we've heard that many smart Bluetooth devices currently in the Mijia range are gaining access to HomeKit through the gateway, but our understanding is that these devices still need to be first approved by Apple. If that happens, it's going to be a gradual process, even though we've seen the fast pace that many of the companies under the Xiaomi umbrella have been putting out goods, so it's guessing everyone right now.

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