Microsoft has created its own digital personal assistant named Cortana that’s capable of holding its own against rivals like Siri. It may have started on Windows Phone smartphones but Cortana has since been expanded to the broader Microsoft ecosystem so now it’s a staple on the company’s desktop OS as well. It remains available on smartphones as well and given the partnership that Microsoft has with Xiaomi, it also comes bundled with the latter’s Mi Mix smartphone.
Xiaomi got everyone talking about it when it unveiled the Mi Mix last month even though the focus was initially on the Mi Note 2. The Mi Mix is a unique device, one that sets Xiaomi apart from the competition, so it’s certainly milking every opportunity that the new handset sends its way.
To be clear, the 6.4 inch Mi Mix is still an Android-powered device with Xiaomi’s MIUI skin. However, it does borrow some features from Microsoft. Xiaomi recently acquired a handful of patents from Microsoft and a part of this deal was that some of the latter’s apps would be installed on Xiaomi handsets.
It’s this deal that bundles Cortana with the Mi Mix. The handset also comes with other Microsoft apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This makes the Xiaomi Mi Mix the very first non-Windows smartphone to come with Cortana straight out of the box.