Redmi has launched its first activity tracker today. The Redmi Band is an entry-level wearable that will only set you back $14.
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Launched in the not-too-distant 2013, the outfit became sub-brand of Xiaomi last year. Redmi was initially set-up as a budget entry-level and mid-range smartphone producer. The main distinguishing factor from Xiaomi smartphones is that Redmi uses less-expensive components so is able to cut costs.
The company has gradually transitioned into other products such as routers and appliances, and as of today wearable tech. The first hint of this was released yesterday in the form of two teaser posters on Weibo. But now it’s all official.
Redmi’s first ever fitness band is an entry-level wearable that looks a bit like the Honor Bands, Fitbit Charge range and Realme Band. It inherits a lot from Xiaomi Mi Band 4 such as a colour 1.08 inch screen along with an accelerometer and optical heart rate sensor. The core unit is black while the silicone strap is offered in a number of colour options such as olive tree, blue, orange and black.
This is a fairly basic affair so the thing will monitor steps, distance, calories and sleep. It has 5 sports modes so the built-in heart rate monitor will be useful for monitoring workouts. No built-in GPS, though, or NFC for payments on-the-go – the second of which is available on Mi Band 4. Battery life is a fairly decent two weeks on a single charge.
All things considered this seems to be a good lower-cost alternative to the Mi Band. Xiaomi is rumoured to be looking to launch the fifth generation tracker soon which might come with NFC that works internationally and a larger 1.2 inch display.
Redmi Band is only available in China for now at a crowdfunding price of 95 Yuan ($13). This will climb slightly to 99 Yuan ($14) when it becomes available for retail purchase on April 9th.
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