Xiaomi Mi Band 3: Everything You Need To Know
A few weeks ago, Xiaomi announced its Mi 8 smartphone range. Along with it was the Mi Band 3 which is a fitness tracker. So when will it be released? Aside from that, how much will it cost and what are its features?
The Release Date
According to Tech Radar, the Mi Band 3 was confirmed by Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, in early 2018 and was officially announced last month. As for its availability, so far its China release is still unclear, let alone its worldwide release. However, Wearable reported that although it is still unclear when will Xiaomi’s fitness tracker will make its way into the international markets, the said device will head over to India in July following its launch in China.
The fitness tracker is reported to have two versions: a cheaper version and an expensive version (or the NFC version). The cheaper version will cost 169 Yuan (about $26), while the expensive version will cost 179 Yuan (about $30).
The Design, Battery & Specs
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 features a 0.78-inch full touchscreen OLED display. In addition to that, its screen features a resolution of 128 x 80 which is enough to fit 26 Chinese characters on a single screen.
The tracker measures 17.9 x 46.9 x 12mm and weighs 20g. Its straps are interchangeable, and the colors currently available are black, hot orange and deep blue.
It’s powered by a 110 mAh battery to which Xiaomi claims gives the device 20 days of battery life. It’s waterproof of up to 50 meters.
The device has a built-in heart rate monitor which has been optimized for greater accuracy and works all day long. Its pedometer algorithms have also been improved to offer more accurate step counting.
For people who like to exercise, it will allow them to see real-time distance, duration, and other related metrics — this includes swimming as well thanks to the 5ATM rating, but it isn’t clear yet what kind of swim metrics it will be featuring. It also allows users to set goals on the tracker which will make a buzzing sound when you’re getting close to completing them.
It has a sleep monitoring system on board. It also has inactivity reminders to get you off your butt and do something.
The expensive version allows NFC payments. However, it’s not clear how this will work in other markets outside China.
It will have notification support, Caller ID, alarm clocks and a raise-to-wake feature which will allow its users to quickly glance at their stats for the day. In addition to that, the tracker offers a timer and three-day weather forecasts.
The Mi Band 3 has Bluetooth 4.2 technology, allowing it to work with Android 4.4 above as well as iOS 9.0 and above. The expensive version enables contactless payments.
For those using Android phones, they can use the tracker to unlock their phones. However, it wasn’t mentioned which Android phones but it’s safe to say by the very least that the company’s own line of Mi phones will have this support.
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