Xiaomi has been around since 2010, and the company sure has managed to achieve a lot in 6 years. They’ve not only managed to become China’s number one smartphone manufacturer (in less than 5 years), but also intrigue consumers outside of Asia, and in a way re-define what an extremely smartphone can do. That being said, Xiaomi is not only a smartphone manufacturer, they tend to sell various other smart devices, ranging from tablets and fitness trackers, all the way to smart scales and smart rice cookers.
Well, this new product definitely comes as a surprise, and is a result of a partnership between Xiaomi and Hasbro, a US-based toy company. Hasbro has partnered up with Xiaomi and released, believe it or not, a Mi Pad transformer toy. This toy is called ‘Soundwave: Mi Pad 2’, and it can transform into a 9.7-inch tablet. Despite the fact this tablet is not functional (of course), this is rather interesting and definitely a surprise. When the tablet transforms, it becomes a Decepticon, which is a term that might not be familiar to those of you who don’t know much about transformers. This toy is based on a ‘Transformers’ cartoon which originally aired back in the 80s, but is still quite popular in Asia, not the movies directed by Michael Bay which have been arriving for years now. Decepticons are included in the movies as well, but the character design is definitely based on the 80s cartoon series. For those of you who might be wondering, no, this is not a piece of tech of any kind, it’s just a toy, there’s no battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or anything similar on the inside.
That being said, some of you are probably wondering how much does this toy costs? Well, this Mi Pad transformer toy is priced at 169 Yuan in China, which translates to $26 dollars. That is pretty much it, if you’d like to take a closer look at this product, take a look at the gallery down below. It will surely going to be interesting to see how well will this toy sell in China, it sure is an interesting move by both Xiaomi and Hasbro. We still don’t know if the two companies intend on selling this toy outside of China, but we’ll let you know if any additional info surfaces.