We finally have the full specs and pics of Xiaomi’s Mi 3 band. Following months of rumors and speculation, the fitness tracker has been made official at an event in Shenzhen today. It seems the predictions were spot on.
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While not as comprehensive as some of the other options out there, Mi Band gets the basics right and with its lightweight, slick design, looks good enough to wear during the day, in the office or for an evening function. But the tracker has been long overdue for an update.
The design of the third generation tracker is very similar to that of its predecessor, with a module that can be removed from the strap. The 0.78 inch, 128×80 pixel, OLED display has an oval shape which blends well with the strap. There is a color display this time around with improved pixel resolution, and its touch sensitive. As the pictures show, Mi Band 3 also has what looks to be a sensory control button along the bottom edge.
The bracelet will be made of stainless steel, to ensure water resistance down to depths of 50 meters (5 ATM). You will be able to choose between black, blue and pink color straps.
In terms of functionality, the Mi Band 3 keeps tabs on the fitness basics and heart rate, it lets you see messages and Caller ID, there is an option for muting calls and NFC connectivity. There are also functions for checking the weather forecast and turning off the alarm. The fitness tracker can stay on for up to 20 days and has a raise to wake function.
Best of all, the Chinese tech giant is keeping the price super-cheap. The band will be sold for 179 yuan which is roughly $30 and will be available on Tuesday, June 5. This is the price in China, of course, so expect a slight bump in price once it makes its way across the border. The more expensive NFC version retails for an extra $3.
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