Deployment of smart home systems for the affluent
Tech companies are rolling out smart home services such as unified operating systems and artificial intelligence gears in high-end Chinese markets, including home packages worth 100 million yuan (15 .6 million) or more.
Yunmi, backed by Huawei and Xiaomi, launched smart home products this week with prices ranging from 40,000 yuan to 300,000 yuan.
Huawei’s smart home system includes a control center and various smart systems for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens based on the HarmonyOS platform. Around 4,500 home appliances from more than 1,900 brands support the platform developed by Huawei, providing homes with seamless wireless connections.
Self-driving technologies, including sensors, environmental analysis and security, can be used in smart homes for the first time, said Richard Yu, general manager of Huawei’s consumer business unit. .
In 2021, Huawei opened 50 smart home outlets in 50 cities nationwide. The number will reach 500 by the end of this year.
Prices for Huawei’s smart home service package start at 40,000 yuan for homes of at least 80 square meters.
Yunmi introduced new smart home packages priced up to 300,000 yuan. The target groups are “senior corporate executives, movie stars and venture capitalists” with annual earnings of more than 5 million yuan, said Chen Xiaoping, general manager of Yunmi.
The premium package offers 125 AI products, including water purifiers, laser technology home theaters and professional robots for “villas and homes worth at least 100 million yuan”. A standard set supports an eight-room house and three hallways.
Yunmi has sold 50 million home appliances to 2 million Chinese families, making it the leader in the high-end market. It now has 2,000 outlets nationwide, offering delivery, design, installation and other services.
New product launches align with nationwide smart home industry upgrades, featuring tech-savvy users, personalized scenarios, and innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, and the cloud, analysts said.
Shanghai families are willing to pay for digital upgrades and invest more in health and nutrition, said Han Jianhua, secretary general of the Shanghai Household Electrical and Electronic Appliances Trade Association.
Meanwhile, information technology companies and smartphone vendors including Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo are expanding into the smart home and IoT sectors at a time when smartphone sales are down. .
Huawei, which faces a strict US technology embargo, is expanding into new categories such as smart driving, fitness and sports and smart homes, helping the company grow its HarmonyOS ecosystem.
“Expanding the business (into smart home and other sectors) is our long-term strategy over the next five to 10 years,” Yu said.