While the launching of Mi4 is grabbing all the headlines, Xiaomi also launched another thing that might interested you, the Mi Band.
Mi Band is a fitness tracking wrist band. It marks the first step taken by Xiaomi into the wearable market.Mi Band can track your movement and count your steps while you are walking or running.
You can look at your stats on your phone later so that you can make sure you hit your daily exercise target. It can also monitor your sleeping pattern.
If you are not an active person (you should be), Mi Band can also provide some other functionality to you.
When your phone received a call, Mi Band will vibrate and flash its LED light to alert you.
This will be useful when your phone is somewhere else or you are in a noisy place.
It will also work the same way for alarm too.
This is more useful than you think when you do not want to wake up everyone else in the room with your alarm.
When your phone detect the Mi Band on your wrist in close proximity, the phone will unlock itself without having you inputting password.
You do not have press the power button and swipe to unlock either.
This will save you some time and make your experience on the phone even better.
It will be coming with 6 colors.
If you have trouble choosing the right color, the band is exchangeable and you can opt for a leather band too.
It can last 30 days on a single charge, which is quite impressive.
This is great as charging a phone everyday is already not a sweet thing to do, taking care of battery level for another device is just intolerable for me.
It is also rated at IP67, which means that it is dust and water resistant. You do not have to worry about it during your sports time.
The best part of Mi Band, or almost every Xiaomi product, is the price. Each Mi Band will cost you only RMB79 (MYR40).
This is almost crazy as I have not seen any fitness band priced so low before. I think Xiaomi has made its direction clear.
Mi Band is a companion to your phone and it is almost nothing without a phone working with it.
It can expand the functionality and improve your experience with your phone.
However, Mi Band would work with Mi4 which is launched today and Mi3 only.
This is quite reasonable as Xiaomi definitely wants it to be an attraction to its platform.
So if you happen to have a Mi3 or getting a Mi4 soon, I think you should get one for yourself.
It might be slightly awkward for those who wear watches but I think it is totally worth it. I do hope to get one to review it but there is no word on its availability yet.
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