The Mi Band series of fitness bands from Xiaomi have been a great success. They are cheap, well-built, and provide great features for the price. Now, it looks like the latest iteration, Mi Band 3, is just around the corner as Xiaomi has officially teased the product on social media.
Many eagle-eyed journalists and media had noticed Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun wearing an unseen wearable during the recent launch event for the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming smartphone. Now we’re pretty sure that the device was most likely the latest Mi Band.
Mi Band 3: Expected Features
From the teaser image, we can concur that the band will have a touchscreen display, instead of physical buttons that were present in older models. The Mi Band 2 also came with a display, but it did not support touch input. It also had a heart-rate sensor, so we can expect the same with the Band 3.
We can also expect amazing battery life, as that has always been one of the best selling points for the Mi Band series. Current wearables don’t really provide great battery life, but the Mi Band is known for this. Xiaomi would have also improved the accuracy and sensitivity of the band. It should also be water and dust resistant, as both Mi Band and Band 2 both were.
The UI on the wearable should be gesture based, as reported by previous leaks. Swiping up or down on the display should unlock and bring up features on the screen. Since the device has a touchscreen display, it would most likely cost more than previous versions.
Mi Band 3: Expected Price, Availability
The Mi Band costs just Rs. 999, while the Mi Band 2 with the heart-rate sensor and OLED screen was priced at Rs. 1,999. Therefore, you can expect the Mi Band 3 to be priced around Rs. 4000 – 5000. At that price, and with the features included, it is still a pretty good option for those looking at fitness bands.
The teaser image was posted from Xiaomi’s official account, which means that we can expect an official announcement very soon. As for availability, the Mi Band 3 will first go on sale in China, and then most likely make its way to India.