Released in tandem with the very much anticipated mi4 smartphone, Xiaomi has launch an aggressive move into the realm of wearable tech; the Mi Band.
Priced at an irresistible $13, the Xiaomi Mi Band packs a multitude of features normally seen only in trackers priced in the range of hundreds of dollars. At the 2014 Xiaomi new products presentation , it was a breath of fresh air hearing Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, detail how he envisions the ideal fitness wrist band to be; functional and aesthetically pleasing and a hard to beat price.
Some of the notable features include unlocking your phone with the Mi Band, 30 days battery life span and IP67 rating.
Here’s a summary of the capability of the Mi Band:
- Activity tracker (Steps, distance, calories).
- Sleep tracker (Smart alarm that wakes you up from light sleep phase).
- Syncs to the smartphone via Bluetooth.
- Unlocking of smartphone with Mi Band.
- Notifies you of notices from your smartphone through vibrations.
- IP67 rating.
- Locate misplaced Mi Band through with your smartphone as long as it’s within Bluetooth range.
- Exchangeable wrist straps.
As of press, the Mi Band only works with Xiaomi mi 3 and mi 4 smart phone sets running Android 4.4 and above. The price is hard to beat. A Mi Band (if you can get your hands on one that is) is less than a fraction of the price of a Fitbit Flex. Find out more here.
The Android app was released on on 21st November 2014. Perhaps that might give you more reason to get your hands on one.