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Xiaomi teams up with Hasbro to turn the Mi Pad 2 into a Transformer

Xiaomi has collaborated with Hasbro to crowdfund a robot model called Soundwave in China. Soundwave looks like a Mi Pad 2, but can be converted to a Transformers-style robot with Lego-like blocks that can be detached from the tablet's assembly. The toy is priced at ¥169, and will be heading out to backers starting May 13.

Hugo Barra shared more details about the toy on Facebook:

R&D worked really hard to ensure that the color, details and feel are exactly the same as Mi Pad 2. They were challenged at turning such a slim 7mm tablet into a 3D robot, but they managed to do so with a 30-step folding assembly.

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Xiaomi Soundwave

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Xiaomi Soundwave

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Xiaomi Soundwave

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Xiaomi Soundwave

Now the only question is if the Soundwave will be made available in other countries. What do you guys think of the idea?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

21 Comments
  • And then it's caught in a series of explosions. Because Michael Bay. Okay, I'm done.
  • As a long time collector, this is really neat. Liking the design, even if he is a bit of a parts former. Doubt it'll ever make it to the States, but still pretty awesome to see. I'm reminded of the shoe Optimus Prime from a few years ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If it was REALLY a tablet as well, I would move my family to China so I could be first in line to buy one. And then use it to rule the earth. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1...was thinking the same thing...beat me to it though... Posted via the Android Central App
  • that would be the sickest tablet ever made by a country mile
  • I would definitely want this on my desk.... Imagine if it was functional as a full fledged tablet... one can only imagine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks bad ass. I want one.
  • I think the detachable part forms a rudimentary (headless?) Laserbeak minion (or Ratbat). Hope this comes out in his G1 colours...
  • I want it, that price is really cheap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Soundwave is a Decepticon, not an Autobot. But this is pretty cool. Maybe the next time the character come up in a movie or show, this will be his new form?
  • The upcoming Soundwave toy will be part of Hasbro's "Titanmaster" line. It's a redmold of Blaster, and comes with cassette bots, a "Headmaster" gimmick and a third base mode: - http://news.tfw2005.com/2016/01/11/titans-return-leader-soundwave-reveal...
  • An American company makes a toy of a popular line and make it a Chinese exclusive and crowdfunds it? Makes sense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • American? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pretty sure they're talking about Hasbro, and not Xiaomi.
  • I want one!
  • Reminds me of the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • it's amazing that it can be transformed into a robot. Other than that, the robot looks quite ugly
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  • RobotKingdom FTW! Preordered
  • It's *sorta* lame but *sorta* awesome all at once. Blackberry Priv
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