Xiaomi has introduced to the world its latest wearable at a launch event in China – the Mi Band 8 Pro. The device comes with a massive 1.74 inch rectangular AMOLED display, built-in GPS and more.
The anticipation for this launch was palpable, thanks to a series of teasers the company posted on its social media accounts in the past few days. But today, all speculations were laid to rest.
Diving deep into the Xiaomi Mi Band 8 Pro – is this a fitness band or smartwatch?
The Mi Band 8 Pro is essentially an enhanced version of its predecessor. It boasts a 1.74″ AMOLED screen, a significant upgrade from the Band 7 Pro’s 1.64-inch display. This screen is not just larger but also brighter, with a luminosity of 600 nits and a refresh rate of 60Hz.
With support for 16.7 million colors and an always-on display feature, users can customize the screen with preset dials, personal photos, or any other images. The widget function further enhances user experience by allowing frequently used functions to be combined on the watch-face.
Given its size and features, one might wonder if it’s still a fitness band. We believe it’s more aptly described as a fitness watch. It might be a fitness band in terms of features, but it is a smartwatch when it comes to appearance.
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To add a touch of personal flair, the Mi Band 8 Pro offers a variety of replaceable belts, ranging from silicone to metal and leather. The device’s battery life is impressive, boasting up to 14 days on a single charge and 6 days with the always-on display activated. Charging is made easy with the magnetic charger, ensuring efficient power-up times.
Health and fitness: A notch above the rest
One of the standout features of the Mi Band 8 Pro is its unique somatosensory sensor, designed to track your body’s somatic senses. This innovative feature, which debuted on the regular band, sets the Mi Band 8 Pro apart from other smart bands and watches.
The device doesn’t stop there. It’s equipped to monitor heart rate, sleep patterns (including naps), Spo2 levels, breathing, and even menstrual cycles. With 150 workout modes and auto-detection features, it provides comprehensive insights into one’s physical well-being.
Water-resistant and packed with features like pulse and blood oxygen saturation tracking, the Mi Band 8 Pro is a fitness enthusiast’s dream. It also comes with GPS and NFC modules, with the former being a GNSS chip supporting five satellite systems. This is something you will not find on Mi Band 8.
Additional features to enhance user experience
The Mi Band 8 Pro is more than just a fitness companion. It comes with a voice assistant, camera and music controls, a flashlight, weather updates, smart notifications, and call alerts. For those moments of leisure, Xiaomi has even integrated games into the Band 8 Pro.
46 × 33.35 × 9.99mm
22.5 grams (without wrist band)
2D straight glued tempered glass cover
Fiber high-sitting polymer NCVM
1.74 inch AMOLED display, 600 NITs, 336 x 448 pixels, 336 PPI
Accelerometer, gyroscope, optical heart rate and blood oxygen, ambient light sensor
GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System)
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Up to 14 days, Fast charging: 80 minutes
5ATM (up to 50 meters)
Xiaomi Mi Band 8 Pro: Availability and pricing
For those eager to get their hands on this device, the Mi Band 8 Pro is available in China. The silicone belt version is priced at 399 yuan (approximately $62 USD), while the leather variant is available for 449 yuan (roughly $70 USD). No word on international availability, but no doubt it will come in time. To remind, we are still waiting for the international release of the vanilla variant.
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