Xiaomi is gearing up for a significant launch event in Berlin. The tech giant plans to unveil at least two wearables, with a third also in the cards. The devices in question are the Mi Band 8 Global Edition, the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro, and possibly the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Active.
The gathering is set to take place at 13:00 CET. You can watch the proceedings on mi.com livestream chat. Of most interest to us are the smartwatches and fitness trackers that will see the light of day.
Xiaomi Mi Band 8 global edition
One of these is the Mi Band 8 Global Edition (check it out on Amazon). The wearable has already unofficially hit the market in certain countries. The device comes with a silicone strap and a USB charging cable with a magnetic end. It can be pre-ordered for €46 from various platforms.
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The Mi Band 8 brings several improvements over its predecessor, the Mi Band 7. The most notable upgrade is a two-piece detachable band for greater customization. The device also features an enhanced screen brightness, a higher refresh rate, and an extra day of battery life. It has expanded its sports modes to 150, adding 30 more than the Mi Band 7. However, it still lacks built-in GPS and an altimeter.
Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro: a leap forward
The next device that is confirmed to launch is the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro. This is shaping up to be the company’s first timepiece with SIM support. The device will operate on a Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It will feature a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels. The timepiece promises up to 72 hours of battery life and is water-resistant up to 5 ATM.
The Watch 2 Pro will offer a multitude of health and fitness features, including tracking for 150 different sports, ECG, heart rate monitoring, and body temperature measurement. It is expected to launch with an anticipated price starting at around EUR 400.
The wildcard: Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Active
The enigmatic Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Active might also appear at the Berlin event. While people have spotted the device in various leaks and references, official details remain scarce, adding intrigue.
The Smart Band 8 Active is likely to sport a 1.47-inch display, a notable size for a fitness band. Models like the Red Smart Band Pro 2 and the Amazfit Band 7 seem to have influenced its design.
A two-week battery life stands out as one of its features, appealing to users who don’t want to charge their devices frequently. Leaked marketing images also indicate that the device will have a 5 ATM water resistance, making it suitable for swimming and other water activities.
Speculation suggests that the Smart Band 8 Active will offer various health and fitness tracking features, potentially including heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and possibly SpO2 measurement. The device might fill the mid-range gap between Xiaomi’s basic fitness bands and its more advanced smartwatches. It seems aimed at users who want more than basic fitness tracking but aren’t ready to invest in a full-fledged smartwatch.
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