As a first for the Chinese mobile maker, Xiaomi’s Ninebot Mini scooter is sleek, easy and relatively cheap that proves itself to be the tiny version of the Segway some were waiting for.
- The Ninebot Mini is a self-balancing, two-wheeled, battery-powered scooter
- It can achieve speeds of 10 mph, and travel up to 14 miles on just one charge
- The Ninebot Mini weighs 28 pounds
- It’s release date is November 3rd in China, for a little over $300
Xiaomi has made a name for itself by providing users all across the world with high-tech and current gadgets at impressively low prices. They compete across several areas with big name manufactures. While normally keeping to their fields of smartphones, smart watches, water purifiers, and TVs, the company is now moving on to self-balancing vehicles.
The Chinese manufacturer introduces Ninebot mini, the tiny balancing scooter that is comparable to a pocket-sized Segway. It provides with self-balancing capabilities of leisure transportation, be it in home or outside. The biggest perks are that it’s very light, very small, portable, and relatively cheap.
Or, for a self-balancing scooter or hoverboard-like device, it’s definitely cheap.
The Ninebot Mini has a steadying support to provide help for better balance and it’s shoulder-length wide. It’s incredibly easy to transport, carry around, or even stuff in the trunk of your car. This offers multiple advantage of the larger-sized Segway that it so closely resembles. And it’s also particularly light.
The scooter-like vehicle weighs around 28 pounds, built out of aerospace-grade magnesium alloy, and can be charged in up to 4 hours to perform for relatively long distances. The Ninebot Mini can travel up to 14 miles on just one charge, which is actually impressive for such a tiny and lightweight device. It can achieve top speeds of 10 miles per hour.
So, while Ninebot Mini races won’t exactly be thrilling, it will offer decent, safe speeds for most environments.
The scooter can successfully run at 15 degrees inclination without faltering. And, as per the usual controls and options that we have today for essentially everything, it can be controlled remotely or observed through a smartphone app. This will offer details on the speed, traffic data, fault detection, upgrades or preferences.
Additionally, the aforementioned cheap price is set at $315, with the release date set for November 3rd in China. There have been no confirmed launch dates for international markets, though interested customers from France can sign up to be swiftly informed on availability. That undoubtedly means that it will appear on French markets at some point in the future.
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