Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is widely expected to land later this year. The latest leak confirms this rumour and gives us a bit more insight on what to expect.
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Sputnik Deutschland News reported on Sunday that the work on the fitness band has already finished. Last month the wearable received Bluetooth SIG certification under the XMSH08H and XMSH07HM monikers. The only difference between the two iterations is the inclusion of an NFC chip for contactless payments on one of them. This will support Mi Pay, although it remains to see if wireless payments will work globally.
Other functions are expected to be the same. Both variants have a Bluetooth 5.0 module to connect to a smartphone. In open terrain they will be able to communicate with smart devices from a distance of 50 metres.
Unlike its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 has a 1-inch colour display. This, of course, consumes significantly more energy. Nevertheless, the new version will keep going between 18 to 20 days on a single charge. Although slightly less than the three weeks of its predecessor, it’s still excellent battery life. This has always been an important selling point of the Mi Band.
Mi Band 3 keeps tabs on all the fitness basics and heart rate, it lets you see messages and Caller ID, there is an option for muting calls and NFC connectivity. It also has functions for checking the weather forecast, turning off the alarm and more. Huami executives hinted that the fourth generation will do all this and more, but did not go into specifics.
Just like its predecessor, Mi Band 4 will be water-resistant down to 5 ATM. Let’s hope Xiaomi enables the option to track swimming as the current version does not support this.
While not as comprehensive as some of the other options out there, Xiaomi Mi band gets the basics right. A simple fitness tracker that works well and comes with a decent smartphone app. These upgrades should make the upcoming wearable an even better option for those looking to stay fit and save cash. We are looking for it to land this summer.
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