Xiaomi, China’s electronics manufacturer known for solid products with extremely low price tags, has launched a successor to its popular Mi Band fitness tracker: the Mi Band 2.
The device is a pretty big departure from the original Mi Band. Unlike that model, the Mi Band 2 has an OLED display, but the price has also risen significantly: from $15 to $23.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a fitness, heart rate and sleep tracker. It sports an ADI accelerometer and an optical heart rate monitor, a 20-day battery (according to Xiaomi), and Bluetooth 4.0 support. It’s water and dust resistant up to IP67 specifications.
Its 0.42-inch OLED screen is not a touchscreen, which is probably one of the secrets behind the Mi Band 2’s low price. Instead, you can tap on the device’s button beneath the screen or flick your wrist to switch from time, step count and heart rate mode.
Even with the price increase compared to the original Mi Band, the Mi Band 2 is still dirt-cheap. For comparison, the Fitbit Charge HR, a close competitor in terms of features, costs $150.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 will be available on June 7 in China in black, blue, green and orange colors. International pricing and availability has not been announced.
Xiaomi has been very active this year, launching cheap but decent-specced devices all across the home electronics spectrum. Just this month, the company launched a $380 drone, and its Mi 5 smartphone flagship, unveiled in February, starts at about $305.
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