After its initial launch in China, the Aqara P1 is finally getting an international release today in amazon stores, as well as independent online retailers elsewhere. The new model works with HomeKit, as expected, and whilst it may look quite similar to the original model, this version has a much larger ‘chin’ for want of a better description, the reason for which is that the P1 uses two CR2450 coin batteries, which in turn gives you five years between battery changes.
Additionally, the P1 has the ability to set custom timeouts between detections, with a setting as low as one second along with three different detection sensitivity settings (high, medium, low), which is handy if you’re getting too many false triggers in the distance, and want less sensitivity. It also has an ambient light sensor, although as with the current motion sensor, this is not exposed to HomeKit.
It goes without saying that the P1 is also HomeKit compatible, as are the vast majority of Aqara’s products these days, with only very few not currently supported, due to the relevant product category simply not available in HomeKit (pet feeders, for example).
Finally, as with practically all recent Aqara product releases so far, the P1 motion sensor utilises Zigbee 3.0, whilst the original model uses the now older Zigbee 1.2 standard. Whilst the range of the Zigbee signal remains unchanged with the upgrade, Zigbee 3.0 does provide a more stable experience, along with minor overall background upgrades.