Sonoff is to many, a well-known manufacturer of low-cost smart home devices. So far, however, the products could only be integrated into Apple Home indirectly (HomeBridge being a prime example). That should change soon, however, when Sonoff will release the first Matter device.
The Sonoff MINIR4M, the successor to the already available MINIR4 is set to be released in May. The exceptionally compact, flush-mounted module is intended to integrate existing light switches into the smart home. The switch can also be decoupled from the connected load, which is a more unique feature. If you use an intelligent light source and do not want the power to be interrupted via the switch, this is no problem with the Sonoff MINIR4M.
While the previous model can only be integrated into Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the new version should also support Apple Home and other smart home systems via Matter, including Samsung SmartThings.
If the price of the new model is also based on the previous model, it would be an absolute hit with a recommended retail price of only $9.90 and would finally show off the advantages of Matter in the HomeKit world. Namely, that devices that could not previously be integrated into Apple Home can officially support Apple’s smart home platform via Matter.
Both models would work on 2.4GHz WiFi, which whilst not a surprise, is less of an attractive proposition compared to Thread-enabled devices.