Have you suffering the following main issues after you buy the YI home camera ?
Issue 1 : APP version mismatch
Solution : Indentify the version of YI home camera (CN version ), because the APP is separated into Chinese APP and English APP. If you buy Chinese version, it can only be used in China mainland because of Chinese APP. Only international version can be used to US and EU countries. We suggest to buy international version of YI home camera avoiding APP mismatch. International version of YI home camera can free download from local Apple store and Google play. Chinese version need to download APP from Chinese APP store and install.
Issue 2 : Firmware upgrade
Solution: We suggest the users to upgrade YI home camera to the latest version of firmware in order to achieve better performance. Also the users need to indentify the version of YI home camera.Pls note: Chinese version of YI home camera can’t be upgraded to English version and firmware version must match YI home version. International version of YI home camera is equipped with the latest firmware.
What is international version?
I have mentioned it in Geekbuying blog .
“ An international version item is a product depending on the country of origin, international versions of a product may differ from domestic versions in their default settings, packaging materials, language on packaging and instructions, AC adaptors and plugs, accessories, manufacturer warranty or other features.”
[Official U.S. Edition] YI® Home Camera
[Official E.U. Edition] YI® Home Camera
How to distinguish the international version and Chinese version of YI home camera ?
From the above information, we can conclude that the international version of YI home is quite different with the Chinese version. Let’s take a review in details.
The package of International version YI home camera is much better and more environmental than the Chinese version. The Chinese version package is made from wood material and the international version uses recyclable wood material box with a red paper cover. The International version uses English on its package, Chinese version is Chinese language.
User manual or user instruction
The international version of YI home camera is packaged with English User manual. It is much easier for new beginner or foreigner to use YI home came. However, Chinese version is with Chinese user manual. If you buy Chinese Yi home camera, you possibly can’t use it with Chinese user instruction.
The international version of Yi action camera has passed CE and FCC certifications. Comparing to the Chinese version without any certifications. You can get more guarantee and it is much safer to use international version.
When you set up your YI home camera, you need to listen to the audio prompts: you turn on your home camera and waiting for it to say “waiting to connect” in Chinese. If you don’t understand Chinese and you don’t know what should do next, that is very embarrassing. The reason is that international version has English prompt, but the Chinese version of YI home camera is Chinese prompt.
The main difference of international version and Chinese version is language displaying on the screen of APP. After international version connects YI home APP, you can set different languages according to requirements so that there is different language display on your mobile phone. Chinese version in default setting is Chinese and it can’t switch to other language.
International version (English screen display)
Chinese version is with Chinese APP; International version features with the latest five languages APP as the following pictures show.
Chinese version of YI home camera is to be used in China mainland only.
International version is to be used in US and EU countries only.
International version (Five languages APP display )
Chinese version of YI home camera can’t be upgraded to English version and firmware version must match YI home version. International version of YI home camera is equipped with the latest firmware. ( I have mentioned at issue two)
Learn more about international version of YI home camera. Welcome to Geekbuying.
Pls note: Chinese version camera manufactured after 1st November 2015 can’t be used in foreign countries.
Thanks for the review!