Just over a year ago Xiaomi unveiled the Hey Plus smart bracelet on the Youpin platform. It differed from last year’s Mi Band in that it had a larger screen and more powerful NFC capabilities. Today, the company has introduced the next generation model.
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The Hey Plus 1S smart bracelet moves away from the elliptical shape of its predecessor to adopt a more rectangular look. On-board there’s a high quality, Corning Gorilla Glass protected, 0.95 inch AMOLED display. This supports pixel density of up to 228ppi along with 24-bit true color.
What’s interesting about this is that it might give us a hint on what to expect from Xiaomi Mi Band 5. What leads us to this conclusion? The design of the current Mi Band is very similar to last year’s Hey Plus device.
In terms of features you get the usual steps, distance, calories, heart rate, exercise and sleep monitoring. There’s also water resistance down to depths of 50 meters.
Smart functionality consists of an upgraded NFC chip that supports bus cards in 248 cities in China, notifications for calls, messages, alarm clock functionality, smartphone music control, support for the Mi Home smart home system and more. Another use for the NFC chip is as a virtual key for smart door locks.
A strong point of Xiaomi wearables has always been battery life. Hey Plus 1S is no different. Its 120mAh battery will keep the thing going for up to 18 days on standby mode. Charging time is around 2 hours.
As of today, the fitness band can be pre-ordered in Chinese stores Jingdong and Tmall for 179 yuan ($25). There’s no info on international availability but the gizmo is also available on AliExpress in some countries. There are a number of colors to choose from including black, orange and turquoise.
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