Aqara Launches Its First Zigbee 3.0 Sensors

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Aqara has finally upgraded its popular and affordable Zigbee-enabled sensors to Zigbee 3.0. This much-anticipated upgrade promises to resolve compatibility issues between Aqara's battery-powered sensors and other Zigbee devices. However, there are some twists in this new development, which we shall explore in this article.


Introducing Aqara T1 and E1 Sensors

The Aqara T1 series has been around for over a year, featuring a variety of sensors and buttons, including a motion sensor, button, water leak sensor, door/window sensor, thermometer, and the well-known Aqara Cube. Unfortunately, these devices have only been available in mainland China, making them hard to acquire internationally, even on platforms like AliExpress where they only appear occasionally.

Due to their limited availability, it's likely that the T1 series will remain primarily in the Far East. However, the E1 series seems set to expand its reach beyond these geographical boundaries. Currently, the window/door sensor from this series is available on AliExpress, and it will soon be joined by the Water Leak Sensor E1.

Joining the E1 series in the Zigbee 3.0 line-up are the Aqara Indoor Air Quality Monitor, the Single Switch Module T1 (exclusive to Europe), and the Aqara Smart Wall Switch E1. Personally, I am eagerly awaiting the upgraded cubes and motion sensors.

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Introducing the Premium Aqara P1 Series

In June 2021, Aqara unveiled the P1 series, another line of Zigbee 3.0 compatible devices, starting with the Aqara Indoor Air Quality Monitor. This high-end range is widely available in Europe and the Americas, raising hopes that the upcoming motion and door/window sensors will follow suit.

The Aqara Door and Window Sensor P1 boasts a battery life of up to five years, thanks to its larger tubular design that houses a CR123A battery. In comparison, the standard sensor uses a smaller button cell but can still operate for several years. The P1 sensor enhances security with its tamperproof feature and can sound an alert if it detects movement.

The Aqara Motion Sensor P1 remains somewhat mysterious. Its larger size suggests an extended battery life, and it features a visible light sensor above the PIR sensor lens. However, the full range of its capabilities is yet to be revealed.

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Aqara's new Zigbee 3.0 sensors bring enhanced compatibility and performance. The T1 series remains largely confined to China, while the E1 series shows promise for wider availability. The premium P1 series, starting with the Aqara Indoor Air Quality Monitor, offers advanced features and extended battery life. With these new offerings, Aqara continues to innovate in the smart home market.

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