Last year, Xiaomi had surpassed Fitbit and Apple to become the leader in the wearable market. The company has overthrown the premium wearables brands by selling the $30 fitness tracker. The Mi Band and Mi Band 2 are still the popular fitness trackers available in the budget segment. Even though other major brands like Huawei and Lenovo are selling cheaper fitness trackers, their market share is nowhere close to that of Xiaomi.
The current-gen Mi Band 2 was first launched in mid-2016 in China. After skipping the launch of the Mi Band 2’s successor in 2017, the company now officially confirmed to launch the Mi Band 3 in 2018. Last month, the Mi Band 3 with the model number XMSH05HM got the Bluetooth certification. It will be coming with the Bluetooth 4.2 LE connectivity for pairing with the smartphones.
Just like the earlier launched Mi Band fitness trackers, the upcoming Mi Band 3 can also be paired with the Android and iOS smartphones. We expect it to come with the OLED display for showing the time, steps, heart-rate, calories burnt, and notifications. Talking about the pricing, the Mi Band 3 is expected to cost same as its predecessor. It will also come equipped with a heart-rate sensor.
However, we don’t expect the Mi Band 3 to come with premium features like continuous heart rate tracking or the built-in GPS. Without these features, the Mi Band 3 can be launched at a very affordable price and also with 2-3 weeks of battery life. Let’s wait and see, how does the upcoming Mi Band 3 vary from the 2-year old Mi Band 2. Stay tuned on Phone radar for more details!
(Note: The above featured image is of Mi Band 2)