A few months ago, ZMI, one of the company’s Xiaomi‘s partner known for manufacturing power banks announced its first phone – a feature phone actually that doubles as a translator and also works as a portable hotspot device. Called the ZMI Travel Assistant Z1, the device is now available for purchase.
The ZMI Travel Assistant Z1 has a candy bar design with a 2.8-inch color display and a T9 keypad. Its selling point is its AI translation feature which provides real-time voice translation from Chinese to up to 16 different languages.
The Xiao AI assistant can also set reminders, answer questions, set alarms, and can be used to control connected Mijia smart devices. It also has access to an online library of audiobooks and music.
The ZMI Travel Assistant Z1 supports 4G LTE and can double as a portable hotspot, connecting up to 10 devices. It also has GPS, a 2MP rear camera with flash and a 5,000mAh battery with reverse charging. There is a hybrid SIM slot for two nano SIMs or a SIM and a memory card (32GB max). The ZMI Travel Assistant also has a USB-C port, a feature missing on a lot of mid-range smartphones.
The phone is now on sale on Jingdong (JD.com) for ¥499 (~$72).