Xiaomi’s Mi Band was a hit with millions of the health wearables sold in China and a few other countries. The device is a simple intelligent strap with three LED lights and nothing more. Via Bluetooth, the device would connect to your smartphone and inform you about the number of steps you took each day. Apart from this, it also has additional features of monitoring your sleep and alert you about notifications on your phone.
Though the first version of the Mi Band was extremely affordable, the device did have a few missing features that could have added more value to the product. A simple display to show the time and a heart rate sensor are some of the inclusions that the Mi Band could have implemented. The company did include a heart rate sensor on a different version—the Mi Band Pulse, and tagged it at a very low price of just Rs 990.
Now the company is ready with the next sequel for the Mi Band. The Mi Band 2, which is ready for launch, is reported to be unveiled in China on June 7. The Mi Band 2 will be almost identical to the earlier version, albeit a little broader to accommodate a display screen. The display will show the time, apart from a few other information feeds, such as steps, alarms and others. The Mi Band is expected to be priced a little higher, but given that Xiaomi aggressively prices all their devices, we could probably see the Mi Band 2 priced exactly as the earlier version. The device would face a competition with Micromax’s Yu Fit, which holds almost identical specs of the Mi Band 2.