Xiaomi Mi Reader Runs Android 8.1, Costs $83

The Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi  has just announced a new ereader.

The Xiaomi Mi Reader is a budget-priced 6″ ereader that supports a wide variety of ebook formats. It runs a custom version of Android 8.1 Oreo on a quad-core 1.8GHz Allwinner B300 CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

Screen resolution is 212 PPI, and the Mi Reader has both a touchscreen and frontlight. Supported formats include Epub and PDF, and office formats including PPT, XLS, and DOC. Weighing in at 178 grams, the Mi Reader has a 1.8Ah battery and measures 8.3mm thin.

It’s going up for pre-order slash crowdfunding in China tomorrow at the price of CNY 579 (~$ 8240), and is scheduled to ship in China on 18 December. It’s reportedly only going to be shipped to backers, andt there’s no word if it will be sold at retail or make it to international markets.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Xavier Basora20 November, 2019


    Does it handle audiobooks?

    No micro Sd slot? For me that’s a deal breaker


    1. Nate Hoffelder20 November, 2019

      I don’t think it supports audiobooks, no.

  2. Xavier20 November, 2019


    Thanks. That’s too bad.

    Is it expensive to add the necessary hardware/software to support audiobooks?


  3. Khayrul23 November, 2019

    Sd card support or not

  4. Mohsen22 January, 2020

    Can we install android application on Mi Reader? for example whatsApp or other online library app?

  5. Bret Cohen25 February, 2020

    If it runs Android than can’t an audio book app just be installed, or is there just no speakers? I wonder how well this will do as a tablet? Do you know if it will be available in the US? Thanks!


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