The Redmi Smart Band was launched in Japan today. The wearable will be coming soon to other regions.
Just a week ago a Declaration of Conformity for the device was discovered in Italy. This implies an imminent European release. A few months ago, the device became available for purchase in Asia.
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This is the sequel to the original product which saw the light of day back in April 2020. So it has been more than two years since then. Which is a long time in the world of wearable technology.
This is, once again, a budget wearable
The first effort from Redmi was an entry-level wearable that costs only $14. Such devices are a popular choice for people who want to track their fitness progress without breaking the bank. It’s a cost-effective way to stay motivated and on track with your fitness goals. Or to see what all the fuss is about.
For a few dollars, you get a device with a 1.08-inch screen, an accelerometer, and an optical heart rate sensor. The device tracks steps, distance, calories, and sleep and has five sports modes.
But no GPS or NFC for the international version. 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.
An iterative upgrade
Redmi has been a sub-brand of the Chinese tech giant since 2019. So it is not surprise the second generation borrows a lot from Xiaomi Mi Band 7.
This time around, you get a much larger 1.47-inch TFT LCD display (172 x 320 pixels) with 450 nits of peak brightness. The screen can be customised with over 100 different dial faces. There are no physical buttons on the 5 ATM device, so you must rely on the touchscreen for navigation.
Sensors include blood oxygen level, as well as the fundamentals. Although there are now 30 different sports modes, there is still no built-in GPS. However, the battery life is quite adequate once again at 2 weeks.
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.
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.
In China, the Redmi Band 2 costs around 159 yuan (about $22) and comes in Midnight Black or Dream White. Pink, Green, and Blue color-ways are also on the way. When it arrives in Europe and the United States, the wearable will cost around $35. This is according to leaked promotional material shared on Twitter.
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