Aqara Motion Sensor Vs Aqara Motion Sensor P1

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As the demand for smart home devices continues to grow, the importance of making informed decisions about which devices to include in your setup can't be overstated.

Two products that you may be comparing as you seek to optimize your home's automation and security are the Aqara Motion Sensor and its new iteration, the Aqara Motion Sensor P1. These two devices offer distinct features that may make one or the other a better fit for your particular needs.

Aqara Motion Sensor

The Aqara Motion Sensor offers a wide 170° motion detection angle. Easy to install with a stand and sticker, it allows for flexible placement. Compatible with both Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, it can seamlessly integrate with a myriad of smart devices. Equipped with a Japanese infrared sensor and a US Polyolefin Fresnel lens, it delivers high-precision motion detection. Its Zigbee connection enables it to operate locally even with a weak WiFi signal, and its alarm mode notifies you of detected motion.

Aqara Motion Sensor P1

The Aqara Motion Sensor P1, on the other hand, detects both body motion and changes in ambient light. If it senses motion or lighting changes, it sends a notification to the Aqara Home app via the connected Aqara Zigbee 3.0 Hub. This sensor requires an Aqara Hub to function as a HomeKit device and offers a ≈170° detection angle with a reach of ≈7 meters. The P1 model uses Zigbee 3.0 for wireless connections.

What's the difference between Aqara Motion Sensor and Aqara Motion Sensor P1?

While both sensors offer 170° motion detection, the newer Aqara Motion Sensor P1 provides additional ambient light detection. Moreover, the P1 model uses the more recent Zigbee 3.0 standard for wireless connections, potentially offering better network performance. Finally, the P1 has double the battery capacity as the original. 

However, the original Aqara Motion Sensor offers an alarm mode, which the P1 does not mention.

Pros & Cons

Aqara Motion Sensor


  • Broad compatibility (Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa)
  • Alarm mode for enhanced security
  • Installation flexibility


  • Does not detect changes in ambient light
  • Uses an older Zigbee standard
  • Half battery life of the P1

Aqara Motion Sensor P1


  • Ambient light detection
  • Uses the more recent Zigbee 3.0
  • Double battery life of the original


  • Requires Aqara Hub to function as a HomeKit device
  • No mention of alarm mode

Spec Comparison Table

Specification Aqara Motion Sensor Aqara Motion Sensor P1
Motion Detection 170° ≈170°
Detection Distance ≈7m ≈7m
Ambient Light Detection No Yes
Wireless Connections Zigbee Zigbee 3.0
Alarm Mode Yes Yes
HomeKit Compatibility Yes Yes 
Battery Type CR2450 2×CR2450


If you're seeking a sensor with broad smart home compatibility and an additional alarm mode for security, the Aqara Motion Sensor may be the better choice.

However, if you value ambient light detection and potentially better network performance due to Zigbee 3.0, the Aqara Motion Sensor P1 would be the preferred option.

Buy the Aqara Motion Sensor P1 here and the Aqara Motion Sensor here.

About the Author

David Bell is the founder of Vesternet. As a contributing author on popular smart home topics including Z-Wave & Zigbee, he’s been cited in a multitude of popular websites, forums & articles over the past 10 years and continues to publish regularly on Vesternet.

With over 25 years in business, and 15 years in home automation, he also heads up all of Vesternet’s commercial initiatives throughout various online channels as an expert in sales, marketing & growth strategies.