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Xiaomi's latest gadget isn't a smartphone but a personal transporter called the Ninebot Mini, which it will be selling for 1,999 yuan ($315, £205 and AU$440) on November 3. Ninebot is a Chinese company and earlier this year, bought over rival Segway in a deal backed by Xiaomi. The Mini handles like a Segway, but lacks the handles and big bulky wheels.

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The controls for the Mini are all located at the bottom -- though when I say controls, it's basically the power button.

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The Mini has a range of 22 kilometres (13.6 miles) and a top speed of 15 kilometres per hour (10 miles per hour).

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Unlike the Segway, there are no handles. Instead, there's a control rod that nestles between your knees, and all you need to do is tap it gently with your knee in the direction you want the Mini to swivel.

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If you're worried about using the Ninebot Mini at night, fret not. There are lights on the front to help you see, while red brake lights are located at the rear.

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Since the Ninebot Mini looks very symmetrical, the rubber foot rests have arrows to let you know which direction you should be standing. You don't want to stand in the wrong direction, though, as you'll probably fall over.

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The Ninebot Mini has a weight limit of 85kg (about 187 pounds), so if you're over that, you will have to look elsewhere for a personal transporter.

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The Ninebot Mini can also be controlled by your smartphone. However, the smartphone controls will be disabled if the Mini detects someone stepping on it.

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