Redmi Smart Band 2 has reportedly entered serial production in certain Asian and European countries. No details yet on possible technical specs but more info will probably emerge soon.
The news comes from well known tipster Mukul Sharma. This is actually the first mention of the next generation Redmi fitness band. We have also not spotted any regulatory filings for the device. These will, no doubt, land in the weeks ahead.
Mukul states that production has started both for the band and its charging dock. He adds that the fitness tracker will probably launch in early 2023.
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This will be the sequel to the original product which saw the light of day back in April 2020. So it has been nearly two years since then. Which is a long time in wearable tech speak.
It will once again be a budget wearable
The first effort from Redmi was an entry-level wearable that costs only $14. For that you get something with a 1.08 inch screen along with an accelerometer and optical heart rate sensor. The device monitors steps, distance, calories and sleep, and it has 5 sports modes.
But no GPS or NFC. That type of functionality was never to be expected considering the low price-tag. Having said that, you do get a decent two weeks on a single charge. All in all, a solid first effort.
Expect version 2 to, once again, be a fairly basic affair. After all, Redmi is known for budget-friendly, entry-level products.
The new device might actually inherit a lot from the latest version of Xiaomi Mi Band 7. Redmi has been a sub-brand of the Chinese tech giant since 2019. And its original activity band borrowed a lot from Xiaomi Mi Band 4. So one could reasonably expect this time around a larger display, an SpO2 sensor and a few more bits and pieces.
We did not review the original Redmi Band but we did review Smart Band Pro – a more sophisticated and slightly more expensive version of the same. That one packs a large 1.47 inch AMOLED display and the standard gamut of fitness sensors, including blood oxygen.
In our review we found it to be a perfectly decent little fitness tracker. Something that represents a nice alternative to the likes of the Xiaomi Mi Band. The highlight of the device is the beautiful, vibrant AMOLED display.
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