Xiaomi has made a pen. Rejoice.


Xiaomi has mentioned numerous times in the past that it is not a smartphone company, but a “technology company.” Well, Xiaomi’s latest product, the Mi Pen, is definitely…an interesting piece of technology. For one, it doesn’t seem like a product that the company would release.

The Xiaomi Mi Pen is launched under the company’s Mijia brand, which literally translates to “Mi Home.” Back when Xiaomi introduced it’s own smart rice cooker (the first product carrying the Mijia branding), the company mentioned that Mijia products are essentially items produced under the “Mi Ecosystem.”

As the Mi Pen carries the Mijia branding, one would guess that it’s some sort of smart pen, which would be wrong. Surprisingly enough, it’s…just a regular pen without any smart functionalities. The Mi Pen is, however, a very affordable pen, especially when compared to similar Swiss PREMEC pens.

Retailing at only 19 Chinese yuan (about $3), it is a refillable pen that is said to use Swiss Premec refills, which have long lasting mikuni ink as their bases. What this means is that the pen’s ink refills have a much longer shelf life compared to your standard pen, the ink is nicer, doesn’t fade quickly and writing will be much more comfortable.

Twisting the 9.5mm barrel will reveal the pen’s 0.5mm tungsten ball tip, which makes the Mi Pen a ballpoint pen. Not surprisingly, the Mi Pen is well built and comes in two standard colors, those being black and white. Nothing too surprising here.

While the pen does look very nice and I can’t wait to give it a try (especially since it uses Swiss PREMEC refills), the Mijia branding probably means it won’t leave China anytime soon, and I do wonder whether it can challenge well established gel pens like the Pentel Energel or Pilot G2.

What do you guys think about Xiaomi launching stationary products? Is the Mi Pen the most significant Xiaomi product in their history? Can the Mi Notebook possibly hope to live up to the standards of the Mi Pen? Tell us in the comments.

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46 Comments

  1. _jack_
    July 26, 2016

    not particularly cheap for a ball pen, but if it’s a good one, why not. Not sure if I need the Xiaomi brand though…

  2. NextHype
    July 26, 2016

    It doesn’t even come with an android app which delivers notification when level of ink is below 10%…

    • July 26, 2016

      I think the notification is delivered to your Mi Band 2 LOL.

  3. Nik
    July 26, 2016

    How much ram?

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      The reports say 8.

      • Nik
        July 26, 2016

        Sweets means it can store 80000000000 pages worth of bullshit!

  4. realjjj
    July 26, 2016

    Meizu y-day was teasing a watch and today a backpack.

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      That’s great, but clearly inferior.

      • realjjj
        July 26, 2016

        It would be if they had a pink version lol.

  5. Ricardo Alonso
    July 26, 2016

    What a …

  6. NextHype
    July 26, 2016

    Waiting for Elephone to sell their own trash can, so their customers can throw their Elephones into their Eletrashcan.

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      Nah. They’ll make the Elerecycling can so you can recycle your Elewater bottles and Elecola cans into Elenewproducts.

  7. Hellvetta
    July 26, 2016

    How long is battery life?

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      Longer than the Apple Pencil.

      • Hellvetta
        July 26, 2016

        Awesome!

  8. ?
    July 26, 2016

    Micro sd? IR? Removable battery?

  9. _jack_
    July 26, 2016

    not particularly cheap for a ball pen, but if it’s a good one, why not. Not sure if I need the Xiaomi brand though…

  10. NextHype
    July 26, 2016

    It doesn’t even come with an android app which delivers notification when level of ink is below 10%…

    • Yash Garg
      July 26, 2016

      I think the notification is delivered to your Mi Band 2 LOL.

  11. Nik
    July 26, 2016

    How much ram?

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      The reports say 8.

    • Nik
      July 26, 2016

      Sweets means it can store 80000000000 pages worth of bullshit!

  12. realjjj
    July 26, 2016

    Meizu y-day was teasing a watch and today a backpack.

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      That’s great, but clearly inferior.

    • realjjj
      July 26, 2016

      It would be if they had a pink version lol.

  13. balcobomber25
    July 26, 2016

    So…..it;s a pen?

    This thing better score at least 50,000,000 on Antutu or I won’t buy it!

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      Reports show 50,000,001. You’re in luck!

  14. Ricardo A.
    July 26, 2016

    What a …

  15. NextHype
    July 26, 2016

    Waiting for Elephone to sell their own trash can, so their customers can throw their Elephones into their Eletrashcan.

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      Nah. They’ll make the Elerecycling can so you can recycle your Elewater bottles and Elecola cans into Elenewproducts.

  16. Hellvetta
    July 26, 2016

    How long is battery life?

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      Longer than the Apple Pencil.

    • Hellvetta
      July 26, 2016

      Awesome!

  17. Guest
    July 26, 2016

    Micro sd? IR? Removable battery?

  18. balcobomber25
    July 26, 2016

    So…..it;s a pen?

    This thing better score at least 50,000,000 on Antutu or I won’t buy it!

    • Airyl
      July 26, 2016

      Reports show 50,000,001. You’re in luck!

  19. Rich Hafley
    July 26, 2016

    When in India?

    • John Collins
      July 27, 2016

      Lol lol lol

  20. SheyMo
    July 26, 2016

    Why no Bluetooth ? Everything is better with Bluetooth

  21. Ivo001
    July 26, 2016

    Is it april 1st already?

  22. Rich Hafley
    July 26, 2016

    When in India?

    • John Collins
      July 27, 2016

      Lol lol lol

  23. SheyMo
    July 26, 2016

    Why no Bluetooth ? Everything is better with Bluetooth

  24. Ivo001
    July 26, 2016

    Is it april 1st already?

  25. xingfenzhen
    July 27, 2016

    I guess Xiaomi answered priminister’s challenge. But the question is, is it made with Gree’s machine tools.

    http://www.marketplace.org/2015/12/10/world/why-cant-china-make-good-ballpoint-pen

  26. xingfenzhen
    July 28, 2016

    I guess Xiaomi answered prime minister’s challenge. But the question is, is it made with Gree’s machine tools.

    http://www.marketplace.org/2015/12/10/world/why-cant-china-make-good-ballpoint-pen