It may be just a few short months since Xiaomi Mi Band 4 was launched, but the Chinese tech-giant is already looking ahead to the next version.
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At it’s recent Q&A session to discuss Huami’s Q2 2019 earnings, the company’s founder and chairman Wang Huang was asked if the company plants to continue working with Xiaomi. For the uninformed, Huami is the manufacturer of Xiaomi’s popular Mi Band fitness tracker.
Wang Huang confirmed that the collaboration will continue and added that they have already started work on Xiaomi Mi Band 5. He also revealed the device will land sometime next year.
“We do not have – we do not have a fixed time when we’re going to launch Mi-Band 5,” he said.
“But I would say that we have already started working on Mi-Band 5 with Xiaomi and it’s not going to take that long. So we just launched Mi-Band 4, but potentially toward the [Indecipherable] of next year, we may launch Mi-Band 5.”
It’s not too much of a surprise work has already begun, but it’s evident the launch window between subsequent generations of wearables is narrowing. Twelve-eighteen months is becoming more and more common. And even less in some cases. Samsung launched Galaxy Watch Active 2 a few weeks ago, less than six months after unveiling the first version!
The Xiaomi Mi Band is a success story. The budget wearable comes with many of the features of the leading Western brands, but at a fraction of the price.
The fourth generation tracker has a beautiful 0.95-inch AMOLED colour with 120 x 240 pixel resolution and 2.5D scratch-resistant tempered glass. The previous generation only had a B&W display. The other important change is that Mi Band 4 comes with a better 6-axis high-precision sensor in addition to the heart rate sensor. This allows for more accurate tracking of steps, distance, calories, sleep and more.
It’s no wonder the wearable has been flying off the shelves. The company said shipments of Mi Band 4 totalled 1 million units in just 8 days. The tracker is pricier slightly higher than its predecessor but that was expected considering the upgrades.
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